Small Town Winery. Great Quality Wine.

Specializing in estate-bottled and grown Chambourcin red and rosé wines.
Come taste Kentucky!

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Small Town Winery. Great Quality Wine.

Specializing in estate-bottled and grown Chambourcin red and rosé wines.
Come taste Kentucky!

PVIEW OUR WINES  CONTACT US

Small Town Winery. Great Quality Wine.

Specializing in estate-bottled and grown Chambourcin red and rosé wines.
Come taste Kentucky!
VIEW OUR WINES  CONTACT US

Small Town Winery. Great Quality Wine.

Specializing in estate-bottled and grown Chambourcin red and rosé wines.
Come taste Kentucky!

VIEW OUR WINES  CONTACT US

Beer is made by men, wine by God.

– Martin Luther

ABOUT US

Poca Terra Winery

The story of Poca Terra (Italian for “small land”) begins around 1910 when John’s maternal great-grandfather, an Italian immigrant named Giovanni Bianchi, settled in Chicago.  One of his first purchases was a wooden wine press, along with a manual grape crusher and wooden barrel.  His much-used equipment was eventually passed down to his son, Luigi.  John remembers his grandfather purchasing California grapes from the farmers’ markets, filling every available space of his car with crates, and using that same press to make homemade wine in the basement of his Chicago home.  John holds fond memories of his grandfather’s wine being served at holiday feasts and other gatherings of his large, extended family.

Four generations later, Giovanni’s wine press found its home at John and Karen’s farm in Marshall County, Kentucky.  For many years those old tools served merely as conversation pieces, but in the back of John’s mind grew a desire to continue the family tradition.  After much research on grape varietals that grow well in the climate and soil of western Kentucky, we planted a small vineyard of Chambourcin vines, a French-American hybrid that produces superb dry and semi-sweet wines that pair well with a wide variety of foods. So far, every step in making our award-winning, estate-bottled Poca Terra wines is done by hand, from the grape harvest, to pressing the grapes in that handed-down wooden press, to bottling and labeling.  Our dry reserve is aged in Kentucky white oak barrels. Poca Terra wines are truly a taste of Kentucky!

Our Vision

For many years, Poca Terra has served as our refuge from the stresses of busy jobs.  We look forward to sharing the calming ambiance of our home and farm, along with our very special wines, with old friends and new friends alike.   Our vision is to convert our 1890-era stock barn into a tasting-room and event center which will serve as the backdrop for monthly events.  We currently anticipate the opening of our tasting room for Spring 2022.

In the meantime, we offer Private Tastings, by appointment, on Fridays and Saturdays, 11am-7pm, outdoors in a location that takes advantage of current weather conditions.  While we do try to accommodate walk-in guests, we appreciate a call ahead so we can ensure a personalized and memorable experience.

We are also able to complete sales transactions over the phone or online and arrange for “curb-side” pickup or UPS shipping. Open up a bottle of Poca Terra wine and let it play center stage to your private wine-tasting party, happy-hour, or just special night-in in the quiet sanctuary of your own home.  It’s delicious on the patio under the stars or snuggled up in front of a cozy fire.

Come taste Kentucky!

OUR WINES

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$25

Per Bottle

2018 Chambourcin Dry Red

This elegant dry red boasts smooth tannins balanced with mouth-watering acidity. Complex flavors of plum, strawberry, blackberry, black cherry, black pepper and fennel. Great on its own, this food-loving wine will enhance your enjoyment of richer cuisines such as grilled steaks and pork chops, roasted red meats, and Italian dishes. Serve at room temperature. Drink now or age for up to 10 years.
Only 675 bottles produced.
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$25

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$20

Per Bottle

2020 Chambourcin Sweet Rosé –

SOLD OUT!

Bright and fruity, with just a hint of sweetness. Enjoy on its own or pair with lighter cuisines such as fish, chicken, pork, or BBQ. Serve this “glass of happiness” slightly chilled.
Only 100 bottles produced.
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$20

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2020 Chambourcin Dry Rosé

Crisp, fruity, dry rosé with steely-clean hints of strawberry, raspberry and currant. Delightful on its own, this brilliant rosé also pairs well with fish, chicken, pork, and BBQ. Serve slightly chilled.
Only 100 bottles produced.
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$20

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$20

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2020 Chambourcin Oaked Rosé

Aging on oak lends complex flavors of vanilla and cola to this gorgeous, dry rosé. Winemaker John calls this creation a “pink chardonnay” and claims it as his favorite rosé. Serve slightly chilled on its own or paired with fish, chicken, pork, or BBQ.
Only 125 bottles produced.
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Poca Terra | Sweet White Wine

