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Louisville couple finds success
making wine, entertaining guests

They plan to add more music this season at pavilion

BEDFORD, Ky. (June 2014) – Visitors to The Little Kentucky River Winery may think they know what to expect when they enter the gates of David and Teresa Weyler’s vineyard. The first few moments will find them pleasantly surprised. In addition to their selection of wines, the Weylers wish to offer a “taste of true country charm.”

David & Teresa Weyler

Photo by Jenny Straub Youngblood

David and Teresa Weyler pose in the pavilion at their Bedford, Ky., winery.

Located in the rolling Kentucky hills on the bank of a meandering river, country charm is overflowing at this unique establishment, located at 3289 Hwy. 421 between Bedford, Ky., and the Campbellsburg exit 34 of I-71.
June 7 marks the beginning of the winery’s musical season. Every Saturday evening through October, visitors will find the pastoral area ringing with music. 
Repeat performer John Sheckler calls the winery a “wonderful, relaxing environment.” Sheckler plays the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer, featuring traditional dulcimer tunes as well as contemporary and original selections. Sheckler calls the winery as one of his favorite places to perform.
The Weylers profess a love for country living and nature. This eventually led them to the purchase of two tracts of land on the banks of the Little Kentucky River. On this land stood a house that had been built in the early 1900s by the Hunter family. The Weylers knew immediately that they did not want the house to continue on its path to ruin. They agreed to restore it and did so within three years.
After spending so much time in a country community, the Weylers decided to sell their home in Louisville in order to live full time in an environment that Teresa calls enchanting. The decision to turn the historic homestead into a winery and vineyard came from a desire for the property to be self-sufficient.

Winery

Photo by Jenny Straub Youngblood

The entertainment pavilion at The Little Kentucky River Winery is nestled amid the vines and just behind a historic house that David and Teresa Weyler have renovated.

There are eight wines on the Weylers’ list. They include both white and red, which range from dry to semi-sweet, as well as plum, concord, and red raspberry wines. David’s love of history becomes evident in the vintage artwork displayed on the bottles. A light history lesson is provided to anyone who takes the time to read the offered wine list. The red, dry wine named “1812” is a salute to the early Kentucky Militia that served in the War of 1812. This militia suffered more casualties during the war that all other states combined. “Smokehouse Red” is a red, dry chambourcin and is named after an incident involving a fire that threatened the safety of Teresa, as well as the home, but caused a minimal amount of damage.
In addition to wine tastings, the Little Kentucky River Winery offers many other activities. Described by Teresa as a family environment, guests are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy it with their family on the grounds. Hiking is available on two trails, and guests are also permitted to fish or visit the Enchanted Forest, which must be experienced firsthand to be fully appreciated.
Chad Starke, a frequent visitor and friend of the Weylers, says that one visit to the winery will make a visitor feel like family.
With the arrival of summer, it is once again time for increased activity at the winery’s pavilion. Built from timber and rock taken from the property, the pavilion offers a shady area to sample wine or sit and enjoy the company of family and friends. On chilly occasions, a seat near the fireplace provides just the right amount of warmth. It is here that many guests will congregate for an evening of live music.

Winery Bottles

Photo by Jenny Straub Youngblood

The Weylers make eight kinds of wine, all bottled with a characteristic label featuring a historic theme.

Every Saturday of the summer will find a musical event for the enjoyment of the winery’s patrons. Hours vary for these shows but can begin as early as 4 p.m. and can last as late 10 p.m. A wide range of musical performers and styles will be represented. The Weylers wish all to feel welcome and intend to offer something for everyone.
According to David, guests are invited to enjoy the music not just in the pavilion but “anywhere they feel comfortable.” David explains that the property acts as an amphitheatre for the musical acts, and the music can be heard wherever a guest decides to settle. The Weylers work perfectly together in order to provide a social environment where the volume of the music still permits the guests to talk with one another.
Additionally, the owners will be scheduling one dinner event per month throughout the summer. These dinners will include the musical entertainment and will take place in the pavilion. These events can accommodate 100 guests and reservations are recommended. Many guests at these dinners become regular attendees.
The Weylers have many plans for this truly special property along the Little Kentucky River. They encourage guests to stop by frequently to see what has been added or improved. A magical experience is promised. Summer hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

• For more information, call the winery at (502) 437-9463.

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