Shady Creek Winery


Tim Anderson loves what he does. With his brothers, Mike, Jim and Jerry, and sister Kathy (along with their respective spouses), they operate Shady Creek Winery in Michigan City, Ind.

“We’re all fans of wine,” says Anderson, adding that Mike has been making wine for over a decade. “We’re all interested in wine and enjoying wine. We talked about finding a lifestyle business we could all enjoy.”

And so in 2009, Shady Creek winery opened its doors, and for the Anderson siblings, it’s been a celebration of wine and its lifestyle ever since.

“It took us three years to go from business plan to opening,” says Anderson. Today, the winery occupies a modern 6,000- square-foot barn at the northeast corner of Michigan City.

Visitors are greeted by a large, open-air barroom with comfortable chairs and tables, although Anderson says the most popular spot is a screened-in porch that overlooks a small pond on the 20-acre winery.

“Wine is the perfect complement to cheeses and crackers. The food is designed to enhance the stay,” says Anderson, although Shady Creek Winery is not a full-service restaurant. “We’re not on a wine trail, so we need to be a destination. That’s why we’ve made this place unique.”

The works of local artists adorn the walls, something Anderson says is an important part of the experience.

Besides walk-in visitors, Shady Creek also has a private tasting room for up to eight people. There, they can sample the varieties produced at Shady Creek and talk with the people who created the vintage.

For 22 years Anderson was involved in “technology stuff – computer hardware and software,” but wanted something else. “Starting from nothing isn’t new for me; just the industry I’m in is,” he says.

Among the most popular wines at Shady Creek is Beach Glass, a dry white wine blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Seyval Blanc grapes. It was recognized in the Indianapolis International Wine Competition.

Currently, Shady Creek has 13 to 15 varieties on hand, but Anderson would like to release three more. The winery produces about 1,000 cases (some 13,000 bottles) a year. Shady Creek’s wines range in price from $12 to $28 a bottle, with the majority
at just under $15.

“We like the environment a winery creates,” says Anderson. “We’ve learned that wine drinkers are wine finders.

“The people who come through our door are interested in our product. We never know who’s coming or where they’re from, but that’s the exciting part of the business. They’re happy to be here, and we’re happy to have them.

“We’re proud and humbled at the response to our winery,” says Anderson. “Once people try it, they like it. The trick is getting them in the door.”

Shady Creek Winery is at:

2030 Tryon Road
Michigan City, IN 46360

Hours are:

Wednesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12 to 5 p.m.

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