Grapes naturally exist in three forms: solid, liquid, and raisin. Imbibe the fruit’s most drinkable state with today’s Groupon to Elk Creek Vineyards in Owenton. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get a wine-tasting package for two (up to a $36 total value), which includes the following:
- One wine tasting for two people (up to a $16 value)
- One bottle of wine (up to a $20 value)<p>
- For $10, you get $20 worth of café fare.
Elk Creek Vineyards, a grandiose vineyard and winery couched in Kentucky’s undulating hills, tempts taste buds with award-winning wines produced and bottled onsite and a medley of gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches from the café. During wine tastings, pairs can sample up to five different grape concoctions, then choose their own bottle of red, white, or fruit wine to cart home or christen new cars in the parking lot. Elk Creek’s cellars store pourable treasures such as the oaky 2009 chardonnay and the chocolate-and-fruit-tinged Bone Dry Red cabernet sauvignon.
After sipping the potent potables, guests can nosh on deli fare such as the café trio of salads—freshly prepared shrimp, tuna, and chicken salads accompanied by toasted flatbread and a fruit garnish ($8.99)—or the baguette-encased Chateau Prime Rib sandwich ($9.49) with slow-roasted prime rib snuggled into a sharp-cheddar blanket and thin sheet of mustard and horseradish. Guests can also enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or peruse the art gallery in the winery’s mezzanine, where local artists display for-sale paintings, sculptures, and butter statues.
Elk Creek Vineyards
Ensconcing visitors in spacious rooms surrounded by 30 lush acres of grapevines, Elk Creek Vineyards merges the grandeur of Napa Valley with Kentucky hospitality. Among three discrete lodgings, the Estates' wraparound deck sounds the creak of rocking chairs, the Inn's communial living room welcomes late-night conversation, and the Lodge's private decks open up onto vineyard and lake. Live entertainment Friday through Sunday keeps eardrums occupied, and a gallery exhibits the creations of local artists. During tastings and tours, guests sample the vineyard's products and stroll through the fields, popping grapes to figure out which ones are alcoholic, and a variety of wine gifts are on hand for visitors to peruse. The tasting specialists offer a free tour of the winery Monday through Saturday at 10:30 am and 4:00 pm and at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm on Sundays. Wine and painting parties are offered and the tasting room can be booked for special events, holding up to 30 people, or 20 seated, and wine and cheese is provided.