Well-Known Winery on The Market

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(Image courtesy of Chateau Thomas WInery.) (Image courtesy of Chateau Thomas WInery.)
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A longtime central Indiana winery is up for sale. Plainfield-based Chateau Thomas Winery, which was founded by doctor-turned-winemaker Charles Thomas in 1984, is listed for an undisclosed price on the Indiana Commercial Real Estate Exchange website. The listing says Thomas, who is now 86, is "ready to slow down a little" and that revenue and distribution outlets are growing.

The company says more than 200 retailers in Indiana carry Chateau Thomas wines. The business was originally located near the Eli Lilly campus on the south side of Indianapolis, but has since relocated to Plainfield. Its Hendricks County facilities include a gift shop, indoor entertainment venue and banquet room.

Chateau Thomas wines are made from grapes from California, Washington and Oregon that are shipped to be crushed on-site where the juices are fermented. The company says the winery pumps out over 15,000 cases annually.

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