Wine Vote

FLEMINGSBURG | The Echo Valley Vineyard, located on Elizaville Avenue, in Fleming County will soon be allowed to sell wine.

According to Fleming County Clerk Jarrod Fritz, a special election was held Tuesday, which resulted in 146 votes in favor of the option and 20 votes against the sale.

Stephen Watson, son of vineyard owners David and Sue Watson, said he was pleased with the election results.

"We were unsure about the election," he said.  "You never know what will happen.  But, it was unreal how much support we had.  There were a lot of family, friends and neighbors who supported us in this."

Watson said the vineyard has been a part of Fleming County for eight years and has sold wine grapes to numerous wineries.

"We wanted to do more than just sell grapes to other wineries," he said.  "And, we've noticed that wineries bring in more tourists than a vineyard does, so we're hoping to help the local economy, too."

Watkins said his family hopes to have the winery open by Christmas.

"We have to apply for our license and get the facility up and running," he said.  "We hope to have all of that completed and running by the end of the year.  Maybe we can be finished before Christmas."

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Watson also said he wants to thank all of the people who supported his family.

"My family and I are very thankful for the support from our friends, neighbors and just everyone who helped us to get to this point," he said.  "We couldn't have done any of this without them."

Watson said once the winery is open, the name of the facility will change to the Echo Valley Vineyard and Winery.

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