Owner(s): Dan and Peg Montgomery
Winemaker: Dan Montgomery
Open to Public
Wed-Thu 5 to 8; Fri-Sat 1 to 9; Sun 12 to 5
13815 Walton Verona Rd, Verona, Kentucky 41092
phone: (859) 739-3144
email: not available
Verona Vineyards Profile
Written by Brian—Dec 8, 2017
Kentucky may be known for horses and bourbon, but there is also a vibrant wine scene. This reality is driven home as you approach Verona Vineyards, which is just 30 minutes south of Cincinnati. The rolling hills that dominate the landscape are reminiscent of wine country. The property is as stunning as the drive.
When you enter the Verona property you will drive past the mid-19th-century George Vest house and around the barn and silos. Then you will find the parking area next to what appears to be a converted horse barn.
The interior is spacious with enough seating to accommodate special events and more than enough to seat the stream of tasting traffic. Indeed, events are a winery mainstay that includes summer concerts, chocolate and wine pairings and an in-house chef to prepare meals on Saturday and Sunday.
Planting began in 2004 and today there are three acres under vine with plans to plant another acre. Additional fruit is sourced from Kentucky growers and California allowing winemaker Dan Montgomery to produce about 1500 cases of wine. There are plans to eventually expand that total to 3000 cases.
During my recent visit, I tasted through several of the Verona offerings, but concentrated on wines make from Kentucky fruit. I must admit to being fairly blow away by several of the wines. I’m did not have enough experience with Kentucky wines to have any expectations, but this winery set the bar pretty high.
There were two wines in particular that stood out for me. The estate Cabernet Franc Reserve was exceptional with its ripe fruit, structured tannins and long finish. The winemaker deserves kudos, but proper vineyard management was the key to producing this stellar red.
In my mind, the signature Verona wine is the bourbon barrel Chardonnay. This wine spends several years in a bourbon barrel. This imparts little oak, but infuses the wine with Chard with bourbon notes. It was my overall favorite and I think it was worth the drive for this wine alone.
Verona Owner and President Peg Montgomery was behind the tasting bar and stepped my through the wines. We talked at length about the Verona experience and she was adamant that hospitality was the most important feature of the customer experience. I found Peg to be an enthusiastic and exceptional ambassador for Kentucky wine.
If you have never visited a Kentucky winery or if you are in the process of exploring the wines of the Bluegrass State, I will submit that Verona Vineyards should be on your short list. The wine, the experience and the local beauty combine to make this the perfect venue. After you stop in, please reach out and let me know your thoughts.