Smell, sip, swish: Carmel readies for annual Art of Wine

Guests at last year’s Art of Wine enjoy local tastings in downtown Carmel. (Submitted photo)

Guests at last year’s Art of Wine enjoy local tastings in downtown Carmel. (Submitted photo)

By Desiree Williams


Wine lovers: mark your calendars. Art of Wine will take place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 16 in the Carmel Arts & Design District.

“The Art of Wine event was one the city generated to encourage large groups of people to come down and enjoy main street in a festival-like setting,” said Melanie Lentz, project manager for the Community Relations and Economic Development Department.

The event is open to all ages, but those 21 and older can purchase a wine glass and a wristband for $20 on arrival at any of the four checkout points. There will be booths set up along Main Street featuring each winery. The booths offer a variety of wines for tasting to those with wristbands, as well as the option to purchase wines by the bottle.

“We’re marrying art with music and food and wine,” Lentz said. “It’s a good way to tie in the Arts & Design District and bring it all together.”

Lentz said the event has become so popular that 18 wineries were asked to participate this year and 5,000 wine glasses were ordered in preparation for a large crowd.

“You can bring your entire family to the event and walk freely throughout the event,” Lentz said. “It just creates a good, close environment.”

Fourteen wineries have confirmed their participation this year, including Hopwood Cellars from Zionsville.

For those under 21, the restaurants and galleries throughout the District will be open. There will be a concert in the PNC bank lot at the end of the night as well.

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