Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana
Dr. Charles Thomas, an obstetrician and gynecologist by trade, established Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana in 1987. This winery produces 50 varieties of vinifera wines; most notable among these being Abe Martin and Slender (naturally sweetened carb-free wine featured in gift bags for Oscar attendees).
Early Life and Education
Thomas was the first child born of a Virginia Indian princess and an English gentleman in Virginia, making him directly descended of Pocahontas and John Rolfe (whose Christianization efforts helped found Virginia as an English colony) as well as Powhatan heritage and English upbringing heiress Powhatan culture and Britishness, influencing future generations through Thomas’ choices between Powhatan heritage and English upbringing.
His early life was marred by tragedy: His mother perished during their return voyage from Virginia in 1617 and was left in his father’s care until he could recover enough to travel again.
Philosopher, historian and theologian; believed both reason and revelation as sources of knowledge; dictated books to scribes on various subjects. His writings became influential elements in Catholic theology.
Chateau Thomas Winery was established by Indianapolis physician Charles Thomas in 1984 and now operates two locations – Indianapolis and Nashville – producing vinifera wines of various varieties, but most notably for its Abe Martin line, which combine base wine with fruit essence to produce low-calorie beverages. Chateau Thomas also gained national exposure when its naturally sweetened, carb-free Slender wine was included as a gift in actors’ gift bags at the 81st Academy Awards ceremony.
Current list price is $7.5 Million and this sale offers tasting room, gift shop and banquet hall located just south of Indianapolis in Plainfield as well as inventory as well as patents/trademarks.
Achievement and Honors
Chateau Thomas Winery was established by Dr. Charles Thomas, an OB/GYN who turned his winemaking hobby into a full-time profession. To achieve this feat, he collected and studied fine French wines before enrolling in several formal winemaking courses – even traveling to Napa Valley in order to learn from industry masterminds!
Not limited to classical performances, she is also an accomplished chamber musician and has performed at numerous European venues like Gaveau Hall in Paris, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles and Konzerthaus Berlin. Additionally she has featured as a soloist with orchestras such as Orchestre National de Lille and Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg.
Thomas has received many honors and awards, such as being awarded with both the Sagamore of the Wabash and key to Indianapolis. She is widely known for blending Midwestern charm and European flare when creating over 50 varieties of Vinifera wines.
Chateau Thomas Winery in Plainfield, Indiana was established by Indianapolis physician Charles Thomas as a hobby. Over time he expanded the business into including tasting rooms and banquet halls of various sizes; Thomas became best-known for creating Slender wines naturally sweetened with fruit essence; this earned national attention at events like Oscars and Playboy golf tournaments.
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