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Wildside Winery

5500 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY 40383
859-879-3982
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Versailles
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Owner description: Owners Neil and Rachel bought a beautiful 30 acre farm near Versailles, Kentucky in Woodford County...
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Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
Owner description: Owners Neil and Rachel bought a beautiful 30 acre farm near Versailles, Kentucky in Woodford County in 1997 and began planting grapes, berries, apples, and peaches in 1998. They named the farm Wildside Farm because of the wild sunflowers and coneflowers that grew in abundance. In addition, the name fit because the farm was initially certified organic until they learned that a minimum of amount of pesticides was needed to keep the fruits healthy. They still use minimal pesticides. Each year they planted more grapes until today they have 5 acres of grapes, two acres of fruit trees and 1.5 acres of berries.Welcome to Wildside Winery your winery near Lexington Kentucky, the airport, and Keeneland racetrack! Come join us for a glass of fine wine. Let us prove to you that Kentucky can compete in wine quality. Located just south of historic Versailles, Kentucky and just minutes from Lexington, Kentucky our comfortable and charming space is the perfect to relax with others to or just escape to enjoy a glass of your favorite wine.Wildside Winery has a great selection of wine styles. We have 9 dry red wines from medium mellow to big and dry.We have dry white wines including Chardonnay and Seyval Blanc. Wildside Winery specializes in exceptional berry wines such as blackberry, raspberry, and blueberry. Our style is to have serious, undiluted, pure fruit wines. We also have a semi-sweet wine called "Sonata". It is our Riesling style wine - very fruity, smooth and a little sweet. We have two sweeter wines the fruity Niagara and the smooth and sweet Wild Rose, which is our rose' and is called for when a customer is looking for a white zinfandel or white Merlot. Neil is the wine maker at Wildside Winery and he loves making new and interesting kinds of wine. These unusual wines are often tricky to make and time consuming. They are often made in small quantities and are usually from fresh local fruit. A short list of the interesting wines are our new Bourbon barrel red wine made with Cabernet, peach mead, fresh strawberry, hard cider, and many other delicious wines. Another special wine is our Port wine. It's aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels. And last but not least, we finally made a sweet red wine that call Dangerous.Wildside Winery is very close to Keenland race track in Lexington, Kentucky. It is convenient to stop in to the winery after Keenland for a wine tasting. We are here to make your visit an enjoyable and memorable one. We look forward to providing a wide range of exciting wines for you to explore in a comfortable, friendly environment. Lets talk about wine, winemaking, vine growing and your preferences in wine.Come taste both serious and fun wines at Wildside Winery.We won a Silver medal for our Cabernet Franc and three Silver medals for the different categories below at the Kentucky State Fair Commercial Wine Contest!Dry red blend we got a silver medal for our "Duet"Sweet red varietal we got silver for Chambourcin "Dangerous"Rose' or blush blend we got a silver medal for "Wild Rose"Check out our new On-line store, just click at the left panel.Chambourcin was voted Number 1 !!!! by popular vote at Vintage Kentucky festival and it won a silver medal at the Indy International Wine Competition.We just received our Retail Beer license! We are now serving quality beers by the drink.
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Fairborn, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

During our week long tour of bourbon distilleries, we took a side trip to Wildside Winery. Each of us tried a flight of 6 glasses of different wines at a reasonable price. We prefer drier wines, so we stayed away from the sweeter wines. All were excellent except the Seyval Blanc. Our host, Christina Gora, was as hospitable and charming... More 

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Franklin, TN
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Based on the good reviews it has received, we actually drove about twenty minutes out of our way to try Wildside Winery. Although small, it is cute on the inside with decorations and hanging lights. We arrived around 12:30 on a Saturday, and no one was there except for a table with six girls and one lady checking out at... More 

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Urbana, Illinois
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30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We stopped here when we saw a sign for it off the highway while touring the Bourbon Trail. Its a small place with a number of wines to sample (the flights were fun). The staff were very friendly and warm. Enjoyable and worth stopping by.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Enjoyed wine tasting inside then bought a bottle and sat outside on the deck overlooking farmland. There were only a handful of people there (plus one cat) so it was very quiet and relaxing. The staff was very friendly.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is an excellent winery located in rural Kentucky - rural Kentucky equals narrow roads - and one well worth the visit to. A full wine tasting of 8 wines will cost you $6.00 per person. It is well worth the charge as the samples are generous. We were able to talk with the owners and you can tell they... More 

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Covington, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

We had a great wine tasting here and enjoyed some cheese and crackers along with about 8 types of wine. Of course we bought a bottle of our favorite. This winery has a fruit wine made from the paw paw which we did not get to taste. But maybe next time? We hope to go back someday.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Small family winery. Pick a table or bar stool and make your 8 selections from a list of about 20 to taste. Only $3 for the 8 tastings! Great variety and all were good. Friendly staff.

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California, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

If you love wine; find the time!!! Every selection they have is good!! We left with 2 cases!! Lots of fun!

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Paris, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I have been to most of the central Kentucky wineries and many wineries across the country. Wildside Winery remains my "Cheers". The wine is fantastic, the owners are so hospitable, and the grounds are magnificant. You will not experience one ounce of snobiness her. The owners will leave you alone if you want or will tell you all about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

Their wines were quite good. The experience was fun, the atmosphere enjoyable, and the setting quite pretty. We especially enjoyed visiting with the owner...she was pleasant, eager, and simply easy to be around. She made the experience relaxed and homy. We purchased several bottles to share with friends and found the pricing and selection very agreeable.

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