HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WPTA21) – A local winery says it will become a “21 and over” operation at the end of August because of ongoing problems with unsupervised or misbehaving children.
In a post to its Facebook page on Thursday, the owners of Two-EE’s Winery said the move “regretfully” comes after they fought for a state exemption that specifically allowed those under age 21 to visit Indiana wineries. However, Eric Harris and Emily Hart said the situation has become unmanageable.
“Many of our guests with young children have been respectful of the state law and taken responsibility for well behaved children,” the post reads. “Sadly, more often we are left to deal with parents who call us monsters when we ask them to keep their child from throwing rocks or running wild around other guests.
“As parents, we’re disappointed that this lack of respect has left us with the difficult choice to change our policy because it applies to us too, and will weigh heavy on us not being able to spend as much time with our children because they can’t come visit us at work.”
Since its inception in 2012, Two-EE’s has added a popular outdoor concert series, staged by the patio. A “yoga at the winery” program is also a draw.
The company is currently adding a 7,000 square foot expansion that will create more space for winemaking as well as an events venue.
A second phase of expansion will create more outdoor seating.
The Facebook post says, starting Aug. 31, those under 21 will not be allowed either indoors or on outdoor portions of the property.