For Immediate Release
July 21, 2014
Lake Cumberland Winery has been designated as a Bon Appe’tit Appalachia site. Bon Appétit Appalachia is a culinary tourism initiative of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Tourism Advisory Council and the Kentucky Department of Travel & Tourism. Lake Cumberland Winery is located in Wayne County, Kentucky and features award winning wines made by the winery from grapes grown on the farm. In addition to grape wines the winery has fruit wine made from locally grown fruit. A unique feature of the retail sales and tasting room at the winery is that it stocks wines from other small farm wineries in Kentucky. The sales room is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and other days by appointment. Guests are invited to enjoy the flavors of Kentucky on the Sky Walk behind the winery and tour the vineyards. For more information visit lakecumberlandwinery.com or Facebook/Lake Cumberland Winery
The Bon Appe’tit Appalachia program is a regional tourism initiative involving 13 states, 420 counties and 285 designated sites within that territory that feature locally grown foods and food products that are traditional to that area.
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. ARC’s mission is to be a strategic partner and advocate for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia. ARC’s defined Appalachia region includes 420 counties across 13 states.
ARC and its Tourism Advisory Council, which includes representatives from the 13 states within the Appalachian Region, have recently been involved in spearheading efforts to identify and produce a guide to Appalachia’s most distinctive local food destinations.The result is Bon Appétit Appalachia, which includes a map guide publication and a corresponding website. BAA was created to help generate new visitation throughout Appalachia and further establish Appalachia, with its unparalleled cultural, historical, and natural resources, as one of the most worthy travel destinations in the world. Here is a link to a short video offering some background of the project: http://appfoodguide.com/info-video/index.html.
ARC's Tourism Advisory Council along with the BAA project design partner requested and subsequently viewed hundreds of nominations to determine Appalachia’s most distinctive local food destinations. Over 280 sites, Lake Cumberland Winery being one of them, were selected to be highlighted on the map, and in addition to those, another 300 or so sites are showcased on a companion website. All destinations selected or highlighted for this project were required to be located in the Appalachian Region, accept visitors to their sites and significantly involve local food. In addition to Lake Cumberland Winery’s vineyard, tasting room and winemaking facilities other BAA destinations include farms, farm-to-fork restaurants, craft breweries, farmers’ markets, festivals, and distilleries.
The Bon Appétit Appalachia Map Guide is available as a free insert in the summer 2014 (July) issue of Food Traveler magazine. Here is a link to an article about Bon Appétit Appalachia that recently appeared on the magazine’s website. The guide will also be distributed to tourism centers throughout the Appalachian region. In addition to the guide, a corresponding website has also been created at http://www.visitappalachia.com/bonappetitappalachia .
Lake Cumberland Winery
122 Cedar Lane Farm
Monticello, KY 42633