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Festival to spotlight Kentucky vineyards and wineries
Celebrating its sixth year, the Kentucky Wine and Vine Fest will offer many opportunities for visitors to experience the state’s growing grape and wine culture May 14 and 15. In 2005, the inaugural festival came on the heels of a grape revival in Kentucky, once known for its quality grape and wine production. Since then, the industry and the festival itself have grown by leaps and bounds.
The Kentucky Tourism Council recently named the Kentucky Wine and Vine Fest in its Top 10 Spring Festivals. This year’s festival offers events that visitors have come to expect such as live music, a vendor fair and a tasting tent featuring many Kentucky wines as well as other domestic and international wines.
“The festival is a great way to bring people to Jessamine County,” said Marisa FitzGerald Aull, the county’s University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. “We are proud to work with Nicholasville Now! to promote the festival and to promote our county. Visitors will meet some of the best vintners and winemakers in Kentucky. Jessamine County residents, and all who attend, can see what great wines Kentucky has to offer.”
A fairly new addition to the festival is the Kentucky Wine Country bus tour. On May 14, the buses will take travelers to several Kentucky Wineries and Vineyards including Chateau du Vieux in Danville and the Springhill Winery and Plantation in Bloomfield. Tour tickets are $65. The tour departs the Kentucky Bank on Main Street in Nicholasville at 9 a.m. EDT and returns to the same location at 4 p.m.
After the bus tour and an Amateur Wine Competition at Central Bank, visitors may attend the Wine Social, Dinner and Live Auction at Chrisman Mill Vineyards in Nicholasville. The event includes a wine tasting, live music and a meal catered by Chrisman Mill for $25 per ticket.
Guests can get in touch with their inner winemaker in the authentic Grape Stomp May 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. EDT. During the same time frame, wine enthusiast Jeff Faber of California’s Opolo Vineyards will teach festival goers how to develop their palates.
Wineries and vineyards participating in the May event are: Chrisman Mill Vineyards, Nicholasville; Elk Creek Vineyards, Owenton; Wildside Vines, Versailles; Talon Winery and Vineyard, Lexington; Acres of Land Winery Inc., Richmond; La Ferme du Cerf, Dry Ridge; Stonebrook Winery, Melbourne; Equus Run Vineyards, Midway; Lover’s Leap Vineyards and Winery, Lawrenceburg and Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery, Shepherdsville.
Sponsors include Nicholasville Now!, Lexington Clinic, Kentucky Wine and Grape Council, e-sign and Graphics, Gourmet Goodies, Kentucky Bank, Town Square Bank, Triple Crown Golf Cars, Nicholasville Tourism Commission, Kentucky Monthly, Euro Wine Bar, Edward Jones, PODS, Farmers Bank, The Wine Shop, Kentucky Heritage Council and the Kentucky Tourism Council.
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