The Run for the Roses may not take place until May, but festivities tied to the most exciting two minutes in sports are already well underway in Falls City. One such event, the 2012 Kentucky Derby Festival Wine Competition, was held on March, 21st at the historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville.
A number of the region’s wineries submitted entries, showcasing various varietals and blends in diverse styles from around the Commonwealth as well as Indiana in this year’s competition. In total, Kentucky wines took home 97 medals between 15 wineries.
At an impressive count of 14, Prodigy Vineyards & Winery in Frankfort took home the most medals awarded to a Kentucky Winery. Shepherdsville’s Wight-Meyer Vineyard & Winery achieved a close second, racking up 13 medals of their own.
Purple Toad Winery in Paducah and StoneBrook in Camp Springs shared the bragging rights for most gold medals to a Kentucky winery at the competition. Both wineries earned four gold medals from the Derby Festival and, with 12 medals awarded to each, accounted for a total of 24 medals between the two.
The 2012 Derby Festival WineFest will take place Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 2nd on the East Belvedere located at Waterfront Park in Downtown Louisville. Winning wines from the Derby Festival Wine Competition will be on display and featured in the Tasting Guide distributed to all attendees. More information may be found at: http://kdf.org/events-WineFest.html
For a full listing of medals awarded at the 2012 Kentucky Derby Wine Competition, please visit: http://kdf.org/files/2012_KDF_Wine_Competition_Results.pdf