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A new and improved Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery

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Popular tourst destination undergoes five-year overhaul

By Brittany Fuller

By Brittany Fuller

News staff

After undergoing a recent five-year overhaul, the owners of Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery say there has never been a better time to come out and enjoy a glass of wine.

Located at 1180 Lanes Mill Road and situated on a 60-acre farm, the vineyard offers 10 different varieties and hosts a tasting room which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a minimal tasting fee, and bottles are available for purchase.

There is a wine club available for those who wish to join, which also comes with member-only discounts on wine and free tastings.

Just having harvested the wineries Vidal, operations director Brian Sivinski said if you had told him five years ago the winery would be in the shape it is today, he would have been elated.

“(Five years ago) we had to pull stuff from the market, I can’t tell you how bad it was,” said Sivinski. “It was at a point where it was like, OK, what do we do to just keep the name alive? Now I feel like we have a hold on this, it is doing OK, and we have created buzz in outer markets.”

Bringing in winemaker Bryan Jones, Sivinski said he made the most sense to help the winery because of his experience working with many of Kentucky’s other wineries.

The first thing Sivinski asked Jones was what he thought could be salvaged.

“I liked what he was saying and how he approached it and his honesty,” said Sivinski. “There was a time I was like maybe we need to write this off. He (Jones) found the good things and was honest about the bad.”

Sivinski said that it took a joint effort to be sitting where they are today.

“I never thought I would be doing this,” Sivinski said. “Colby Gaines (assistant winemaker) was in farming. Bryan this is his hobby. He goes home at night and is still talking about it. We need someone like that here to keep us going. Colby has been around farming his whole life and has taught me a lot. I think we could all see the potential that this place had. That vineyard is a very special place in Kentucky.”

Although Kentucky is generally a sweeter state for wine, Sivinski said the winery is known for its dry wine. In fact, he said the winery did not offer sweet wine until about two years ago.

The vineyard has vines dating back 22 years, which Sivinski said it is a Kentucky wine maker’s dream. The vines, he said, produce solid quality fruit every year. For the first three years the group worked together as a team on every aspect of the vineyard.

“We did it all by ourselves for three years,” said Savinski. “Us three for three years on the farm, making the wine and doing the tasting room.”

In fact, those who have not visited recently would be surprised to find that the building has gone through three phases of construction in the past five years. Sivinski said the inside of the tasting room has been completely gutted and transformed. The lounge was converted last year to offer guests a more relaxing atmosphere as well as a place to enjoy wine in the cooler winter months.

One more phase of construction will complete the vineyard’s transformation when the barrel room doubles in size for a showcase room to be included on wine tours.

As the vineyard is set to harvest its remaining grapes in a few weeks, Sivinski, Jones and Gaines all agreed that the vineyard and tasting room have come a long way and is the best they have seen.

“I hope that people come in and they see what they see and they relax a little bit,” said Sivinski. “Appreciate wine, maybe even go on a little adventure from that. We want to help educate people on wine and help them appreciate what this place can do.”