Two EE's Winery pops the cork and opens for business

Congratulations to Two EE’s Winery who opened for business on May 25! While the initial opening was low-key, a large grand-opening party is planned for late June, say owners Eric Harris and Emily Hart. Here’s a feature story with more details from the Huntington Herald-Press.

Two EE's Winery close to opening

Source: By Toni Thrasher, Huntington Herald-Press, 5/21/13

Photo Caption: Eric Harris, center, talks to Huntington County commissioners Larry Buzzard, Leon Hurlburt and Tom Wall about Two EE's Winery. Harris said the winery may open Saturday.

The building is finished and decorated and the wine is chilling in large containers, visible from the simply — yet beautifully — decorated main room at Two EE’s Winery off U.S. 24.

The winery, which is very close to opening according to owners Eric Harris and Emily Hart, has made much progress this year. As of Saturday, the labels have been approved by the federal government and are currently being printed. After the labels are printed and affixed to the bottles, the winery will be ready to open its doors.

Harris and Hart invited the Huntington County Commissioners and other officials on a short tour of the facility Monday afternoon.

Harris said the target opening date is Saturday.

“I’m looking forward to it if it happens,” he said.

While Harris wants to keep the initial opening low-key, a large grand opening party is planned for late June, after Hart — who has been crowned this year’s Miss Indiana — competes in the Miss USA pageant.

“We’ll have food and music and a lot of things going on,” he said. “We’ll have a lot more wine available then. If we do open this weekend, we’ll have seven wines, but when it’s in full swing, we’ll have 17 to 20. It will change; obviously if we sell out of something, we won’t have it anymore.”

Tina Bobilya, executive director of the Huntington County Visitors Bureau, said she is “very excited” for the winery to open its doors.

“It brings a whole new audience to the county,” she said. “Wineries are one of those things that people are willing to drive very far to visit and people seek them out. That adds a whole new level to tourism in our area. We’ll be attracting a whole new group of people.”

Leon Hurlburt, president to the commissioners, was impressed with the facility.

“It’s really going to boost tourism,” he said. “It’s a beautiful facility.”