When a friend recently proposed a visit to Elk Creek Vineyards, I was skeptical. First of all, I had never heard of the place. Secondly, it was located practically in the middle of nowhere near extremely rural Owenton, Kentucky. We took a group of nine women to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of one of our group members. It turned out to be a wonderful evening!
After seeing the winery pinpointed on a map, Elk Creek turns out to be in an ideal location. It is about an hour from three different large metropolitan areas: Louisville, Kentucky; Lexington, Kentucky; and Cincinnati, Ohio. They offer not only a winery, but a café, a lodge with bed and breakfast, an art gallery, concert venues, and limited spa services.
We pulled up to a large log-cabin style building of wood and stone. Upon entering, we were greeted warmly by a friendly hostess. She asked if we had visited Elk Creek Vineyards before and when she found we had not, began to tell us all about the place. The room we were in was very spacious, with a deli counter, assorted gift items for sale, sitting areas, and a huge wine bar in the very center. Many of the walls were lined with beautiful wooden wine racks. Our group ordered a cheese tray from the café and gathered around the bar for a wine tasting.
The wine steward was very friendly, entertaining, and informative. He told us in detail about each of the wines we tasted and was able to answer any questions we had. In all, we were able to sample eight different types: four reds, one blush, and three whites. We ended up purchasing three bottles to share with our dinners, and many of us purchased bottles to take home. Most of the Elk Creek Vineyards wines available were in the $10-$15 price range, with a few premium selections that were more expensive.
After our wine tasting, the group ordered sandwiches and salads from the café and went outside onto the large deck to claim a table. The view from the deck was absolutely gorgeous! We were able to look out over the rolling hills with long rows of grapevines that make up the Elk Creek vineyards themselves. Also on the deck was live entertainment; a female singer accompanying herself on the guitar.
Below us, we could see a concert shell with a stage for larger performing groups. Our food arrived quickly, and we enjoyed the view and music while we ate. The salads and sandwiches from the café were fresh and delicious! We lingered long after finishing the meal talking and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. Overall, our trip to Elk Creek Vineyards was extremely enjoyable and refreshing.