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Oliver Winery Recognized as ‘Best of Indiana’ by Co-op Members

Electric Consumer, the monthly publication of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, is recognizing businesses and attractions throughout the state via its “Best of Indiana” contest. The magazine’s sixth readers’ choice contest in 15 years, allowed readers to vote in eight categories.  

Contest categories included Indiana’s best burger, campground, ice cream, and winery. In the latter category, Oliver Winery was recognized as the “2017 Best Winery” in Indiana.

A member of South Central Indiana REMC (SCI REMC), and located in Bloomington, Oliver Winery started as a hobby back in 1960. This award-winning employee-owned company is Indiana’s oldest and largest winery, and is the largest winery east of the Mississippi River.

“We’re always happy when local businesses are recognized like this, and we thank the readers of Electric Consumer for selecting Oliver Winery as one of its Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Greg McKelfresh, President and CEO of South Central Indiana REMC. “We couldn’t be more proud than to present this award to one of our members.”

The purpose of the “Best of Indiana” awards is to highlight the unique businesses, places, culture and countryside that make residents proud to call Indiana “home.”

"It’s always a special honor when our guests weigh in. We are thrilled to be considered Indiana’s Best Winery by electric cooperative members from all over Indiana,” said Sarah Anderson, Oliver Winery Marketing Director. “From our winemaking to our landscaping, all of us here strive to make the Oliver Winery experience special. Our staff go through rigorous customer service and wine training, and the people are really what sets Oliver Winery apart. As a 100% employee-owned company, all of the employees have a true stake in Oliver Winery, and I think that makes a difference, too.”

A complete list of winners and categories can be found the September issue of Electric Consumer or by visiting

Electric Consumer is distributed to nearly 247,000 electric cooperative member-owners throughout the state of Indiana. It is published by Indiana Electric Cooperatives. For more information, visit

About Oliver Winery & Vineyards
Oliver Winery is Indiana’s oldest and largest winery. Since the brand was founded in 1972, Oliver Winery has become known for approachable and satisfying wines that capture the flavor of high quality fruit. Today, Oliver Winery is a 100% employee-owned company that produces more than 390,000 cases of wine annually.  Bill Oliver, CEO and founding family member, continues to lead the company he built as one of the largest and most modernly equipped wineries in the eastern U.S. Oliver is a world-class destination, offering best-in-class service, beautiful grounds, and an approachable wine experience to more than 200,000 visitors each year. At Oliver, we believe all styles of wine deserve respect. The current Oliver portfolio includes more than 40 wines, from classic varietal wines to crisp apple ciders and sweet experiments. We craft each wine with attention to the highest quality.   

SCI REMC is a member-owned cooperative electric distribution facility. A cooperative is a business owned by its customers, known as members. SCI REMC is one of 38 rural electric cooperatives in Indiana. Electric cooperatives were organized throughout the state in the 1930s. At that time, investor-owned utilities were supplying power in urban areas, but would not supply electric power to rural customers. This was common across the country at this time in history. People living in rural areas saw that those in cities had electricity, and wanted it as well. As a result, with loans from the Rural Electrification Administration, rural communities banded together and created electric cooperatives. Hoosiers 77 years ago in Morgan, Monroe, Owen, Brown and parts of Putnam, Clay and Johnson counties, pooled their money, and set poles and tied lines by hand to bring electricity to rural South Central Indiana.

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