Since 1997, Neil and Rachel Vasilakes have been growing fresh fruit on 30 acres of rolling farmland just a few miles south of Versailles. The winery was dubbed "Wildside" because of the abundance of wildflowers growing there and their minimal use of pesticides. Today they have over eleven acres of grapes, three acres of fruit trees and 1.5 acres of berries. Wildside Winery is on it's eleventh year as a Kentucky winery specializing in making quality wines from Kentucky grown grapes and fruit. They make over 20 wines in all styles from a range of dry reds, to white wines and sweeter fruit wines.Wildside also hosts music events, weddings, meetings, parties, and reunions.
Mike Hatzell is no stranger to agriculture—or wine, for that matter. As a young man, he tilled the soil of his aunt and uncles farm during the summer months, and years later when he served in France, he developed a love for wine. When he and his wife, Karen, were married more than 50 years ago, he planted the idea in her mind: one day, they would own and operate their own winery.
Back in 2007, that dream eventually came to fruition with the inception of Brooks Hill Winery. Joined by winemakers Butch Meyer and Mike Miller, the operation was in full force in just a year, and they have continued to expand and diversify their selection of wines. A number of them can be sampled at their on-site tasting room, which, despite the sound of it, is not a room that drinks wine.
With its lavender- and khaki-colored walls, cozy seating setups, and fireplace, Forest Edge Winery comes off more as a family's living room than a business. At the heart of its warm presentation sits a wrap-around bar, with pantries and shelves and cabinets nearby filled with, what else, but bottles of wine. That community-driven theme carries throughout the facility, including a downstairs children's room stocked with a television and creative activities. Outside, visitors venture in from the edge of the historic Bernheim Forest on Clermont Road–the start of Kentucky's bourbon trail.
Craving finger food? Head to Bluegrass Brewing Co. and chow down on classic pub fare.
Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Bluegrass Brewing Co.'s menu does not offer low-fat options.
Take your pick of beer, wine, or other beverages offered on Bluegrass Brewing Co.'s menu.
You won't need to get a sitter before heading to Bluegrass Brewing Co. — kids are more than welcome at this family-friendly establishment.
Don't miss the happy hour food and drink specials, where a great bargain is always in sight.
Wifi here is on the house.
Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Bluegrass Brewing Co. — this spot caters to large groups.
Bluegrass Brewing Co. provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Guests may have a hard time conversing, as the restaurant is rather noisy.
Bluegrass Brewing Co. welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
You can also serve food from Bluegrass Brewing Co. at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Bluegrass Brewing Co.'s moderately priced fare.
When the sun sets on the Baker-Bird Winery, and its proprietors depart, the sturdy stone walls come to life, whispering stories across the expansive space. They rehash the 150-year history of the estate winery, which sheltered women and children during a key Civil War battle. Their tales outline the German immigration, which brought those wishing to cultivate a new life to the region to work the rich Kentucky soil. Then the sun rises, and the walls close their stony eyes, allowing the winery's history to speak for itself through guided tours.
In the warm afternoon, groups wander amid framed historical photographs, documents, and wooden cabinets lined with wines, artisanal cheeses from Kentucky, and exotic chocolates. Because all proceeds from the sale of the wine goes to restoring the historic estate and supporting Kentucky farm families, visitors can feel that they?ve done a good deed without rescuing a cat from a tree and taking it to see the ocean for the first time.
is the oldest continually operating distillery in American-having remained operational even during Prohibition-for "medicinal" purposes. We are home to the most sought after bourbons in the world; Buffalo Trace, Elmer T. Lee & Pappy Van Winkle. We really enjoy showing people how we make the good stuff!