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Taste the Local Flavor at Area Wineries and Breweries

Posted on March 1, 2023

If you really want to get a “taste” of the Santa Claus, Indiana, area, is there a better place to go than our outstanding wineries and breweries? With amazing selections, tastings and flights, and comfortable settings, they’re a great place to sip the day away!

And whether your drink of choice is fruity and sweet or strong and stout, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at this area’s wineries and breweries.

Visit Wineries and Breweries in the Santa Claus, Indiana, Area 

When you’re planning your visit to the Santa Claus, Indiana, area, be sure your itinerary includes time to sample the local flavor. Open year ’round, our wineries and breweries are a great place to relax, recharge… and even grab a great meal!

Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery 


Nestled in a secluded country setting, Monkey Hollow Winery and Distillery features a welcoming tasting room and outdoor seating that overlooks the vineyard. Their comprehensive offering of wines includes dry reds and whites, fruity favorites like blueberry and apricot, seasonal flavors, and more.

But Monkey Hollow offers more than just wines. They also produce a selection of distilled spirits, including gin, vodka, and whiskey, in their facility. Monkey Shine, their version of moonshine, is a popular choice with locals and visitors alike!  

Monkey Hollow hosts local musicians throughout the year and is located close to popular area attractions. Before your visit to the winery, take a stroll around the grounds of the spectacular Saint Meinrad Archabbey. After, enjoy a fantastic meal at New Boston Tavern

Pepper’s Ridge Winery 


Pepper’s Ridge Winery is tucked away on a quiet country road and offers a peaceful setting in which visitors can enjoy their wines. Try a sampling of the winery’s 20+ varieties inside the cozy tasting room. Or claim a table outside and pair your favorite flavor with truly beautiful scenery.

Specializing in fruit wines, Pepper’s Ridge purchases most of their fruits locally. The winery’s popular Lakeview Peach is made using peaches from the nearby Lakeview Orchards.   

If you’re planning a getaway for two to the area, a stay at Corner House Bed & Breakfast is a great choice. The charming B&B is located just a short walk from Pepper’s Ridge!

River City Brew Works 


Located in a restored historic building, River City Brew Works isn’t just a place for diehard craft beer fans. It’s also a great place to take the whole family! From whimsically named beers, like Ohio River Bottoms, to the delicious kid-friendly root beer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Regardless of your drink order, you’ll want to pair it with some of River City’s great grub. The menu is filled with crowd-pleasers, like pizza, wings, and tasty appetizers. Plus, keep an eye on the taproom’s Facebook page for delicious specials.  

While you’re in town, be sure to check out some of the area’s unique attractions. Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum is just a few blocks away. And Holiday Drive-In is less than a five-minute drive.

Santa Claus Brewing Co. 


At Santa Claus Brewing Co., you can truly eat, drink, and be merry! Housed inside the former American Legion building in the town of Santa Claus, the taproom is ready to welcome all ages. 

There’s a variety of craft beers on tap, but non-beer drinkers will find lots to enjoy, too, like a rum slushie or bloody Mary. Hungry visitors can indulge in delicious pizza, sandwiches, and specials. And if you want to commemorate your visit, you can choose from a wide selection of shirts, glasses, growlers, and other merchandise featuring the delightful Santa Claus Brewing Co. logo.

Be sure to experience all the festiveness the town of Santa Claus has to offer. From high-flying fun at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari to a sweet visit to Santa’s Candy Castle, it’s easy to plan a very merry visit! 

Savor Even More Local Flavor 

There’s tons of fun waiting for you in the Santa Claus, Indiana, area. Download the 2023 Visitor Guide to start building your perfect itinerary!