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Wine, bourbon tour kicks off in Bullitt County

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By Alex Wimsatt

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - Wine and bourbon probably sounds like an odd combination to most, but if you ask those in Bullitt County’s wine and spirit industry they’ll tell you it’s a perfect partnership.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the world famous Jim Beam Distillery, Brooks Hill winery, Forest Edge winery, MillaNova winery and Wight Meyer vineyard and winery, Bullitt County presents its newest tourist attraction: The Wine and Bourbon Tour of Bullitt County. 

The tour kicks off today, just in time for the Kentucky State Fair, and everyone’s invited to experience a taste of what Bullitt County has to offer.

The tour features stops at all four of the county’s award winning wineries in addition to Jim Beam, the home of the world’s number one selling bourbon.

Participants can tour the facilities, learn about how wine and bourbon are made, and enjoy free tastings, all while experiencing Bullitt County’s hospitality and natural beauty. 

Tourism executive director Troy Beam said he’s excited about the initiative, adding that it seemed a natural way to showcase Bullitt County’s thriving wine and spirit industry. 

Here’s how it works: You start with a special brochure/passport that outlines all the destinations along the tour. 

Upon visiting each stop, have someone at the wineries or distillery stamp your brochure/passport.

After visiting all five stops on the tour stop by the Best Western hotel lounge in Shepherdsville to receive a free souvenir glasses adorned with Bullitt County Tourism and wine and bourbon tour logos. 

Beam said he expects the tour to be a great success, adding that if not for the partnership between Jim Beam, the wineries, Best Western and Publishers Printing, the tour would not have been possible. 

Those who would like to participate can pick up brochures/passports at Jim Beam, the wineries, the Best Western Plus Hotel or the Bullitt County Tourism office located in Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. 

They can also be found at the Bullitt County booth at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center during the Kentucky State Fair.

For more information, call Troy Beam or Jackie Allgeier at (502) 543-8687, or call or visit any of Bullitt County’s wineries.