How Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards and Starlight Distillery supported their community during quarantine
By Elizabeth Scinta
Photos provided by Huber’s
Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards and Starlight Distillery have been around for 177 years, but do you know the history behind them? Simon Huber opened the business in 1843 and the farm has now been passed down to the seventh generation of Huber’s. It is currently co-owned by first cousins, Ted and Greg Huber. Did you know that Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards and Starlight Distillery is an entirely separate entity from Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant? Huber’s has been a part of the Southern Indiana community for almost 200 years, so you can imagine they’re well-loved and well-connected. They aim to help serve the community in the same way the community supports them by purchasing their products. During quarantine, Huber’s created a free hand sanitizer to be given to first responders and the public.
During quarantine, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) encouraged distilleries to produce their own hand sanitizer to help their communities. “We were delighted to be able to step forward and provide. We donated over 10,000 gallons of hand sanitizer in probably the first six weeks to our emergency responders, our hospitals, our nursing centers and our police officers,” said Dana Huber, the vice president of marketing and public relations at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards and Starlight Distillery. Now, they’ve switched to selling the hand sanitizer for a minimal price to cover the materials needed to make it.
Huber’s was allowed to stay open during the quarantine period because they’re an essential business. During this time, they were able to brainstorm and develop other ways to give back to the community. “We had a super fabulous leadership team that came up with great ideas for us to do some carryout and to also do some online shipping with our wines and delivering care packets to our local ER responders at some of our hospitals,” said Huber. “We had community members that wanted to actually call in and purchase some of these care packets that included cheese, sausage and some other local goodies.”
Producing and supplying hand sanitizer and care packages isn’t the only way Huber’s gives back to the community. Huber’s allows nonprofits to host events at Plantation Hall and donates their products or services, such as wine tours or tastings. Due to the pandemic, there have been fewer events happening in Plantation Hall, but many nonprofits have been generous to carry their deposits into 2021 in the hopes of having the event then. They have been able to continue to donate products and services as many events have switched to an online format. “There have been some virtual events going on, so whether it’s our virtual time to get on and share some details about cocktails or spirits, or whether a donation or product, some of those virtual events still happened this year with those nonprofits,” said Huber. Thanks to the 700 acres Huber’s has, it’s easy for them to provide wine tastings and tours safely.
Whether they’re providing hand sanitizer to the community or donating wine tours and tastings, Huber’s has been giving back to the community for 177 years and will continue to do so as long as there is a need. “I think our primary goal [in 2020] is to support those nonprofits in our community in any way that we can as much as we can,” Huber explained. “Without our community, we wouldn’t be the historic business that we are today. It’s a very high priority for our family leadership to support our community because we want to come out of this stronger than when we went in and we are all in this together.”
Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards and Starlight Distillery
19816 Huber Road
Starlight, IN 47106