may 28 - 31, 2015

julian van winkle


Julian Van Winkle

Julian P. Van Winkle, III, is the third generation Van Winkle to produce bourbon whiskey in Kentucky. His “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” consistently receives top marks and is arguably the most sought after in the country. He values quality above all and his adherence to his grandfather Pappy’s motto, “We make fine bourbon. At a profit if we can, at a loss if we must. But always, fine bourbon,” is unparalleled in the American beverage market. Production is increasing slightly, but Julian has joked that this is due in part “to try not to have quite so many people mad at him.”


Accolades & Publications

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