It stands to reason that, as far as beverages are concerned, Kentucky is more closely associated with bourbon than wine but, there have been several wineries pop up around the state that produce some very good wines. Here are a few of the most popular and acclaimed Kentucky wineries.
Eqqus Run Vineyards – Midway
This Lexington winery continues to make some of Kentucky’s best wines year after year. The oaked and non-oaked chardonnays are always big hits and red wine lovers are waiting anxiously for the 2014 Tempranillo release. The nearby quaint downtown of Midway is a great place to spend some time.
Jean Farris – Lexington
This winery is just south of downtown Lexington on the scenic Old Richmond Road that winds down to the Kentucky River. The fabulous 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and 2010 Pinot Noir are excellent choices to enjoy by the glass in the popular on site bistro.
Chateau du Vieux Corbeau – Danville
This small winery is right next to the Old Crow Inn bed and breakfast. Their Syrah is a great full-bodied red that pairs well with beef and the riesling is fruity, crisp and clean and just made for hot weather.
Chrisman Mill Vineyard – Nicholasville
For red wine lovers, the First Vineyard Reserve is a blend of Chambourcin, Norton and Cabernet Franc grapes and the result is a spectacular full bodied red that stands up to the heartiest of meats. For something unique, try the barrel fermented Chardonel, a white wine made in the off-dry method that results in a wine full of up front fruit flavors.
Elk Creek Vineyards – Owenton
Elk Creek makes great Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay year after year and they also have live music every Friday and Saturday in the spring and summer. If you’re looking for a special escape from the hustle and bustle, spend a night or two at the one site lodge or inn and indulge in lunch and dinner at the café.
Lover’s Leap – Lawrenceburg
Try the silky Merlot that’s full of black cherry and currant flavor and one of the best finishes of any red wine you’ll ever taste and the crisp and cool Vidal Blanc makes an excellent picnic wine to enjoy on a warm summer day. While you’re in town, you might want to take a tour of the Four Roses and Wild Turkey distilleries to get a look at how great Kentucky Bourbon gets made.