September 21, 2017

KY’s Largest Winery Sold to Californians

It’s always good to see wine professionals from established regions investing in Midwest Wine.  That’s especially true of the Papina family from California who recently purchased Elk Creek Vineyards, Kentucky’s largest winery by volume.  The Papina’s have a Napa Valley grape growing legacy that goes back 145 years.  All that expertise will help to grow our regional wine industry. Welcome to Kentucky!

See: New Owners at Elk Creek Vineyards 



About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.