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Southern Indiana man seeks to turn old pasture into winery

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A southern Indiana man seeking to open Vanderburgh County's first winery may open up economic opportunities for farmers in the county.

The Evansville Courier & Press (http://bit.ly/19qxRGa ) reports Vanderburgh County Commissioners on Tuesday approved Alan Ripplemeier's request to change the county's zoning ordinance to allow farmers to obtain a special use permit to sell products made from their crops on their property. Until now, farmers in the county had to rezone their properties from agricultural to commercial.

The ordinance change could open the door for other farmers to sell products, such as an apple orchard could bottle and sell cider, or a dairy farmer could make and sell cheese. The practice is called agrotourism.

Ripplemeier is hoping to open his winery as soon as next year if all goes smoothly.

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