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Uncorking a Hidden Gem Prodigy Vineyards and Winery: Written by Patti Nickell

When it comes to spirits, Kentucky is so linked with bourbon that often overlooked is the state’s robust wine industry. In fact, the first wine ever produced commercially in the United States came from Kentucky more than 200 years ago.

Today, there are approximately 65 wineries and vineyards in the commonwealth which combine to produce some 100,000 cases of wine annually.

One of the loveliest wineries in the Bluegrass Region is in Franklin County – the 62-acre Prodigy Vineyards & Winery, on US 60 in the midst of Thoroughbred horse country.

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Manager Trinity Peach says the winery, which opened in 2010, is located on her family’s farm where they raised cattle and horses before they ever thought about entering the winemaking industry.

“My father (Chad Peach) started growing grapes and making wine in 1998 as a hobby, and he soon had so much wine that he attracted the attention of the ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control),” says Peach.

“They told him he had too much wine just sitting there aging. They said he had two choices – either dispose of it or open a winery,” she continues. Wisely, he chose the latter.

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Now, as the owners like to say, visitors to Prodigy Vineyards & Winery can “uncork a Bluegrass legacy” while tasting wines that cover a range of palates.

If you prefer dry, you might opt for the Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc or the winery’s most popular offering, the dry Chambourcin.

Made from grapes grown on the property, the Chambourcin has received the Commissioner’s Cup Award from the state Department of Agriculture as “the Best Dry Wine in Kentucky.”

If you love the sweet wines, try the Diamond (most popular overall wine, according to Peach), Raspberry, Concord or Palomino Peach – named for the farm’s 33-year-old palomino Tardy who has free range of the farm.

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Should you not be able to commit to going totally sweet, go for one of the semi-sweets such as Vidal Blanc, Pink Diamond or Blush.

Regardless of whether you prefer to drink a dry wine or savor a sweet vintage, Peach wants you to know one thing.

“Just know that even though we bring some of our grapes in from New York State, all of the wine is made right here on the property,” she says.

Sitting around the long table in the tasting room (or the plush sofas or even the outdoor terrace tables) makes for a pleasant couple of hours sipping wine and noshing on pizza and a charcuterie platter any day of the week.

However, if you want to make a night of it, come on Friday nights, urges Peach, noting that the winery has a special vibe then.

“That’s when we have live music and a menu special” she says, adding that those specials might include lasagna, chicken al fresco, New Orleans-style gumbo and Cajun-style pasta.

There is also opportunity for some retail therapy after your wine tasting. Far from being just a place to pick up a souvenir T-shirt, the well-stocked gift shop has everything from soft fleecy hoodies to fancy chapeaus suitable for the spring or fall meet at Keeneland Race Track.

This high-end merchandise comes thanks to the tasteful purchases of Peach’s mother Lenee, who handles all the retail.

If you want to celebrate the milestones in your life, Prodigy Vineyards & Winery can help you do that as well. Winery staff can cater a wine dinner, special event or a wedding up to 750 people.

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So, excellent wines, luxe surroundings, friendly, knowledgeable staff, food, great shopping – what else could a visitor ask for?

Just one thing – the chance to make friends with the Prodigy Vineyards & Winery mascot, Harry, a six-year-old, 125-pound Great Pyrenees, who just may be the best ambassador any winemaker could ask for.

Image credit: Suzy Fleming Leonard (@suzyleonard)