A relatively new addition to the Vintage Kentucky Winery Guide, we couldn’t wait to visit Fancy Farm Vineyard & Winery. With a micro climate and white clay soil not typically found anywhere else in the state, co-owner and wine maker, Tom Curtsinger, grows grapes that he was told would never grow here — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Chardonnay, Malbec, Viognier, and Riesling. In fact, he and his family have been at it for 10 years now. His vines survived the winters of 2013 and 2014 when many vineyards lost theirs.
The current wine list is strong with the influence of Riesling as many of the other varieties are still works in progress that won’t be ready until the fall.
Old Red Barn was a blend of Concord, Niagara, and Riesling. While listed as sweet, it was well balanced with good fruit flavor, but not cloying.
Their Blackberry was also listed under the sweet catagory but it was done more like a semi-dry and reminded Aary of the dry Blackberry wine she had loved so much at Butterducks Winery in Georgia.
Fancy Pear had the right amount of sweetness and a delicious pear flavor. It was made from Red Anjou Pears and had a beautiful red color from skins.
Fancy Peach was a sweet peach wine very true to the fruit.
Fancy White was their sweetest white and was a blend of Niagara, Cayuga, and Riesling.
A semi-sweet blend of the same Niagara, Cayuga, and Riesling, Golden Grape was a really nice experience. It started off sweet but finished dry with a delightful wash of flavor.
Moscato was exactly what you would expect from this varietal.
Returning to that signature blend of Niagara, Cayuga, and Riesling, Harvest Gold was the dry version of their white. Just like I was surprised when I first tasted a dry Concord, I really enjoyed the flavor and liked what they had done with this wine.
Peachy Keen was another wonderful surprise as it too was done dry.
Finally we were to the Ruby Red. It was a dry version of Old Red Barn and both Aary and I agreed that it was our favorite.
Just when we didn’t think it could get much better, Tom disappeared into the production room and returned with a barrel taste of one of his experiments. Ruby Red Oaked was the same dry Ruby Red but aged with oak staves. How we both wished we could have had more!
The Fancy Farm tasting room was spacious and inviting. It was a great space for gatherings and activities. They are frequently the host to a number of events, including yoga and painting classes, which co-owner Robbie Felker coordinates.
We had such a wonderful time visiting with Tom and Robbie and discussing wine making. Tom gave me a number of tips to help us with our endeavors and I know Bushmaster is really going to enjoy meeting him. I cannot wait to return here in the fall when they will have more of their vinifera wines bottled and available. Fancy Farm Winery is such a gem!