Kentucky Wineries Excel in State Fair Competition

August 27, 2009

Kentucky wineries pocketed 72 medals, including four gold medals, at the Kentucky State Fair wine competition Aug. 15 in Louisville.

“I want to congratulate the 13 Kentucky wineries that earned medals at the state fair competition,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “The medal-winning wineries ranged from Fayette County to the east to McCracken County to the west, from Campbell County to the north to Warren County to the south. We have many other fine wineries beyond those bounds. The resurgence of Kentucky’s grape and wine industry is generating jobs and income throughout the Commonwealth.”

Four wineries each earned a gold medal: Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery in Nicholasville for its Traminette; Lover’s Leap Vineyards and Winery in Lawrenceburg for its Cynthiana; Purple Toad Winery in Paducah for its Cabernet Franc, and Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery in Shepherdsville for its Chambourcin.

A total of 28 silver medals and 40 bronze medals also were awarded.

Wight-Meyer Winery was awarded the gold medal for Chambourcin, silver medals for their Traminette, Vignoles, Diamond/Concord, Concord, and Winter Solstice. Diamond and Norton were also awarded bronze medals.

Reid’s Livery Winery in Alvaton received a silver for their Peachy Keen Wine and bronze medals for Boyce Choyce, Very Berry Cherry, Black Raspberry, Drake Social, Blue Moon of KY, Cranberry Pleasure, and Cranberry Blush.

Stone Brook Winery in Melbourne earned silver medals with Sunset Blush, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry and bronze medals for the Vidal Blanc, Pear, Blackberry, and Elderberry.

Wildside Vines Winery and Vineyard in Versailles won silver medals with Sonata and Duet. Bronze medals were awarded to Wildside Winery for Wild Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Cynthiana (Norton), Blackberry, and Blueberry.

Springhill Winery in Bloomfield earned a silver medal with their Vidal Blanc and Harvest Mead. Bronze medals were won with Riesling, Magnolia Mist, Springhill Boardeaux, Trappist Red, and Federal Hill Red.

Talon Winery near Lexington took home six medals. A silver medal was received for Monarch and bronze medals for Chardonnay, Traminette, Moondance, Sweet Evening Breeze, and Coyote Red.

In addition to the gold medal received for the Traminette, Chrisman Mill Winery also received silver medals for Ensemble, Sweet Jessamine Rose, Norton, and a bronze medal for Riverbend Red.

Elk Creek Winery in Owenton was awarded a silver medal for Concord and bronze medals for Vidal Blanc, Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sweet Owen Red.

Horseshoe Bend Vineyards in Willisburg won five silver medals for their Chardonnay, Golden Sun, Rose of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc, and Red Jester Chambourcin.

Purple Toad received two silver medals for Chardonnay and Paducah Blue and a bronze medal for Lauren’s Blackberry with the addition of a gold medal for Cabernet Franc.

Acres of Land Winery in Richmond was awarded two silver medals for Kentucky Chardonnay and A.I. Wiseman Vidal Blanc and two bronze medals for Maggie Adams Blush and Kentucky Chambourcin.

Lover’s Leap received two bronze medals for Premiera and Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to the Gold for Cynthiana.

Black Oak Vineyards and Winery in Princeton earned a bronze medal for Chambourcin.

Judges assessed 109 wines, more than double the number entered in the inaugural Kentucky State Fair wine competition in 2008.

The 72 medalled wines will be on display during the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 20-30 in the Commercial Wine Department in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Kentucky was one of the nation’s leading wine-producing states until Prohibition was enacted in 1920. Grape and wine production has made a comeback in recent years, and today the Commonwealth has 52 wineries and hundreds of acres in grape production.

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