Now that the weather is officially looking up, you should probably start planning some day trips. Start with Elk Creek Vineyards in Owenton, Kentucky, just an hour over the state line.
Elk Creek has been in operation since 2003, but last October a change in ownership took the winery to a new level. When the Papina family, of the 145-year-old Papina Family Vineyard in California, bought Elk Creek, they were eager to start fresh in Kentucky. The vineyard is built on 30 acres, making it the largest winery in the state, and is surrounded by rolling hills and farmland.
Style-wise, Elk Creek feels like a ski lodge, with high ceilings, dark wood beams, and a floor–to–ceiling stone fireplace. Stop by the bar and choose from three wine tastings, then head to a table and customize your meat and cheese tray. If you’re hungry for more, Elk Creek offers lunch and dinner specials on the weekends that pair perfectly with their over 20 varietals of wine.
Before you buy a bottle, take one of the free winery tours to see where they produce, bottle, and store the nectar of the gods. After you’ve been educated and fed, kick back, relax, and enjoy the ambiance with a nice glass of vino.
Elk Creek Vineyards, 150 Kentucky 330, Owenton, KY, Mon–Thurs 10a.m.–7p.m., Fri–Sat 10a.m.–9p.m. & Sun 1p.m.–7p.m., (502) 484–0005 ext 0, elkcreekvineyards.com