There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Land Between The Lakes even if you are not a fan of water sports, hiking or general energetic outdoor activities. The scenery is beautiful from any aspect and thanks to the geography being such a pull, off lake and off trail activities and attractions are increasing. Arm in arm with developing the LBL as the premier US area for outdoor recreation and a need for Kentucky farmers
to find an alternative to their traditional tobacco crop, a growth in agri-tourism has meant you can now visit farms and artisan producers and craftsmen and working vineyards and wineries.
About 17 miles north east of Hopkinsville, Christian County at 15000 Overton Drive, you’ll find the family run Bravard Vineyards and Winery. Family couple Jim and Jan Bravard welcome you to their farm and vineyard for tastings every Saturday between 10am and 5pm.
The Bravard Vineyard is part of the Kentucky Wine Trail and has been planted with grapes since 1985 although the Bravards bought the 50 acre farm in 1980. The couple’s skill in cultivating the grapes and turning them into good commercial wines grew until they decided to apply for a commercial winery licence which was granted in December 1992. From those first few acres they planted they produced about 400 gallons of wine in the first year and today when you visit, there’s 6.5 acres of French-American hybrid and pure American varieties of grapes producing 6 types of wine in 2 winery buildings.
You can taste the wines in a quaint room from where you can also purchase the wine and choose from a small range of wine accessories. The menu currently lists 6 wines, 4 whites including 2 dessert style and 2 reds.
Saturday wine tastings are complimentary and you are welcome to have your own picnic or you can book a privately catered picnic for two during May through October. That’s a unique way to celebrate a special occasion.