Iron Hand Vineyard

21481 Brick Rd
South Bend, IN 46628


RONHAND Vineyard honors explorer Henri de Tonti who traveled the St. Joseph River Valley alongside the French explorer LaSalle in the late 1600s.  During the third Ango-Dutch War, a grenade took off de Tonti's right hand, which he replaced with an iron hook.  Native Americans were awed by his use of the hook, and referred him as a man of courage and tenacity.  They called him Iron Hand.  A 1718 memoir prepared for the French government describes the region as having "the finest vines in the world which produce a vast quantity of very excellent grapes.  It is the richest district in all the country." 

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