An inspired vision to work the rich fertile soil of the Kentucky Bluegrass in a county steeped with equine tradition, a tobacco and cattle farm gave way to what is now Equus Run Vineyards. The vision became reality in January 1998 with the combined efforts of friends and family.
The visionary in this story is owner Cynthia Bohn who, coincidentally, also serves as our vineyard manager, winemaker and captain of the team. As a 31-year veteran of IBM Corp., she had the opportunity to travel the world and sample many wonderful cuisines and wines. As the story goes, Cynthia was examining the business case studies of wine giants Mondavi and Gallo as part of continuing business education curriculum at the IBM Harvard Business Institute. As she researched numerous wineries in the region, her mind gave way to thoughts of her own vineyard and winery in Kentucky. Countless hours of dedicated research later, the business plan was born and Woodford County, Kentucky had its first winery and vineyard in 1998.
Having grown up on a tobacco farm in Hart County, Cynthia is well-versed in “Farming 101” and learned the value of hard work from her parents. On any one day she may be repairing a motor, pruning or introducing tours. The winery and vineyard, surrounded by the meandering South Elkhorn Creek, boasts rich soils that were initially cattle fields with tobacco and hay crops. With the help of local farmers, the fields were cultivated and planted in vines.
Equus Run Vineyards is nestled on 38 acres in the heart of central Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region and was voted by CNN Travel as a Must See Hidden Treasure of the US. Amidst picturesque thoroughbred horse farms, historic stone fences and the quaint charm of Midway, KY, Equus Run is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic, try your luck at fishing, enjoy the golf putting green, stroll through the gardens or explore the scenic South Elkhorn Creek with kayaking.
Each summer, Equus Run Vineyards offers music at the vineyard series and showcases both national and local musicians in our stone terraced outdoor amphitheater stage. Starting each May the “Sunday Tunes in the Vines” series starts with free music each Sunday. We invite you to sip, stroll and simply enjoy our vineyards and winery while visiting the “Horse Capital of the World.”