The winery at Harkness Edwards Vineyards burned down overnight. The family says they didn’t just lose a winery. It’s almost like they lost part of their soul.
A 400-year-old table lies somewhere in the rubble.
"I don’t even know where my father found it," said Nini Edwards, Harkness’ daughter.
This was not what the Edwards family had in mind. No glasses are clinking. The only glass is charred. The only sound is silence. When you lose so much, sometimes it’s hard to say anything.
"Our wine was so good, and it was winning awards, and he was doing such an amazing job really building our product, and we were just starting to say OK now it’s time to really get out feet on the ground with an events center, and things like that," said Nini Edwards.
She grew up there with her parents. It was a tobacco farm turned winery.
Then it went up in flames.
The Clark County Fire Chief says lighting probably started the fire. The flames consumed all the wine, leaving every bottle empty.
"Non-replaceable," said Edwards.
In minutes, she says the fire destroyed what took more than a decade to build.
"I’m probably biased, but I do believe it was the most beautiful winery in Kentucky. My father worked really hard to make sure it was perfection," said Edwards.
She says her dad wanted to transform the area into the Napa Valley of Kentucky. Sure, he made wine, but he also made art.
"The way that my father combined those two things together was brilliant. He was an artist that made his masterpiece, and it was all gone in a matter of minutes," said Edwards.
To lose it all? That’s tough to swallow, but Nini says her family will go on. Like any artist, she says her dad’s already looking at a fresh canvas.
"It’s not over," said Edwards.