Lovers Leap Vineyards & Winery is under new management after the Leet family sold the Anderson County business to an Ohio family.
The winery's name will stay the same, but the new owners, the Sivinski family, have some changes planned as they seek to expand the company's sales.
"We really want to emphasize getting out and spreading the brand name outside the state," said managing member Brian Sivinski. His family bought into the winery in 2010, when Sivinski also became sales director at the winery and helped it begin selling wine in Ohio. Sivinksi's goal is to see Lovers Leap wines sold in all of Kentucky's neighboring states.
To that end, a Virginia consulting group will be visiting the winery this weekend.
"Virginia is about 20 years ahead of Kentucky on winemaking," Sivinski said. "They've been where we are right now.
"Kentucky is not really known for producing a lot of high-end, quality wines, but we have the ability to do above and beyond what a lot of folks think we can do."
Sivinski said the winery will also look to be more judicious about on-site events.
"We want to more or less pick and choose the events we do," he said. "The public is always welcome out here, but we're not going to have bands out here every weekend.
"That's not really cost-effective for the company," he said.
Remodeling has temporarily closed the winery's tasting room, but Sivinski expects it to be back up and running in early to mid-March.
"We're doing some cleaning and facelifts to the property," he said.
The change in ownership isn't the first for the winery, which was started in 1994 by Ann and Jerry Holder. The Leets bought it a few years ago after the winery went on the market in 2008.
The winery became a family operation of sorts because the employees included married co-owners Logan and Pam, as well as other relatives.
"There were some changes in our personal lives that kind of necessitate us slowing down our pace a little bit," Logan Leet said in explaining the sale. "The wine business for us was pretty much 24/7, and it wasn't really conducive to some situations we have right now."
Leet declined to disclose the sales price.
He said Pam would probably focus more on her advertising agency, TwoCan Marketing Group in Lexington, while he looks into other areas, including real estate. But he noted that the wine industry remains important to them.
"We hope to stay involved at some level with the industry," he said, adding his thanks to the family's customers over the years.
"We appreciated the phenomenal reception we've had, particularly in Kentucky with people buying local," he said. "We hope that things can continue at least that well with the new owners."