Winery planning new event building

A new event venue is being developed near a popular Johnson County attraction, making room to hosts weddings, parties and other special events.

Construction has started on The Sycamore at Mallow Run, a more than 6,200-square-foot event venue that will open by July. The owners of Mallow Run Winery decided to build the venue in order to meet a growing demand for event space on the southside, according to a news release.

Mallow Run Winery, located off Whiteland Road, east of State Road 37, celebrated its 10th anniversary in September, and in the past five years the company has noticed an increase in requests to host weddings and events, such as banquets, marketing coordinator Sarah Shadday said.

Many of those requests had to be denied because of a lack of space and because Mallow Run couldn’t meet all the requirements for events, Shadday said.

The Bargersville winery can serve only its own wine on the current property. By creating a venue away from the winery, guests can have a full bar and catered food.

The new space also fulfills a demand on the southside for a place to host special events, while also leaving space for winery events, especially on Saturday nights, the release said.

“There is a demand for this type of venue. People are really wanting something on the southside,” Shadday said. “We knew from the winery side of business that people want this kind of space.”

Mallow Run started researching the demand for an indoor-outdoor event venue about two years ago. In the past year, Shadday said, she and others from the winery went to three wedding shows, and the feedback was the same: The southside needs this type of space for events and weddings.

The facility will have three multiuse rooms that can accommodate events such as large corporate parties or weddings and or smaller gatherings, such as bridal and baby showers.

“We’re really excited about this new project. We have hosted weddings and private gatherings at the winery, but this will allow us to better serve our customers and community and still not interfere with the winery’s own events,” winery co-owner Laura Richardson said in the news release.

The venue will be built a quarter-mile west of Mallow Run Winery, off Whiteland Road, so the location won’t interfere with the winery’s event schedule, such as the picnic concert series every Saturday night from May through September.

The event space at The Sycamore will include a 4,700-square-foot open space named The Estate Room, which will feature stone columns and open fireplaces and can hold up to 300 guests for a wedding or large corporate event.

The Homestead Room will serve as a smaller area for up to 100 guests. And The Gallery, at the entrance of the facility, could be used for a cocktail hour or business events. Each event space will have a patio with a view of surrounding farmland.

“This will have a rustic farm appeal, but it will also be elegant and can serve as a venue for black tie affairs,” Shadday said. “The surroundings will make this unique.”

The new venue already is booking weddings and events for as soon as next September. The venue is not only attracting weddings, but businesses are contacting the winery for corporate events and gatherings, Shadday said.

“Weddings, bridal showers and businesses’ events will be prominent at The Sycamore,” Shadday said. “We’re going to have a really nice variety of events.”

Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.