Kentucky is home to an abundance of wineries where visitors can
enjoy wine tours and tastings. The state is also home to America's first
commercial vineyard, which was planted in 1798 by the winemaker for the Marquis
de Lafeyette. By the late 1800's, Kentucky was the third largest grape and wine
producer in the United States. Elk Creek Vineyards is among the extraordinary
Kentucky wineries that carry on Winemaking Traditions of the past.
Nestled among the rolling hills of Kentucky in Owenton, KY, the Elk Creek Vineyard is a spectacular place for wine tasting, to enjoy a winemaking tour, and join special events throughout the year. Partnered with Cliffhanger Productions for the Elk Creek Blues Festival, the winery is as passionate about wine as it is about music. They are the hosts of this summer’s Elk Creek Blues Festival featuring five-time Grammy award winning artist Buddy Guy. Elk Creek Winery also hosts numerous concerts and artists throughout the summer on their outdoor stage.
This year the Annual Elk Creek Blues Festival takes place at the end of May at the largest winery in Kentucky; Elk Creek Vineyard, which has won 8 medals in the Kentucky Derby Wine Festival. Among the legendary musician's performing at the festival is Blues Legend, Buddy Guy. Avid Blues fans can relax in their armchairs in the rolling meadows of Kentucky’s largest winery while listening to the Legend himself, along with featured musicians Roomful of Blues and Cincinnati’s own Sonny Moorman. In addition to special events, the Elk Creek Vineyard has a beautiful art gallery, a gift shop, and they offering cooking classes that match meals to their selection of wines.
Among the fun festive events for families at the Elk Creek Vineyard is the Owen County Kite Festival held in Mid-May. This high flying celebration for the entire family features kite flying experts flying hyper-kites, demonstrating these beautifully engineered flights of fancy! Bring your kite or make one during the festival and enjoy music, and artwork by artists from throughout Owen County and Northern Kentucky. PIGS Aloft Kite Club of Cincinnati will help kids and adults fly kites from 11 AM to 3 PM on the pigeon range at Elk Creek Hunt Club. Food will be available on the grounds provided by vendors.
The Vineyard also has a lovely Bed and Breakfast that welcomes guests with warmth southern hospitality. With all the Vineyard offers it is a wonderful place for a day trip or a stop over while exploring Kentucky. Drop by and enjoy a glass of wine, musical entertainment, or just bite to eat from their cafe. Whatever time of year you visit you're sure to a memorable time, and find a healthy collection of red and white wines, including some originals such as Crazy Elk Blush and Sweet Owen Red.
By Melody Schubert
Learn more about the delicious wines and the Annual Elk Creek Blues Festival by visiting www.elkcreekvineyards.com.