A Taste of the Country
Little Kentucky River Winery opens season with music, wine
They plan to open a second tasting room
in La Grange, Ky.
BEDFORD, Ky. (June 2018) – A visitor to the Little Kentucky River Winery on U.S. Hwy. 421, a few miles south of Bedford, Ky., will find a serene place. There is a picturesque rural shelter built from the wood and stone of the surrounding country side and surrounded by nature.
On a late afternoon on Saturday during warm weather, there will be live music provided by some of the best musicians in the region. Artists like Indiana Jazz Hall of Fame guitarist Bill Lancton, local blues legend Jimmy Davis, or the hugely popular Troubadours of Divine Bliss.
Opening the season on June 2 is Robby Cox, a favorite performer at Little Kentucky. Cox is a Henry County, Ky., native now living in La Grange. He has been playing music since 2001 and performs a wide variety of tunes without help from a music stand.
Photo by John Sheckler
Teresa Schnell Weyler pours wine for a customer at The Little Kentucky River Winery near Bedford, Ky.
In the middle of this serenity, Teresa Schnell Weyler flies from place to place moving faster than the Energizer Bunny. She is a tiny ball of energy and one of the driving forces behind the winery. Her husband, David, cleared the land, planted the grapes and built the structure. But she is the driving force behind the ideas.
The Weylers always had a love for country life, history and nature. In 2003, they purchased their first tract of land in Trimble County. In 2005, they purchased additional acreage located along the banks of the Little Kentucky River. This tract included the original Hunter House.
“Upon researching the history,” Teresa said, “we learned that the home was built by the Hunter brothers in the early 1900s. We wanted to save the house and preserve the property.”
The house was nearly in ruin, and the property was too hilly and rough for conventional farming.
“The one option that seemed to meet criteria for the use of the land and the house was to plant a vineyard and open a winery,” Teresa said.
“We strive to be ‘green,’ We believe in conserving the environment. We believe in the motto ‘Recycle, reuse and repurpose.’ We have strived to utilize all creek rock and timber, cut and milled from sustainable forest management off our farm for much of the work done to the house, construction of the winery, and to create unique spaces around the grounds.”
After spending weekends at the property for a few years, the Weylers were attracted to a new lifestyle.
“We were drawn to sell our home in Louisville and move to the country,” Teresa said. “We spent much of our spare time over a period of three years restoring the house to near its original uniqueness. We moved to an environment that facilitates an opportunity to live life self-sufficiently, growing our own fruits and vegetables with the ability to raise our own meat and poultry and fresh eggs.”
Enjoying peaceful views of the trickling creeks and endless opportunities to be one on one with nature was an opportunity to live in balance with the land and natural world. But Teresa still maintains a high energy life.
Music by some of her favorite artists, including the Troubadours of Divine Bliss, gave her that energy.
The Troubadours feel the same about the Weylers.
“David & Teresa are true-hearted purveyors of kindness and community,” said Troubadours Renee Ananda and Aim Me Smiley. “They also make incredible wine.”
“We are all lucky to be a part of the paradise they have created. As professional musicians who have toured wineries all over America and Europe for 22 years, we can say with authority that Little Kentucky River Winery is one of the best spots in the world – for the beautiful setting, open-hearted family vibe and the exceptional wine. This place is a true Kentucky treasure.”
“Making good wine is in itself an art form,” said David. “The facilities that we have created from nature, is another way of expressing our passion for art.”
Teresa’s energy is now driving the winery to additional music nights and even an additional location. She plans music and meals on Sunday, possibly in a secluded area of the property called the Enchanted Forest, and more events on Friday nights at the main pavilion.
Her most recent dream is a second tasting room at the train station in La Grange, Ky., It is scheduled to open June 1.
“We’ve served our wines in La Grange for several events over the past several years,” she said. “We have been participating in the Art on the Green festival, at the Oldham County History Center, and many Oldham County Historical Society events, and most recently, the monthly Trackside music events held there each summer.”
It didn’t take long for the Wylers to expand their love of country living to include the historical town of La Grange.
“The unique historical past and feel of downtown La Grange and its close proximity to our winery seemed like a perfect fit. History plays a huge role in who we are, so when the opportunity became available to join up with the La Grange Railroad Museum, it was simply not a question. It just felt right.”
The tourism leaders in La Grange say they are happy to have The Little Kentucky Winery as an addition to the town’s tourism attractions list.
“We are very excited to have Teresa and David as permanent feature in La Grange,” said Discover Downtown La Grange Director Karen Eldridge. “Little Kentucky River Winery will be a wonderful place for locals to hang out, visitors to relax and to extend their stay in La Grange.”
The partnership in the Historic Train Depot in Downtown La Grange is sponsored by the Ohio Valley Railroad Historical Foundation.
From June through September, the winery near Bedford is open noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and from 1-5 p.m. Sundays, with live music and meal options on Saturday evenings. The tasting room at the train station in La Grange will be open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sundays. For a listing of events, visit www.thelittlekentuckyriverwinery.com.
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