The local option election to allow an Auburn winery to offer tastings and sell wine on site passed this week by a wide margin.
Carriage House Vineyards, located on Liberty Church Road in Auburn, will soon be able to sell the wine produced there after a 63-17 voting decision on Tuesday.
“I am a combination happy and relieved, because it has been a long process,” said Don Davis, the owner of Carriage House Vineyards. “This will allow us to move forward with some of our business plans. That margin really shows me that the community is in favor of what we’re doing.”
This vote was only open for the 1,400 registered voters in precinct 102, which is north of Auburn and north of 68 west out to the county line and north to where the Bucksville precinct begins.
While this was the last major hurdle for the winery to cross, it will still be a few months before Davis will be selling wine from his business.
“The county explained to me that they will have to create an ordinance and have it read at the fiscal court meetings,” Davis said. “Then once that is done, I have to physically create a space for the tasting room and that has to be inspected by the ABC before I can start selling wine.”
Davis said that he hopes to have the tasting room up and running by late summer or early fall.
So far, Carriage House wine has not been sold to the public. Davis has been working hard to get his product ready to sell, but it will be available at the Logan County Farmer’s Market before the tasting room is built in Auburn.
“You are allowed to sell locally produced wine at official Kentucky Proud Farmer’s Markets,” Davis said, adding that he plans to have his wine available for sale on Saturday, April 2 when the Farmer’s Market opens in Russellville for the season.
He planted his first vines in the spring of 2013 with 908 Chambourcin vines. Despite having a poor growing season, Davis said he hopes to get about 900 pounds of usual grapes from them this year.
“Chambourcin is a very versatile grape for wine making,” Davis said. “You can make a sweet wine or a dry wine from them.”
In the spring of last 2014, Davis diversified his crop with 268 more vines with five different varieties including St. Vincent, Concord, Cayuga White, Moores Diamond and Traminette.
In all, Carriage House Vineyards has 1,176 vines on 1.5 acres with plans to expand.
You can follow the progress of Carriage House Vineyards through its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/carriagehousevineyards.
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