DREAMSCAPES WINTER/SPRING 2017
FESTIVALS AND FEASTS
DIVERSITY IN THE
y first trip to Kentucky in 2015
just whetted my appetite for this
lush, sprawling state. Further
investigation has led to a smorgasbord of
wineries, breweries, distilleries and festivals
that tantalize the taste buds and showcase
an assortment of cultures against a splendid
tapestry of history and nature.
HAPPY WINE TRAILS
Kentucky's 200-year-old wine industry is
surging back after the decline of the tobacco
industry, which had replaced virtually all
vineyards. Today, more than 100 wineries
around the state offer robust experiences to
please any sensibilities. The Arts and Wine
Trail Destinations map combines "master
crafters of art and agriculture," interspersing
more than 100 art studios, theatres and
music stages along the trail.
I wouldn't want to miss any of Kentucky's
other libations, however, so I would sign
up for some combined tours. These
include the Wine & Spirits Circle Tour of
the Bluegrass based in Frankfort, a half-
hour's drive from the state's largest
winery and 50 per cent of the bourbon
distilleries. The self-guided Wine and
Bourbon Tour of Bullitt County near
Louisville takes participants to Four Roses
BY E. LISA MOSES
ABOVE: The area around Lexington is renowned
for breeding world-class thoroughbreds.
OPPOSITE TOP LEFT: The Louisville Slugger
baseball bat has been manufactured there
since the late 1880s.
OPPOSITE TOP RIGHT: A barrel-maker
demonstrates his skill at a bourbon festival.
OPPOSITE BOTTOM: Music is an integral
part of the Kentucky culture.