Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery to open soon on Main Street


By Maria Cook

Indiana-grown wines will soon be coming to Main Street.

Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery, a business based out of Montgomery County, recently announced it will open a tasting room in Carmel within the next few months. The business was founded in 2010 by retired marketing executive David Phillips and farmer and entrepreneur Zach Cain. Phillips is a Carmel resident and Cain lives in Darlington, Ind.

Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery derives its name from Sugar Creek, a tributary stream of the Wabash River that runs near the Cain family farm in Montgomery. Phillips, co-founder and president of Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery, is an accomplished canoer. Philips said that incorporating his love for water sports into his wines was important and that all Sugar Creek wines have names related to waterways.

“It is this history and experience with whitewater sports that I decided to incorporate into the naming of all Sugar Creek wines and to carry this theme forward as well as the look and feel of the tasting room,” Phillips said.

The Carmel tasting room will offer a selection of wines made from Indiana-grown grapes as well as wines featuring grapes from California, New York, Oregon and South America.

“Our goal is to have a wine for everyone, from the new wine drinker to more seasoned enthusiasts to enjoy in a relaxed, comfortable and informative environment, celebrating all outdoor activities with a focus on water sports,” Philips said.

Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery’s tasting room will be at 1111 W. Main Street. Those interested in part-time employment may submit applications through the Sugar Creek Vineyard and Winery website,

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