Two EE's Winery sits on a hillside along U.S. 24 between Fort Wayne and Huntington. The 6,000-square-foot winery houses a 2,000-square-foot tasting room with windows into the production room on one side and the vineyards on the other. The business has been a long time coming – ground was broken in August 2011.
Harris said it won't be long before the winery opens, but he couldn't give an exact date.
Two EE's has bottled three wines so far: Traminette, which Harris describes as an “off dry” white wine; Dolcetto, a dry red; and Catawba, a semi-sweet rose.
With only a 2-acre vineyard most of the wine Two-EE's will produce will come from grapes imported from California or the East Coast. Harris said about 95 percent of all wineries source the majority of their fruit from other growers. “We're very involved with our growers,” he said.
The small vineyard at Two-EE's is “more for fun,” Harris said. Having even a small vineyard should help attract tourists to the winery. “It's because people expect to see vineyards at a winery,” he said. Two-EE's is visible from U.S. 24.
Two-EE's does plan to bottle a small amount of wine from its own grapes.
Eventually the winery plans to produce 25 to 30 wines over a calendar year, with about 20 different wines available at any given time. The wine will cost $10 to $25 a bottle, Harris said.
Harris said the interest in opening a winery began seven years ago when he and Hart were dating and “her dad walked up from the basement with winemaking equipment.”
At that time there weren't any wineries in this area; since then Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard has opened in LaOtto.
Aside from opening the winery, Hart and Harris have a lot going on in their lives, including planning a wedding. But that can't happen for a while; Hart, who is Miss Indiana USA, will compete in the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas on June 16. She can't be in the pageant if she's married.
Eventually, however, the two will marry and work together at the winery. They have no qualms about spending so much time together. “We like to hang out together,” Harris said.
Two-EE's WineryWhat: A soon-to-open winery in this area, on U.S. 24 between Fort Wayne and Huntington
When: The winery will open as soon as it gets labels printed and on the bottles. The hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Where: 6808 N. U.S. 24 E., Huntington
Etc.: Two-EE's will be able to sell wine on Sundays, because as an agribusiness it is exempt from Prohibition laws that prohibit stores in Indiana from selling alcohol on Sundays.