News & Events

March 25, 2015

Posted by Greg on March 25, 2015

Waking up from our winter’s nap.  Yesterday I saw hints of redbuds.  Watch for our upcoming email blasts and send your name to to be added to the list.

March 28 is the McConnell Springs Barrel Tasting and we will have lunch available for $12.  Reservations advised.

April 11 is Twofer Dinner celebrating the Jesters Birthday and Horseshoe Bend’s 12th Anniversary.  Twofer $65 plus wine, tax, tip.  Reservations required.  Watch for the menu announcement.  Call the winery at 859-375-0296 to reserve.

January 25, 2015

Posted by Greg on January 25, 2015

Valentine’s Day is slowly approaching and what better way to celebrate than with your friends at Horseshoe Bend Winery! Join us Saturday, February 14th, the Jester awaits! Come out and enjoy a dinner so great! Dinner is at 6:00 pm.  Advanced Reservations including menu choice necessary.   Price is $65 per couple, plus wine, tax, and gratuity. Call 859-375-0296 to reserve.   The menu is:

Assorted Appetizers
Shared salad with hearty winter greens and duo of dressings
Choice of Blackened Chicken or Seared Salmon over
Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Citrus Kissed Snow Peas
Duo of Desserts

October 6, 2014

Posted by Greg on October 6, 2014

Upcoming events

LIKE OUR GLUHWEIN?!    We will have it at our   UPCOMING EVENTS!

  • YOGA in the VINEYARD

    We are going to start hosting Yoga in the Vineyard! Lead by Jennifer Hurst from Pink Elephant in Bardstown! She is a wonderful instructor! Cost is 5.00 for class and 10.00 for class and a light lunch! We are anticipating a class every Saturday at 10AM! Come out for our first session next Saturday!!                          October 11, 2014

  • Branstetters and BBQ

Join us at the winery with Matt and Ryan Branstetter playing live music! Good music, good food and great wine!! $10.00 for a plate and entertainment! We will see you 5:30!    

                                                                                              October 11, 2014


    Breast Cancer Benefit Dinner.  Details pending! Join our email blast and we will keep you in the know!                                                                October 25, 2014

September 2014 – Catalina Film Festival

Posted by Greg on September 19, 2014

So how does a small winery in the middle of Kentucky end up being the Official Wine of a Hollywood Film Festival on a resort island just outside of Los Angeles? It was as simple as a chance meeting on a plane.

For the fourth year in a row, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery, located in Willisburg, Kentucky, is the Official Wine of the Catalina Film Festival on Santa Catalina Island.

It all started when Ron Truppa, director of the festival, was sitting next to Horseshoe Bend’s publicist on a return flight during Christmas.  After a phone call to winemaker Greg Karsner, the rest was history.

“I told him I admired his passion for wanting to start a film festival in the heart of Hollywood and he admired my passion for winemaking. ” Karsner says, “I offered to send him some bottles and if he liked them and wanted to use them to give me a ring.  Four years later……still here!”

Truppa had already tried a variety of California Vineyards but was not satisfied. He appreciates and enjoys what he has with Horseshoe Bend, even if it is half way across the country. “We constantly communicate back and forth about the private labels they provide for us, and the Catalina Wine Mixer party that they throw every year.”

So does any of this wine being in the hands of celebrities on the West Coast have any kind of perks that go with it?   But of course!  Two years ago Greg was able to watch Marvel’s “The Avengers” as well as have lunch with the comic’s founder, Stan Lee. “That was an incredible experience. The nerd in me loved it!”

Who is scheduled to attend this year?  Nicholas Cage and William H. Macy are slated to appear and there is a chance that Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner will also turn out to promote their new movie. And which of these celebrities would Greg Karsner most like to see?  He provided a most Hollywood fashioned answer “No comment.”

The Catalina Film Festival runs from September 25-28 and benefits the Catalina Island Conservancy project. The featured movies are on Friday night (with red carpet previews!) and the weekend is packed with seminars from industry professionals.

May 1, 2014

Posted by Greg on May 1, 2014

Now that we are all defrosted, Horseshoe Bend kicks off the season with Pigapalooza Saturday May 10 followed by the first Burgers and Banjos on May 16.  Beginning in June the first and third Fridays will be Burgers and Banjos and the second and fourth Saturdays will be Vine Dining.  All dates are posted on our calendar so you may plan your summer visits!!  We look forward to seeing you each and every one.


February 21, 2014

Posted by Greg on February 21, 2014

Basketball, Chili dogs, and Wine!  If the wind subsides there will be a firepit also.

February 12. 2014

Posted by Greg on February 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Abe!

Valentine’s Day Dinner for Friday, February 14 is sold out but there are spaces on Friday.  Menu is the same.  Call today to reserve–859-375-0296.

February 5, 2013

Posted by Greg on February 5, 2014

Happy New Year to All!

While the vines are sleeping Horseshoe Bend Staff is busy preparing events for 2014.  We begin with KWA’s Wine Trail Event, Saturday February 8 and follow that with a Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14.  Menu for Valentine’s Day revolves around your choice of smoked tenderloin or smoked salmon.  Price for this event is $45 per couple plus wine.  Call the Winery before February 11 to reserve your spot (859-375-0296) as reservations are necessary.

March Madness with Conference Tournaments and the NCAA and then takes us to the annual McConnell Springs Barrel Tasting on the last Saturday of the month.

April 1 is Jester Day and we celebrate through the first weekend in April.  Strawberry Fool anyone?

May is Derby and the return of Friday night burger events.  Watch for postings and email blasts announcing these events.

The vines are awakening and we are here to provide their TLC.


November 3, 2013

Posted by Greg on November 3, 2013

The Breast Cancer Benefit went so well and there are donations to Markey and Brown Breast Cancer Centers as a result.  With harvest being over and the wine a-making, it is time for a brief relax to enjoy the fall season.  The last of the leaves are beautiful.  We are lighting the firepit frequently so you may even sit outside and just enjoy the view.

October 20, 2013

Posted by Greg on October 20, 2013

The grapes are in, the grapes are in.  Harvest is complete!  Hooray!  Now we plan to close out October with a Breast Cancer Benefit Dinner October 26.  Wear costumes if you like and together we will ‘Scare for the Cure.’  Dinner is from 5:30 to 8:30.  There will be tasty tidbits to begin the evening and Chef Joe from Lexington is working his magic for us on a pork loin, harvest veggies, and his special recipe for dessert.  Price is $30 per person plus wine and tax.  A portion of the profits will be divided between Markey and Brown Breast Cancer Centers.