Valley Winery opens
Carrollton tasting room
eight years of winemaking,
the Georgievs go public
The community has been fantastic; so encouraging.
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (February 2008) Vicky and Krasi
Georgiev began making wine on their Carrollton farm eight years ago.
This year, they decided the time was right to open a wine tasting room.
Krasi and Vicky Georgiev
opened their downtown Carrollton, Ky.,
tasting room, The Mehana, on Jan. 12.
The Georgievs opened the tasting room Jan. 12 at 126 Sixth
St. in downtown Carrollton. Known as The Mehana (the European
word for tasting room), the buildings interior has an Old World
Choosing a downtown location for the tasting room rather than at their
winery, Vicky Georgiev said the couple wanted to present wine
to people properly.
The Mehana also offers soups, sandwiches, cheeses and salami platters.
She has a few gift baskets available and plans to have more in the future
made of Kentucky grown products.
The Georgievs rent the building from Jim and Doug Fothergill and provide
entertainment on Saturday nights. The Mehana is always filled with music
due to a surround-sound system and artwork from local artists is on
The community has been fantastic; so encouraging, said Vicky
Georgiev. This gave us the courage to take another step. All wines
are made on the farm and from 100 percent Kentucky grown grapes.
Her husband, Krasi, is originally from Bulgaria. When he first laid
eyes on her parents farm, he asked, Where are the vineyards?
This is the perfect spot for vineyards, said Georgiev.
They grow their own grapes and buy from other Kentucky producers to
make eight different types of wine. We want to focus on good quality
wine, said Georgiev.
There is such a history of grape growing and wine making in this area
all along the Ohio River, she said. We are fortunate to be on
the Indiana Wine Trail.
The couple rarely advertises but does attend many local festivals, events
and wine competitions. They have won four international awards from
the Indianapolis Wine Competition.
Were happy just to be in the same category as the other
competitors, said Georgiev.
The Georgievs will be having a special Valentine
Weekend Dinner with wine tasting, dinner and music by local musician
Clayton Dermon. For more information, visit www.rivervalleywine.com
or call Vicky Georgiev at (502) 732-8466 or (502) 732-5500.
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