News & Events
Celebrate the sights, sounds, smells and flavors of the country.
See the grapes waking up and stretching. The redbuds are spectacular and the wildflowers are keeping them company. Mayapple, violets, trillium and more decorate the forest floor.
Climb the hills and tramp the woods to experience the wonder of spring. (The ground is uneven so wear super sturdy shoes and walking sticks are recommended.)
Listen to the birds, crickets and frogs. One can almost hear the grass and the dandelions pop up and up and up!
Smell the fresh air on the deck at Horseshoe Bend and sip a glass of luscious wine.
Mmmm. Grilled cheese Fridays and pulled pork Saturdays are here to stay.
New Wines Join Silver Medalist at Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery
Springfield, KY, winery is throwing a Wine Release Celebration April 24-26, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, KY – APRIL 2015 – Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery’s Red Jester wine, a spicy and earthy wine with berry and oak tones, has won a Silver Medal at the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. On April 24 to 26, Red Jester will be uncorked and feted during a Release Celebration for his two new friends: White Jester, a white wine blend, and Black Jester, a red wine blend. Along with the Jester line of wines, Kong’s Thong, a super fruit-forward wine, has returned. Join the winery to celebrate and sample the new wines and other Horseshoe Bend favorites accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres. Visit www.HorseshoeBend-Ky.com for more information.
Located on a hilltop in Springfield, KY, with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding valley, Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery is known for its European-styles wines – all dry and meant to be paired deliciously with food. A large deck offers the perfect seating for relaxing with a bottle of Horseshoe Bend wine and soaking in the breathtaking vista.
Tastings are offered at the winery for a small fee. Cheese trays are available for purchase. On Fridays there is grilled cheese and, on Saturdays, pulled pork. “Dine on the Deck” events occur
regularly throughout the season, including the day-long Pigapalooza in June. For details, check the winery’s calendar on the website or call the winery at 859-375-0296.
Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery is open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April through September. The hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday March through October. It is open 1-5 p.m. Sunday year-round.
Visit www.HorseshoeBend-Ky.com and click on “News & Events” to see what is being planned at the winery and in the vineyard. Visit www.SeeSpringfield.com to see all the reasons to visit this central Kentucky community. In addition to the winery, Springfield is home to the new Kentucky Fiber Trail, NFL legend’s Phil Simms Exhibit and the Lincoln Homestead State Park, and sits at the crossroads of the Trans America Bike and three routes traversing the Bike the Bourbon Trail.
Bob and Ann Karsner, Owners
Horseshoe Bend Vineyards
Carla Abbi, Executive Director
Springfield Tourism Commission
Hi- and Low-res images available.
ABOUT HORSESHOE BEND WINERY │ Horseshoe Bend Vineyard and Winery is a family-owned and operated winery and vineyard sitting on an 80-acre farm in Springfield, KY. Established in 1997, the award-winning vineyard is known for its European style dry wines, including a half dozen available for tasting. The Tasting Room and its outdoor deck seating overlook the hills and valleys of Springfield. Horseshoe Bend wines are currently available in 60 restaurants and retail outlets throughout Kentucky and Ohio. Events, including “Dine on the Deck” and private catered dinners accompanied by live music, are scheduled from spring through fall. Facebook/HorseshoeBendWinery
ABOUT SPRINGFIELD, KY │ Located at the center of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® on the crossroads of major adventure cycling trails, Springfield, Ky., has something unexpected around every corner: bourbon, wine and the new Kentucky Fiber Trail; locally-raised specialties like GMO-free beef, shitake mushrooms, organic greens and more; artisan-designed handicrafts; Lincoln and Civil War history; golf at Lincoln Homestead State Park; fishing and boating on Willisburg Lake; and a commitment to a
sustainable future. Cyclists find the Trans America Bike and three routes traversing the Bike the Bourbon Trail. Foodies discover fine dining with a Southern flair and culinary outings to the vineyard. Historians come across Kentucky’s original Holy Land. Eco-minded travelers find alpaca farms, greenhouses and farmers markets. As home to one of Kentucky’s most award-winning bed and breakfast inns, Historic 1851 Maple Hill Manor, as well as a 62-room hotel and city camping, Springfield makes a charming destination for an overnight or a long weekend. Facebook/SeeSpringfieldKY
Waking up from our winter’s nap. Yesterday I saw hints of redbuds. Watch for our upcoming email blasts and send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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:
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
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
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.
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.
Basketball, Chili dogs, and Wine! If the wind subsides there will be a firepit also.
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.
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.