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Steve Kraft pours a glass of wine on a Saturday afternoon in the tasting room at Quibble Hill near Palmyra. He and his wife, Jamie, opened the winery earlier this year. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

Couple has no quibbles with their winery


June 18, 2014 | 02:43 PM

Steve and Jamie Kraft have enjoyed their secluded home near Palmyra for the past 18 years. Now, the couple welcomes visitors, including strangers, to their property at 338 Gowers Lane NW, Depauw.

Earlier this year, the Krafts opened Harrison County's newest winery, Quibble Hill.

"It was going to be Quarry Hill," Jamie said, because there's an old quarry at the top of the hill of their property.

However, an orchard in northern Ohio that also has a winery and uses that name sent a cease-and-desist letter.

"I wanted to keep our logo," said Jamie, who works in advertising and will retire at the end of the month. "I was determined I was going to keep the Q."

So, she searched for other suitable words and came upon Quibble, which, in the Krafts' case, means a minor objection.

Their wines reflect a rock theme and include the names of their canines, including Lacy who recently passed away.

Their reds are Lacy's Ledge, Stonewall Jaxun and Rockin's Red, and the whites include Porch Punch, Ike's Fury and Morn' Mist. They also have red and white sangrias.

The winery was Steve's idea. He is retired from a chemical plant in Jeffersonville. The couple had been visiting wineries the last 10 to 12 years.

John Fouts, who started the Grateful Goat near Palmyra, encouraged Steve to enter a wine he had made at a contest in Indianapolis. Steve came home with a bronze medal from the event.

"It's a lot of fun," Steve said of the chemistry part of making wine. "You meet a lot of nice people."

The Krafts said they have received tips and do's and don'ts from other winery owners. They also purchased much of the Grateful Goat's equipment when it closed.

Quibble Hill's 20-by-30-foot tasting room, which also has a selection of gift items, was done mostly by Steve. A front deck on the outside of the building overlooks a small vineyard on the Krafts' property.

"A vineyard is a lot of work," said Steve, who recently planted about 100 new Niagara plants after losing about half of his previous ones to the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

Steve plans to make available a charcoal grill to the "picnic-friendly site, and there is a pavilion to feature musicians. The Krafts have had The Salty Dawgs, Eric Tyler, Kevin Rees and the 1 Man Monster, Ed Rodimel, perform for visitors on Saturday afternoons.

The couple also is making the rounds to various events, such as Southern Indiana Uncorked, Ladies Night at Blue River Farm Supply, Vintage Indiana and a fashion show hosted by Curves, and they plan to participate in the Winter Wine Walk in Corydon in December. They also hope to join the Hoosier Wine Trail, which currently features nine wineries along the Interstate 64 corridor.

Quibble Hill is open from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The Krafts can accommodate small groups but recommend calling ahead to make arrangements.

For more information, call 1-502-424-9559, visit online at quibblehillwinery.com or find the winery on Facebook.

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