One bold move can change the trajectory of a business. Two-EE’s Winery is catering to the needs of its clientele with an expansion in the works.
The winery, located just west of Fort Wayne in Huntington, has been open for nearly six years and has attracted a loyal following with its upscale atmosphere, award-winning wines, and highly attended events. Co-owners and spouses, Eric and Emily Harris, are optimistic about its future, and their current project is proof of that.
Earlier this spring, the winery broke ground
on a 7,000-square foot expansion. The new building, scheduled to be completed by late summer, will include larger facilities for winemaking and a sleek, new event venue. This will create opportunities for wine tours and an immersive experience for customers.
While under construction, the winery will also be adding parking to its property, which is much needed during its popular Uncorked nights
and fireworks shows in the summer months.
Two- EE's is in good company with its economic development news. Last month, Country Heritage Winery and Vineyard in LaOtto announced
it had acquired a winery in southern Indiana.
According to Eric, who is one of the “E’s” in Two-EE’s, the decision to expand came out of he and Emily's long-term vision for the winery as well as patrons’ feedback.
“People are constantly asking us to rent out the winery, and the reality is there isn’t a whole lot of room at the moment,” he explains. “This will give us more opportunity to say ‘yes’ to people.“
Patrons can enjoy live music and food trucks as part of Two EE's Uncorked concert series.
The logistics of the new construction also make it possible for the winery to remain open with minimal impact on the customer experience.
“Our patio is on the opposite side of where the construction is going on, so you can still enjoy a glass of wine or a bottle of wine with friends and not hear construction noises,” Eric says. “But you can also see the progress firsthand if interested.”
He adds that the bigger space will allow them to better keep up with the demand for wine, as well. In theory, they’ll be able to keep more wines on the shelf and hopefully not run out of inventory as quickly as they have in the past.
He also hopes to up their game when it comes to hosting events on site.
"We're getting a lot of interest in this new space for events, despite the fact that it has yet to be built," Eric says. "We're taking reservations for it, and the calendar is filling up very quickly.”
Anyone interested can get regular updates on construction by following Two-EE’s Winery on social media,
or by paying a visit to the tasting room for a glass of their favorite wine.