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Sue and Marion Wilson,
Carousel Winery

Sue and Marion Wilson “moved from ocean to ocean about five times” during Marion’s career as a senior executive in the resort industry until a series of planned and unplanned changes landed the family in Indianapolis. Wanting to live a more quiet life away from a large city, the couple purchased a piece of property in Bedford where they eventually began their next venture, Carousel Winery.

The Wilsons, who developed an appreciation for fine wines during their extensive world travel and enjoyed experimenting with home winemaking, say that the winery “just sort of happened”. With guidance from Purdue University, the couple honed their wine making skills and now “have set their goals high” to become one of the premiere wineries in the Indiana.

The young winery, started in 2003, has already captured a number of international awards and currently offers a selection of dry whites, dry reds, fruit wines, a semi-dry/semi sweet white, sweet white, sweet red, and a specialty winter spice wine. The couple loves developing new wines and Sue says it would take her three lifetimes to make all the different ones she wants to create.

In addition to their passion for fine wine, the Wilsons share a passion for fine art. On the first Saturday of each month the winery hosts an “Artist on Review” evening featuring the works of a local artist. The art is then put on display in the winery for the rest of the month. The winery’s tasting room features a more permanent Indiana art installation-a bar created by local artist Billy Harper which is made with local Bedford limestone.

In addition to developing more wines, the Wilsons would like to grow their newly established wine cruise vacation business and develop the area around the winery to become a tourist destination “drawing on the area’s beautiful natural resources to expand the tourism industry in Lawrence County”.

The Indiana Artisan logo on their product has already positively influenced their customers. Sue says many of her customers are curious about the Indiana Artisan program and impressed when she tells them about Indiana’s commitment to support and promote local producers. She proudly says it was an honor to receive the designation noting that “it’s rewarding for us to be able to represent the great state of Indiana with our product.”