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September 18, 2013

Oak Hill Winery celebrates 10 years in Converse

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"We thought it'll either be a good business or we'll have a whole lot of wine to drink," Betty Jo said, chuckling.

It turns out their fears were unfounded.

This year they’re celebrating their 10th anniversary.

Their winery isn’t big — not even by Indiana standards. There are 70 wineries in the state, and Rick said they’re in the bottom 25 percent in terms of size.

Oliver Winery — the largest in the state — makes about 750,000 gallons of wine each year. That’s about 3.75 million bottles.

Rick and his wife make about 3,000 gallons or 15,000 bottles.

But it isn’t always about size. Rick said his favorite wineries aren’t all that big.

“Little wineries tend to have more personality,” he said. “You’ll get wines you won’t find anywhere else.”

Oak Hill Winery sells 20 to 25 different varieties of wine ranging from apple, blackberry, peach and cranberry, to a unique Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio.

A sweet, Concord grape wine is their biggest seller, perhaps followed by a dry, red wine that’s also made with Concord grapes.

That’s a unique combination, Rick said.

“I think I’m the only one in the world who makes a dry red with Concords,” he said. “I hope no one else ever does.”

At Oak Hill Winery, it’s sometimes hard to tell what kind of wine you’re getting just by the name, though.

All of the Moultons’ products are named after a local spot.

There’s the Peru Peach, Sycamore Stump, Eel River, Wildcat Creek White and Wabash Valley Red.

And that sweet Concord grape wine that people keep coming back for, it’s called Bunker Hill.

The local names make Oak Hill’s wines a popular gift during the holidays.

Rick said half of his sales are made in October, November and December.

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