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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 Nicholasille for its Traminette; Lover’s Leap Vineyards and Winery in Lawrenceburg for its Cynthiana; Purple Toad Winery in Paducah for its Bavernet Franc, and Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery in Shepherdsville for its Cambourcin.
A total of 28 silver and 40 bronze medals also were awarded. Wight-Meyer Winery, Reid’s Livery Winery in Alvaton, Stone Brook Winery in Melbourne, and Wildside Vines Winery and Vineyard in Versailles each won eight medals; Springhill Winery in Bloomfield earned seven; Talon Winery near Lexington took home six; Chrisman Mill, Elk Creek Winery in Owenton, and Horseshoe Bend Vineyards in Willisburg won five medals each; Purple Toad and Acres of Land Winery in Richmond each had four; Lover’s Leap won three, and Black Oak Vineyards and Winery in Princeton, earned one medal.
Judges assessed 109 wines, more than double the number entered in the inaugural Kentucky State Fair win competition in 2008.
The 72 medaled wines were on display during the Kentucky State Fair August 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.