Fruits of their Labor

New winery opens near Bedford, Ky.

Visitors will have true,
country experience, owners say

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

BEDFORD, Ky. – David and Teresa Weyler’s idea of opening a winery all began when they were living in Louisville and looking for a farm on which David could hunt. They found the perfect oasis in Trimble County and put into motion plans for a winery.
In 2003, the couple purchased 175 acres in Trimble County on Hwy. 421, between Bedford and Campbellsburg. “We fell I love with it,” said Teresa Weyler. “It is a beautiful piece of property."
They next bought an adjoining 202 acres in 2005. This land runs along the Little Kentucky River. Since that time, they have bought a third piece of property comprised of 107 acres and are in the process of buying 150 more acres.
Weyler, 48, told her husband David, 51, that in order to buy all of the additional land, they needed to be making an income from the property. Three years ago, the couple decided to begin growing grapes to produce and sell wine from their property located at 3289 Hwy. 421 South.

Winery Pavilion

Photos by Deanna Mavrick

David and Teresa Weyler have built
a new wine tasting pavilion behind
their historic home near Bedford, Ky.,
and are making wine from a new
vineyard they planted three years ago.
They plan to open sometime in September.

Winery Vineyard

The Weylers are looking at a tentative opening date of Sept. 10 for The Little Kentucky River Winery. Originally from Louisville, they have permanently moved to the property to live in restored a home there (known as the Hunter House). They have built a 20x30-foot outdoor wine tasting pavilion.
Plans are to start small, said Weyler. “There will be no grand opening, but we may have a soft opening with family and friends.”
Six varieties of wines will be available, with each name having a meaning behind it. Selections include the semi-dry white wine, Hunter’s Bottom, named after the oldest referenced family name on property deeds; the plum, semi-sweet Country Road, which is intended to be enjoyed as one would enjoy a journey down memory lane or driving along a beautiful country road; and a sweet red raspberry wine, Miss Bessie’s Pick, which is reminiscent of the personality of the original homeowner, Miss Bessie Hunt.
They’ve done a lot of research on the property, Weyler said. Ancestors of the Hunter family have even stopped by, such as a great-niece who brought along a family photo for the Weylers to see.
Weyler said the goal of The Little Kentucky River Winery is to produce premium wines from regionally grown grapes and fruit. The wine is a Kentucky Proud product and they hope to sell more Kentucky Proud products, including cheese trays, said Weyler.
She is currently awaiting label approval from the TTB to officially open and sell wine. Eventually, the wine tasting area will move to a 38x70-foot timber frame and creek rock structure.
The Weylers are striving to be “green” in their building design. They have used creek rock from the property and timber cut and milled from the farm. Creek stone steps are on the front of the house, and used in the floor, walls and fireplace inside the pavilion.
“We don’t want to be just another winery,” said Weyler. “We want guests to have a true, country experience.” For that reason, the couple has created unique spaces around the wooded grounds that will hold swings, picnic tables, have areas to fish and they also plan to install trails.
“We want to share what we’ve got,” said Weyler.

• Initially, The Little Kentucky River Winery will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays in the fall. To learn more, visit their website opening and special event information at: www.TheLittleKentuckyRiverWinery.com.

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