$15

Per Bottle

Sweet White Wine

Bright, fruity, and crisp, this delightful wine is best served chilled. Pairs well with fish, chicken, pork, and salads. Relax and enjoy a chilled glass of sweet nectar.
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2020 Tawny Owl™

Tawny Owl™ is a proprietary blend of estate wine, fine brandy and honey. Aged in oak barrels to produce the signature taste of the owl spirit – wisdom, dignity, self-confidence. Balanced depth of flavors with a smooth finish. Serve neat or on the rocks.
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GIFT OPTIONS

Make Someone Feel Special

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Gift Baskets

Delight friends and family with this unique gift basket packed with everything needed to savor a true taste of Kentucky. Choose from either our signature estate-bottled Chambourcin dry red or Sweet White wine, paired with two Poca Terra Winery glasses, sommelier’s corkscrew, and elegant bottle stopper. Our hand-selected baskets/crates may vary from that shown.

$65 – $75

 

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Vineyard-In-A-Bottle

Unique gift for yourself or fellow wine lover, this wine bottle is packed with grape seeds collected during the early stages of our Poca Terra winemaking process when the crushed grapes are pressed to separate the young juices from their skins and seeds. Though we certainly do not recommend it, each bottle contains enough seeds to plant a vineyard of 20 acres. Set this decorative bottle on a shelf where it will conjure dreams of owning your own little piece of winery heaven.

$30

 

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eGift Card

Give a special gift that is sure to please, a gift card for Poca Terra wines or merchandise.  Lucky recipients can use your gift for online or on-site purchases.  Encourage local friends and family to make an appointment for a complementary, on-site Wine Tasting Event and you will be treating them, not only to our fabulous true-Kentucky wines, but to a unique, memory-making experience at Poca Terra Winery.

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OUR EVENTS

Come See Us

 Private Wine Tasting Event

$5 per person – Friday & Saturday, 11am-7pm.

Reservations highly recommended.

PLEASE NOTE: We will close early on Friday, September 17 and will be CLOSED for Tastings all day Saturday, September 18. 

Come meet the winemakers, enjoy a private tasting, and take a walk through the vineyard (it changes every day!).  Here is what to expect:
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Private tastings are by appointment.  We do try to accommodate  our “walk-in” guests, but a reservation will help us ensure your personalized, one-of-a-kind, memorable experience.  Seating is limited.
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Tastings take place outdoors, so dress appropriately
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Includes up to 6 one-ounce pours of our Poca Terra wines
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Plan to spend about an hour with us in this fun and informative event specially curated around your interests  –  learn about the rich history of the winery, the making of our boutique wines, and the art of wine tasting
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OPEN:  Friday and Saturday,  11 am – 7pm

PLEASE NOTE:  Special Hours

     Friday, September 17 –  11:00am – 4:00pm

     Saturday, September 18 – CLOSED all day for a Special Event (reservation only, see below)

Please, call ahead to make an appointment for a private tasting!   Bring your own picnic and stay to relax and enjoy the quiet atmosphere of the vineyard.

Poca Terra Release Party

Exact Date:

To Be Determined

 

We look forward to the “reveal” of our soon-to-be bottled 2019 dry red Chambourcin and three varieties of Chambourcin rosé.

From one great grape comes four great wines!

Come taste Kentucky!

Harvest Party

September 18, 2021

Want to be a part of this special experience? Attendance is by invitation only and a spot must be reserved ahead of time. Call if you would like to participate and to see if there are still spots available.

Harvest is fun!  Work, yes, but fun work.  This year’s grapes are gorgeous with big,  healthy clusters just waiting to be harvested and crushed. Harvest is a unique and memorable opportunity for friends and family to be active participants in the hands-on process of making our estate-bottled wines.

We will start early.  Arrive anytime between 7am-9am. We will finish by noon and celebrate with lunch and, of course, wine. The Harvest Party is a huge celebration of the vineyard’s productivity of this past growing season and a celebration of the next step in our grapes’ journey as they transition into wine.

 

Note that we will be CLOSED for tastings to the public on September 18.  Harvesters only on that special day!

CONTACT US

Have a Question?

633 Gatlin Road
Benton, KY 42025
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Appointment Only
Poca Terra’s winemakers look forward to hosting your small-group wine tasting in our winery by appointment.  Just contact us to set up a time for your private tour of the vineyard and winery and a sampling of our estate-bottled wines. Cheers!
– John and Karen Hlinka

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