Running Vines Winery
We feature wines for the entire palate. From the dry light bodied wines of our Fit Collection, to fruitier sweeter wines of our Race Collection.
- A local, family owned and operated winery.
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Nicki knew the market of NW Indiana as she has resided there her entire life. She was familiar with the Michigan and Indiana Wine trails. Walt was familiar with the area as he stayed with Nicki while playing minor league baseball in the area for a few months. They both knew the market had room for more wineries, and they already knew they had some uniqueness to theirs.
Nicki texted her husband fully expecting him to tell them both they were crazy. Instead, he said it was an amazing idea. Walt ran the idea by his wife Katie who fully supported them branching out into the Indiana market. With both spouses on board, Walt and Nicki literally ran with the idea.
Nicki found some suitable locations all which had different appeals and arranged for a visit with Walt & Katie. So just six short weeks after the birth of the daughter, Walt & Katie came to Indiana. They scoped out all the possible locations, went on some wine tours, and nailed down their location. The pair decided on the main street shoppes right in the heart of Nicki’s hometown, Chesterton. There was one thing missing when they left .… a name.
Walt & Nicki had kicked around a lot of different ideas but they did not feel it with any names they had come up with yet… Walt thought having vines in the name would be cool as none of his other locations used it. Nicki really wanted to incorporate both parties love of fitness, especially running into the new business. As she was grocery shopping just a few short hours after Walt & Katies departure, Nicki came up with Running Vines while getting everything she needed for homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs for her sons cross country meet the next day. She texted Walt, expecting him to say no, to only get a phone call right away saying he & Katie loved it! That day Walt trademarked the name and the two have been “Running” with their winery.
Walt & Nicki grew up in tight knit Italian family. They wanted to incorporate their love for family, their heritage, and their communities into Running Vines. Both Walt and Nicki feel community involvement is important as well as leading a healthy lifestyle. So the pair has partnered to put on several different athletic events in the area as well as they will host occasional free fun runs with tastings at the winery.
Like a vine and it’s branches, Running Vines will be intertwined in its local community, giving back to local causes and charities.