Julian Van Winkle

Frankfort, KY Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery

Julian P. Van Winkle III, is the third generation Van Winkles to produce bourbon whiskey in Kentucky. He joined his father, Julian, Jr., in 1977. At that time, Old Rip Van Winkle produced only two labels of their wheated bourbon whiskey. They were a 10-year 90 and 107 proof Old Rip Van Winkle. Since then Julian has added 12-year, 15-year, 20-year and 23-year bourbon labels to the Van Winkle selection of premium bourbon whiskeys. He has also added a 13-year premium rye whiskey to the whiskey portfolio. All of these whiskeys have received ratings in the 90’s by the Beverage Tasting Institute in Chicago, with the 20-year, “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” receiving a 99 rating.

In January of 2009, Julian was honored to be nominated as a Fellow at the Southern Foodways Alliance annual fundraiser at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN. Next January, at the same fundraising event, he will be inducted as a new member into the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs.


Accolades & Publications

  • James Beard Foundation – Outstanding Wine & Spirits (2011), semi-finalist (2009, 2010)
  • Southern Foodways Alliance – Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs inductee (2010)