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Winery and brewery joining forces in downtown Louisville

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Old 502 and Falls City will be investing $1 million into this renovation project. Old 502 and Falls City will be investing $1 million into this renovation project.
Riverbend Winery was re-branded as Old 502 Winery Riverbend Winery was re-branded as Old 502 Winery
Falls City will move from their current location on Barret Avenue to the more than 3,500 square foot complex where both the wine and beer will be produced. Falls City will move from their current location on Barret Avenue to the more than 3,500 square foot complex where both the wine and beer will be produced.
Chris Casconi Chris Casconi
Cathy Shannon Cathy Shannon

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Two distinctive Louisville brands, one old and one new, are partnering up for a one of the kind craft beer and wine destination.

Old 502 Winery and Falls City Brewing Company are merging.

You may remember Riverbend Winery. The restaurant and winery was located at 120 South 10th Street for nearly 10 years before it was re-branded as Old 502 Winery about two years ago. Since then the owners were strictly focusing on wine making and now they are making room for a new beverage and partner.

"It's distinctly Louisville," said Director of Sales Chris Casconi. "The way we figured Falls City, is one of Louisville's oldest recognizable brands. Old 502 is one of Louisville's newest recognizable brands and we thought merging the two together would just be a great fit."

Falls City will move from their current location on Barret Avenue to the more than 3,500 square foot complex where both the wine and beer will be produced. 

"What we try to do down here is draw tourists in from all over the region and give them one more place to go while they are enjoying all the great things to do in Louisville," said Casconi.

In the tasting room guests will be able to choose from any of the nine locally made wines or four different craft beers. 

"It's actually the first that we know of in Kentucky and even the region," said Casconi.

Next door at E&S Art Gallery and Custom Framing, Cathy Shannon has been showcasing African American fine Art for more than a decade. 

"From 2003 until this year, we've seen a lot of transformation in the area and we are looking forward to additional development because it is a good location," said Shannon.

She's pleased to see the expansion happening on 10th Street. "I am looking forward to the day when people don't get to 8th street and turn around and think there is nothing farther," said Shannon.

Casconi agrees hoping to make 10th street a spot to stop. 

"I think our goal for both the winery and the brewery is to create a regional destination," said Casconi.

Old 502 and Falls City will be investing $1 million into this renovation project. Both brands plan to expand their sales force.

For more information on Old 502 Winery, click here. For more information on Falls City Beer, click here.  

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