The Bluegrass State Will Welcome Innovative Urban Winery Concept,

Where Wine Enthusiasts and Novices Alike Can Enjoy Expansive Wine Selection with Food Pairings


ELIZABETHTOWN, KY – (September 1, 2020) – Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Etown, Elizabethtown’s highly anticipated new urban winery and neighborhood eatery, today announced it will officially open its doors this month. Led by father-daughter team Charlie and Tiana Watkins, the indoor/outdoor micro-winery will feature an extensive wine menu with dozens of New and Old World wines, an eclectic food-pairing menu, private event packages and more. 

Following a sold out grand opening event slated for Friday, September 11, the new winery has extended the weekend’s grand opening celebrations and is currently accepting dinner reservations for Saturday, September 12 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Normal hours of operation will begin on Monday, September 14. 

“We are beyond thrilled to open our doors as we welcome the Elizabethtown community to enjoy a unique winery experience unlike any other,” said Charlie Watkins. “We are excited to recreate the winemaking and tasting experience for this area while contributing to our community’s wine and culture scene. We believe our new location will serve as an ideal date night spot or small group hangout for friends, and we can’t wait to welcome in our neighbors!”      

All wines are crafted in-house and feature classic selections, as well as lesser-known grape varietals grown in further-reaching vineyards of Italy, France, and New Zealand, along with more local varietals from California and Washington. Highlights among the venue’s selection of reds will be “The Mammoth,” a medium-bodied Merlot from France’s Burgundy region, as well as the “Koori,” an Italian Barbera that is approachable and food-friendly, with notes of cherry, cranberry, nutmeg and anise. A well-rounded white wine list will include options such as the “Crazy Cats,” a full-bodied chardonnay blend from California and the “Rolling Thunder” with inviting passionfruit, cut grass, and grapefruit aromas that carry through to the palate of this crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Perfect for to celebrate the end of summer, Waters Edge Winery of Elizabethtown will also offer a variety of Sangrias, including the “Flying Cardinal,” an intensely flavorful beverage reminiscent of a freshly cut green apple. The pleasant soft acidity and luscious, fruit aroma of this crisp refresher will lead nicely into the warm fall days on the horizon. Wine flights featuring five different pours will be available, as well. 

To accompany its extensive wine and beverage menus, food offerings will include a selection of globally inspired appetizers, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, and desserts. Expected highlights are the “Fried Ravioli” with roasted vegetables and a special dipping sauce, oven-baked “Cauliflower Wings,” and the “Prosciutto & Fig” flatbread with Blue cheese crumbles, arugula, and Balsamic drizzle. The menu also features gourmet charcuterie and cheese boards. 

A military veteran with an impressive 20-plus-year career, co-owner Charlie Watkins was interested in operating a franchise concept that would bring an unforgettable experience to the city and allow him to pursue his passion for winemaking. His daughter, Tiana, will manage the day-to-day operations for the micro-winery, overseeing customer service, marketing initiatives and F&B management. 

“I am excited to provide our town with a central meeting place that offers the opportunity to unite over a common love of wine and winemaking,” Charlie said. “Over the years, I’ve developed a true love for semi-sweet wines and knew that with the help of my daughter, we could bring something special to our community. I’m looking forward to treating guests to a relaxing atmosphere with high-quality, locally crafted wines.” 

To attend Saturday’s event, make reservations online here. Please note that spaces are limited. 

Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Etown is located at 114 S. Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown, KY. Hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The winery is closed Sundays except for private events. 

The location is now offering wine club memberships ( 

For more information, visit or contact (270) 737-9463. Follow on Instagram at @wew_etown or on Facebook.    

About Waters Edge Winery & Bistro

Located in Elizabethtown, KY, Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Etown is an urban winery offering dozens of different wine selections, an eclectic food menu and elevated wine tasting experiences unique to the area. Led by father-daughter team, Charlie and Tiana Watkins, the winery also offers customized labeling, an exclusive wine club which allows enthusiasts and novices alike to expand their expertise, and more. 

Waters Edge Winery & Bistro of Etown is an independently owned and operated franchise location of Waters Edge Wineries, a California-based innovative urban winery system bringing the cultural experience of wine to communities across the country. The winery follows the emerging franchise’s innovative approach to making wine production accessible to those in urban areas, while also unveiling the franchise’s brand-new design concept which will be rolled out to new stores across the United States. 

About Waters Edge Wineries®

California-based Waters Edge Wineries is an innovative urban winery system bringing the cultural experience of wine to communities across the country. Each Waters Edge Winery & Bistro location combines the very best of a winery and wine bar in one versatile model that can be located anywhere, regardless of topography or agricultural factors. Founded in 2004 by husband and wife team Ken and Angela Lineberger, Waters Edge Wineries currently operates 11 Waters Edge Winery & Bistro locations in California, Colorado, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas.  The company caters to entrepreneurs who are seeking a fun, exciting career where they can share their passion for wine while creating memorable guest experiences. 

For more information on Waters Edge Wineries® or for franchising information, contact 909-GOT-WINE, visit or email [email protected]. 


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