The Winery

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French Lick Winery opened for business in 1995 in the Beechwood Mansion in French Lick, just down the road from its current location. As the winery grew and began to produce more varieties, it became evident that we needed more room. In 2004 we began renovations on a spacious section of the Kimball Piano factory and in 2005 we opened French Lick Winery along with the Vintage Café, and large gift shop. Large glass windows line one wall and allow for comfortable viewing of our production area.

The tasting bar is a prominent feature in the building. Trained wine servers lead our guests through the expansive list of over 30 different wines, ranging from dry to sweet, fortified and sparkling.

Our tastings are $6 for 8 wines. Every month we feature 2 wines and offer complimentary tastings of those 2 wines. We offer wine flights at the table as well as wine slushies and a craft cocktail bar.

 
 

Heaven’s View Vineyard

Heaven’s View is the name of our vineyard and it sits on Kim Doty’s family farm.  Kim’s family farm was designated a Hoosier Homestead farm in 2015 having been in her family for 128 years.  The property was passed down to Kim in 2000 from her mother.  She is the 5th generation of women in her family to own the land.  The farm has passed through women for the last 5 generations and will be passed to Aaron and Nick as the 6th generation to own it. It will stay in the family as one of Nick’s three daughters will continue the tradition as the 7th generation.

The farm is located in Rutherford Township in Martin County.  Cattle and swine were raised on the crops grown on the 515 acres of tillable soil and wooded areas.  It is now used to grow grapes and grains for the winery and distillery.  The 8-acre vineyard was planted in 1997 on the highest spot on the farm overlooking the east fork of the White River, on one of the highest elevations in Martin County.   Traminette, Noiret, Steuben, Catawba, Cayuga White, and Chambourcin are some of our varietals growing there. 

 
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Meet the Owners

 

 
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John Doty

Owner & Vintner

Spirits of French Lick and French Lick Winery owner and vintner, John Doty, graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Economics – Farm and Business Management, with minors in Agronomy and Animal Science in 1978. He worked in agribusiness banking for 22 years before retiring to work full time at the winery. John grew up on a farm and has managed Kim’s Homestead farm since 1978. John has concentrated most of his efforts on the Spirits of French Lick distillery since 2015.

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Kim Doty

Owner & Cellar Master

Spirits of French Lick and French Lick Winery owner, Kim Doty, is a Cellar-Master and certified by the American Wine Society as a wine judge. She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Horticulture/Greenhouse Management. For 28 years she worked for the US Postal Service, first as a clerk and later as Postmaster, before retiring to devote all of her time to the winery. Our Heaven’s View Vineyard is located on Kim’s Hoosier Homestead Farm which has been in her family since 1888, passed down through the generations from woman to woman. Kim became the first female president of the Indiana Wine & Grape Council from 2016-2018 and was the President of the Indiana Uplands Wine Trail for seven years (2007-2014) and is now serving as the trail’s treasurer.

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Nick Doty

Owner & Head Winemaker

Meet our Head Winemaker, Nicholas Doty. He earned a degree in Business Management from the University of Southern Indiana in 2004. He gained experience in the restaurant industry and framing houses in high school and college, but has primarily dedicated the past 25 years to making great wines and growing the family business. As an amateur joke writer he is also our Keeper of Morale and Defender of the Realm.

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Aaron Doty

Owner & Wine maker

Aaron graduated from Vincennes University in 2009 with a degree in Business Management. He wears many hats at the winery and handles several different jobs including pressing grapes, fermentation, and cold stabilizing. He also assists in equipment cleaning, bottling, and managing the wine stock for the gift shop. Aaron enjoys sports and cheers for the Steelers, Hoosiers and the St. Louis Cardinals. He spends his free time playing video games and fishing.

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Laurelin Doty

Owner & Director of Operations

Laurelin Doty is the incoming Director of Operations. She earned a degree in International Relations/History from Indiana Wesleyan University and was working on a Nursing degree when she met Nicholas Doty. She has over a decade of experience in catering and hospitality. She is a pianist and an avid reader, but these days she spends most of her leisure time corralling 3 small humans and a giant dog.

 

Meet The Senior Staff

 

 
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Andy Kasprzak

General Manager

Andy has been working in the Restaurant Industry since he was 12 years old starting out as a bus-boy in an Illinois country club. Andy has a decade’s worth of Mixology training and experience and helped bring our craft cocktails to another level. With a college degree and higher education focused on Economics, he brings a practical business sense to our Front of House. He is our Super GM and handles anything that comes his way.

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Claudia Chatman

Retail Manager & Group Reservations Coordinator

Claudia has worked in the hospitality industry since 1992 starting off as a server waiting tables and found her love her of working with the public. She has lived in the area for over half of her life and has worked at the Winery for 10 years starting as a bartender and transitioning into the positions she holds now. She is a self-proclaimed tomboy and adores her Toyota Tacoma truck! She loves fishing and cats and knows exactly what to order so that our gift shop stays stocked with anything and everything a wine and spirits lover could want.


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Jolee Kasprzak

Marketing Director

Originally from Southern California, Jolee has worked in the Hospitality Industry for most of her life. Moving to Indiana when she was 25, she took a job at a sign company mixing her customer service skills with her design sense and art education. After managing a corporate restaurant for four years her move into marketing was very natural. She brings her assertive leadership skills, enthusiastic personality, and red headed sensibilities into everything she does.


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Shanna jones

Kitchen Manager

Born and raised right here in French Lick/West Baden, Shanna has dedicated her life to the winery and The Vintage Café. Since the tender age of 19 she has worked her way up from a line cook, learning as she went, to Kitchen Manager. Shanna has a very hands-on management style. She insists on the importance of team work and communication with her crew, which allows her kitchen to be efficient and flow well during busy times. When her life isn’t revolving around pizza, she enjoys spending time with her partner and their child as well as watching crime shows and murder mysteries.


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Sean White

Sales Manager

Sean joined the French Lick Winery and the Spirits of French Lick team in 2018 with over 20 years of experience in the spirits industry. Sean previously worked at Glazer’s Distributing Co. as a District Manager where he managed over 1,000 accounts and 8 million dollars in business across the state of Indiana. He left Glazers in the spring of 2016 to pursue at career at Southern Wine and Spirts as an Area Manager. During his years as a manager in the Wholesale Distribution channel, Sean managed two sales consultants of the year and sat on several advisory panels to increase proficiency within both organizations. Sean has dedicated himself to his continuous education in the industry earning certificates as a Whiskey Ambassador, Scotch Brand Ambassador, Certified Specialist in Tequila, and was a graduate of the Filson Bourbon Academy. Sean and his wife, Lori, have a fourteen-year-old daughter, Ellie. In his spare time, he and his family act as a foster family for the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership. He also sits on the board of directors as President for Launch Athletics.


 
 
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The Café

Vintage Café is a casual dining, Italian restaurant that serves pizzas, pastas, salads, breads and desserts. In their desire to make a quality product, the Doty’s researched and tested recipes to ensure they would be both appetizing and unique. Their signature pizza dough is made from a starter that was brought over from Naples, Italy, the birthplace of pizza over 200 years ago. The marinara sauce is a family recipe and the alfredo sauce is made one pan at a time.

 
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