A downtown Indianapolis winery recently completed a multi-million dollar expansion.
Easley Winery invested $2 million to double production capacity with a new fully-automated Italian bottling line.
“At this point we can easily double what we are producing without having to expand any further in downtown” says co-owner Meredith Easley.
She says the technology will allow them to keep up with a growing demand, and the expansion is already paying off.
“We recently rolled out our millionth bottle of wine and that would not have been possible without this recent acquisition of this bottling line,” Easley says.
The new bottling equipment enables Easley Winery to become the only Indiana winery auto filling 1.5 liter bottles in high volume. Earlier this year, Easley introduced 1.5 liter bottles of Reggae Sangria and Reggae Margarita. Sales of these products surpassed expectations and are being sold by national retailers including Kroger, Walmart and CVS, as well as Meijer regionally.
The urban winery has been around since 1974 and is Indiana’s oldest family-owned winery. It currently employs 12 full-time and 28 part-time workers.