Tragedy At Harkness Edwards Vineyards
Lightening has again claimed one of the Midwest’s best wineries. Harkness Edwards Vineyard near Lexington is reportedly a complete loss after a fire Tuesday night. Harkness Edwards has appeared several times in Midwest Wine Press recently; their groundbreaking new Cab Dore and unique labels and marketing strategies are just two examples of Harkness Edwards’ leadership role in Kentucky and Midwest wine.
The tragic situation at Harkness Edwards is reminiscent of the fire that claimed Miletta Vista Winery in Nebraska. During June of 2012, lightning struck Miletta Vista in the middle of the night. At daylight, the tasting room and production facility were gone. However, Miletta Vista was rebuilt and reopened this summer.
The Kentucky wine community is strong and we expect that Harkness Edwards will too be rebuilt. Our hearts and best wishes go out to Harky and Cathy Edwards and the entire crew at Harkness Edwards.
The Midwest Wine Press article about the rebirth Milleta Vista contains important information about protecting your winery from natural disasters and liabilities. (Properly grounding a building cannot prevent fires caused by lightning, although it can reduce the likelihood.)
See related story: Milletta Vista Rises From the Ashes
For more information about Harkness Edwards fire see: http://www.wtvq.com/content/localnews/story/Unclear-Future-For-Harkness-Edwards-Vineyards/VhFySfOn8ky9q0rWkpkoQQ.cspx