Beer is made by men, wine by God.
– Martin Luther
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!
We also produce other dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and fruit wines from purchased fruit. We strive to produce and offer a wine to delight every palate.
!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 2023.
Poca Terra is delighted to offer our guests a uniquely personal WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE. Held on Fridays and Saturdays, 12noon-7pm. Reservations appreciated. Please visit “Our Events” for details. $10 per person.
CLOSED July 1-4 — Happy Fourth of July!
Poca Terra Winery is OPEN for wine sales by the bottle or the case on Monday- Saturday. Sales transactions can be completed online, over the phone, or in person here at the winery. UPS shipping or convenient “curb-side” pickup available. We’re flexible on pick-up times, just call or text to make arrangements.
Select Poca Terra wines are also available at these locations:
Roof Brothers on Park Avenue in Paducah
Fox Briar Cocktail Lounge in Paducah
Kentucky Dam Liquors in Gilbertsville
Kentucky Dam Village State Park
Our boutique, one-of-a-kind wines make every event special!
Come taste Kentucky!
Make a Selection
2019 Chambourcin Reserve Dry Red — Estate-bottled
Grown on vines lovingly planted and hand-tended in western Kentucky and aged in Kentucky oak barrels, our limited Reserve brings you right into the vineyard, fully capturing the essence of Kentucky. Pair with richer cuisine including grilled steaks and pork chops, roasted red meats, and Italian dishes. Enjoy now or let it age for even more depth of flavors.
Only 600 bottles produced.
2018 Chambourcin Dry Red — Estate-bottled
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.
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bold and fruity with pops of black cherry and red currant evenly balanced by lush tannins with their rustic notes of black pepper and oregano. Perfect partner to rich grilled meats, peppery sauces, smoky BBQ, and dishes with high flavor.
2021 Chambourcin Dry Rosé — Estate-bottled
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, BBQ, and spicy foods. Serve slightly chilled.
Only 95 bottles produced.
2021 Chambourcin Oaked Rosé — Estate-bottled
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.
2021 Chambourcin Sweet Rosé –Estate-bottled
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.
American Goldfinch (Peach Blackberry)
Inspired by this intelligent and generous songbird, our perfect blend of peach and blackberry wines will brighten your day with its fresh, fruity delightfulness and easy-going style. Share over a tray of assorted deli meats, cheeses, crackers, nuts, and fresh fruits.
Inspired by this bold and faithful songbird, his brilliant red wing-patch prominently displayed as he shares his joy-filled song, this flavorful blend of blackberry and grape wines is delightful all on its own. Also pairs nicely with a platter of your favorite deli-style meats, cheeses, fresh fruits, nuts, and crackers.
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 refreshing sweet nectar.
2021 Black Raven™
Savor the beguiling spirit of our Black Raven™ as it warms your soul through its proprietary blend of premium wine, dark fruit wine, and fine brandy. Balanced symphony of rich flavors with a long, silken finish. 500ml bottle.
2020 Golden Eagle™
This proprietary blend of premium white grape wine, peach wine, and fine brandy embodies the stately dignity of the majestic Golden Eagle – regal, proud, self-assured. Relish at a leisurely pace as you live your own life to its absolute fullest.
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. 500 ml bottle.
Make Someone Feel Special
$65 – $75
Come See Us
“Relax and Re-Wine”
Summer Series at Poca Terra Winery
live music, food vendors & Great Wines!
Join us at Poca Terra Winery on select Saturday evenings throughout the summer to relax with live music by local talent while enjoying delicious food, available for purchase. And, of course, how can you properly re-wine without Poca Terra wine, sold by the bottle or the glass? Support our local talents as you sip and relax under the stars here at Poca Terra Winery.
No outside food or beverages allowed at these events. Seating is limited so we encourage our guests to bring a lawn chair or blanket. These are outdoor events so dress accordingly. Grab your friends and come on out – no reservations required for these events.
Mark these Saturday evening dates on your calendar:
|July 16, 2022 – 6-9pm||
Music: Melanie Davis
|August 20, 2022 – 6-9pm||
Music: Julia Watkins (electric violin)
“Sip back and relax” with us at Poca Terra Winery!
Wine Tasting Experience
CLOSED: JULY 1-4, 2022
We are proud to offer our Wine Tasting Experience, by appointment on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours are seasonal – summer hours open 12noon-7pm. While we make every attempt to accommodate walk-ins, reservations are strongly recommended and appreciated. Why make a reservation? – because we strive to make your Wine Tasting Experience as personalized as possible. These highly popular events generally last an hour and are a unique opportunity to sit down with the winemakers to share the history of the winery, the making of our wines, the art of wine tasting, and whatever else sparks your interest, all while sampling our truly special wines. Held outdoors beneath our magnificent oak trees or under the shelter of a heated, covered patio — so please dress appropriate for the weather. $10 per person.
Ask about our Charcuterie Kits — a seasonal selection of cheeses, salami, and crackers paired with an assortment of condiments selected to enhance your extended visit at the winery. Enough to generously serve 6-8 guests.
Can’t wait for the weekend? We can sell wine by the bottle or the case. Place your order online, over the phone, or in person here at the winery. Just call to arrange a convenient time for pick-up. We also deliver via UPS. Don’t know which wine to order? No problem – give us a call and we can talk you through our wine offerings to match to your personal taste. We have something for everyone at Poca Terra Winery.
PLEASE NOTE that we will be CLOSED JULY 1-4, 2022. Happy Fourth of July!
Tasting Room Barn Renovation
Anticipated GRAND OPENING Spring 2023
We are blessed with an 1890’s era stock barn at our farm, complete with a pretty little pond, which we are currently renovating into what we envision as a incredibly beautiful, rustically charming Tasting Room and Event Center. John is putting his carpentry skills to work! We are excited about this transformation and the additional opportunities it will enable. Wine truly does bring people together. We look forward to bringing even more people together for private tastings, special events, and hosting weddings and other celebratory parties in our “new” Poca Terra Winery venue overlooking the vineyard.
Watch for our Grand Opening in 2023!
We love making wine and we are already looking forward to our 2022 Harvest, which will be sometime in September. The grapes dictate the exact date.
Our record-breaking 2021 Harvest was simply incredible. We had a bumper crop of huge, gorgeous, healthy clusters that were quickly crushed and settled into their fermentation tanks. A heartfelt THANKS to our outstanding 2021 Harvesting Crew!
Grape harvest and wine making are a time-honored, ancient tradition. We are delighted to offer our Poca Terra friends and family this unique and memorable opportunity to be active participants in this hands-on process of making our estate-bottled wines. The annual gathering of the grapes is followed by a delightful celebration of the vineyard’s efforts of the past growing season and a celebration of the next step of our grapes’ journey as they transition into our delicious, pure-Kentucky wines.
Want to be a part of this special experience next year? Attendance is by invitation only and the limited number of spots must be reserved ahead of time.
Have a Question?
Benton, KY 42025
Contact us to set up a time for your private Winetasting Experience with the Poca Terra winemakers. Includes a generous sampling of our estate-bottled wines. Cheers!
– John and Karen Hlinka