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River Valley moves tasting room to winery

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By Dave Taylor

Krasi and Vicky Georgiev, owners of River Valley Winery, have relocated the winery’s tasting room – The Mehana – from downtown Carrollton to their farm, located at 1279 Mound Hill Road on state Hwy. 549.

The Georgievs, who have operated the winery since 2001, first opened their tasting room at 126 Sixth Street in January 2008.

Vicky Georgiev says it “was the plan all along” to ultimately have the tasting room facility located at the winery at the top of Mound Hill.

“In 1999 was when we first planted the vineyard,” she said. “Then we built the wine production area, then the house and now the tasting room. We were the fourth federally certified winery in the state of Kentucky.”

According to Vicky, the easiest access to the winery is by turning south from U.S. 42 in Prestonville onto Hwy 55. South of town, Hwy 549 (Mound Hill Road) forks to the right. Take Hwy 549 to the top of the hill. A “River Valley Winery” sign directs visitors to turn right. “Turn right and just follow that back to where we are,” she said.

The tasting room offers the eight varieties of wines produced by the winery, either by the glass or by the bottle; a variety of Kentucky cheeses, and Samuel Adams beer on tap. Special entertainment events are held frequently, including the recent “blessing of the wine, vineyards and animals” ceremony, which was conducted by Pastor Chad Admik of St. Peter Lutheran Church on May 30.

“All of our wines are produced here on our farm from 100 percent Kentucky grown grapes,” she added proudly.

Wines produced by River Valley Winery have won “11 international medals,” Vicky said.

They have won in multiple categories at the Indiana State Fair’s International Wine Competition during the past several years. The event is billed as one of the largest in the United States and draws more than 3,000 entrants from 15 countries.

They have also won medals at the Northern Kentucky wine competition in Alexandria, Ky., and at the Wines of the South Regional Competition held annually in Knoxville, Tenn.