DUBBED THE “CATHEDRAL OF BOURBON,” NEW WILD TURKEY® VISITOR CENTER WINS TOP HONOR FOR ARCHITECTURE
Design by Kentucky-based DeLeon and Primmer Architecture Workshop Artfully Marries
Modernity and Bourbon Heritage
LAWRENCEBURG, KY (JANUARY 22, 2015) – Wild Turkey® may stick to time-honored traditions when making Bourbon. However, when it came time to expand and modernize its visitor experience, the result was a modern marvel that caught the attention of the design and architecture world. Designed by Kentucky-based De Leon and Primmer Architecture Workshop, the new Visitor Center has added another accolade to its already impressive roster – the 2015 American Institute for Architecture Honor Award – one of the most prestigious awards in architecture today.
This is the latest in a long string of honors bestowed to brand owner Campari America and De Leon and Primmer. The Visitor Center has also earned the 2014 Kentucky AIA Honor Award, the 2014 Hospitality Design Award from Hospitality Design magazine, and the 2014 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum. Moreover, the building was selected to represent the “best in American architecture” by ARCHITECT magazine.
Appointed the architectural and spiritual home of the Wild Turkey Distillery, which has stood on Wild Turkey Hill for more than 100 years, the Visitor Center is a mecca for Bourbon lovers and Wild Turkey fans across the globe. As the only destination on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail offering full visibility and complete access to the art and science of making Bourbon, the distillery expects to welcome approximately 20 percent more guests in 2015 from the previous year.
With stunning views that inspire and delight, the structure features a mélange of natural wood materials, including Rough-cut Ash, Cypress, Douglas Fir, Yellow Pine and American White Oak, that seamlessly blends into its environment. As a clever nod to the brand’s beloved turkey icon, the exterior wood siding pattern was inspired by the display plumage of a wild turkey, while the vegetation surrounding the building is part of a wild turkey’s natural habitat. Massive glass windows peer down on the majestic Kentucky River, giving visitors a chance to drink in the Commonwealth’s spectacular beauty, while also sampling some of the world’s finest whiskies.
From portfolio tastings in the Angel’s Share room to the Wild Turkey Wall of Fame, guests can sip and savor Bourbon seven days a week while receiving a historical indoctrination into one of the oldest distillery operations in Kentucky. Exclusive keepsakes in the gift shop include recent, limited-edition products allowing visitors to bring a taste of Kentucky home with them wherever they may live. After perusing the gift shop and selecting some whiskey, guests frequently encounter living legend and Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, who keeps a black sharpie in his jacket pocket should the occasion arise to autograph a bottle or two. Jimmy’s son and distilling partner Eddie is often there as well to share some whiskey-related pearls of wisdom,
Guests of the Visitor Center also have a chance to spread their philanthropic wings, as Wild Turkey donates $1 from every Visitor Center ticket sold to its charity partner – The Boot Campaign (www.bootcampaign.com), a national non-profit dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of our active military by providing assistance for the challenges troops face when returning home.
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About Campari America
Campari America is a wholly owned subsidiary of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI – Bloomberg CPR IM). At the heart of Campari America are two legends in the American spirits industry. The first, Skyy Spirits, was founded in San Francisco back in 1992 by the entrepreneur who invented iconic SKYY Vodka. The second is the world-famous Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, where they have been making the world’s finest whiskies since the 1800’s. Both companies were purchased by Davide Campari-Milano and together they form Campari America, which has built a portfolio unrivaled in its quality, innovation and style, making it a top choice
among distributors, retailers and consumers. Campari America manages Gruppo Campari’s portfolio in the US with such leading brands as SKYY® Vodka, SKYY Infusions®, Campari®, Aperol®, Wild Turkey® Straight Kentucky Bourbon, American Honey®, Russell’s Reserve®, Glen Grant® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Cabo Wabo® Tequila, Espolón® Tequila, Appleton® Estate Rum, Wray & Nephew® Rum, Coruba® Rum, Ouzo 12®, X-Rated® Fusion Liqueur®, Frangelico®, Cynar®, Carolans Irish Cream®, Irish Mist® Liqueur, Sagatiba® Cachaça and Jean-Marc XO Vodka®. Campari America is also the exclusive US distributor of Bulldog® Gin, Bowmore® Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Auchentoshan® Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Glen Garioch® Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky, McClelland’s® Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Flor de Caña® Rum, Midori® Melon Liqueur, Hibiki® Whisky, Hakushu® Single Malt Whisky, and The Yamazaki® Single Malt Whisky.
Campari America is headquartered in San Francisco, California. More information on the company can be found at www.campariamerica.com, www.facebook.com/campariamerica, Twitter: @CampariAmerica and www.camparigroup.com. Please enjoy Campari America brands responsibly and in moderation.