URBAN BOURBON TOUR

Experience Louisville in Luxury.

Hosted by Buffalo Bills Legend

Eric Wood

Spring 2023 (Dates TBD)

Reservations coming soon!

5 Star Bourbon Experience with an NFL Legend

Join Louisville resident and Buffalo Bill legend Eric Wood on a private insider tour, discovering the heritage of America’s only native spirit, the almighty Bourbon! With its magnificent horse farms and world famous whiskey, Louisville and its extraordinary landscape of gently rolling bluegrass hills, plays host to this ‘only of its kind’ experience, offering unprecedented access to an NFL legend and unique tours of the the most celebrated distilleries on the planet.

Meet Your Host & Buffalo Bills Legend

Meet The Legend

Eric Wood

Eric Wood is a former center for the Buffalo Bills and nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award two years in a row, in 2015 and 2016. Eric played for nine years with the Bills, until a dangerous neck injury forced him to withdraw from professional football in 2018.

Always loving a challenge, Eric has since approached his post-football career transition with enthusiasm, bringing his wisdom of years of experience on the field to broadcast media and public speaking. He currently engages with fans as a color commentator for the Buffalo Bills Radio Network.

For an up close and personal perspective into his career transition, Eric hosts a podcast, What’s Next With Eric Wood, with a new guest interview every episode.

In 2014, Eric formed the Eric Wood Fund, inspired by his brother Evan Wood, who passed away from complications stemming from cerebral palsy as a child. The Eric Wood Fund helps provide chronically ill children and their families with care, support, resources, and encouragement to keep them going.

He played 49 consecutive starts as the center for the Louisville Cardinals, the second longest in Louisville’s history—all while being a star student. From there, it was straight to the NFL, where he was drafted in the first round in 2009.

Host Hotel

The Omni Louisville

Reflecting the past, present and future of our vibrant Kentucky town, the Omni Louisville Hotel is the new cornerstone of downtown.

The hotel’s location in downtown Louisville allows you to easily make your way to Main Street and indulge in Louisville’s bourbon culture at many popular distilleries. Blending our historic surroundings with modern comforts, Omni Louisville Hotel reflects the essence of the city and invites you into an unforgettable stay.

Host Destination

Louisville, Kentucky

Known as Bourbon City, Louisville a is a vibrant city that combines heritage with innovation, authenticity with originality, quirkiness with friendliness in a way that’s completely unique to the region, it’s an entirely different type of Southern.

With a booming bourbon renaissance, iconic attractions, world-class hotels & venues and a renowned culinary scene, Louisville is an experience like no other city.

From its early days on the frontier, it quickly grew to be a major trading and distribution center in the mid 19th century, important industrial city in the early 20th, declined in the mid 20th century, before revitalizing in the late 20th century as a culturally-focused true blue American city. This classic American destination in Bluegrass country is home to some of the country’s best chefs, musicians & artists, while earning its reputation for being one of the best places to visit in the USA.

Though he spent his NFL career in Buffalo, Eric Wood is a native of Louisville and looks forward to showing you around his hometown on this one of a kind tour through Legends Abroad.

Itinerary

Day 1 – MEET & GREET RECEPTION

Arrive in Louisville in time for dinner. Check-in to The Omni Louisville.

Meet and Greet Welcome cocktail reception in Pin & Proof, discover the secret door of the speakeasy where you will enter a bygone era featuring classic cocktails and four professional bowling lanes.

Followed with a private four course, bourbon pairing dinner hosted by Eric Wood in the private room at the Bob’s Steak and Chophouse, Louisville’s premier riverfront dining destination.

Day 2 – STITZEL-WELLER MJ EXCLUSIVE RESERVE / BUFFALO TRACE / THREE BOYS FARM / EVAN WILLIAMS

Breakfast at the hotel and depart for a full day bourbon experience with exclusive, private tours.

Our first stop is the historic Stitzel-Weller MJ Exclusive Reserve where we will learn about the past, present and future of bourbon. It’s a distillery drenched in the rich history of Bourbon’s past that’s pushing the boundaries with innovations for the future. Walk in the footsteps of bourbon legends, as you step into an active barrel house, cooper shop and micro still-house. Your journey ends with a tasting of Bulleit Bourbon, Bulleit 10-year-old, I.W. Harper NAS and Blade & Bow.

Private BBQ Lunch onsite Buffalo Trace with tour and tastings. Throughout the challenges of floods, fires, tornadoes and even Prohibition, the American family-owned distillery has never compromised. Buffalo Trace, like all bourbon distilleries, carefully guards its unique mash bill–its secret combination of corn, rye, and malted barley. In addition to its flagship bourbon, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, the distillery produces other finely crafted bourbons including Blanton’s, W.L. Weller, Old Charter, and Eagle Rare. A variety of bourbon tours cover the history of the distillery (there has been a working distillery on the grounds since 1787) and differences between whiskey and bourbon. You’ll get to visit the hand bottling hall and a century-old aging warehouse.

Afternoon tour and tastings at Three Boys Farm Barrel Tasting, one of few places where you can pull whiskey straight from the barrel and take it home. Interaction with the distiller and a variety of bourbon, whiskey and moonshine make Three Boys Farm an interesting addition to your day in Bourbon Country.

Dinner at Evan Williams Experience Speakeasy. We will enter through a safe door and step back in time to the Age of Prohibition. This “hidden” venue isn’t very secret—but it will have everyone talking for sure.

Day 3 – BARDSTOWN BOURBON / HISTORIC HARRISON SMITH HOUSE / MAKER’S MARK / DINNER @ THE FAT LAMB

Morning workout with Eric Wood in the hotel gym (optional) and breakfast.

Depart for the “Exclusive Mad Scientist Blending Experience” at Bardstown Bourbon, one of the country’s most modern and technically advanced whiskey distilleries. Celebrating the art of making high-quality, authentic whiskey, the innovative distillery produces custom rye, whiskey and bourbon for prominent brands including Jefferson’s, High West, Belle Meade, Hirsch and many others through its one-of-a-kind Collaborative Distilling Program. Bardstown Bourbon Company honors tradition and drives innovation with this exceptional destination experience.

Private Lunch at the Harrison Smith House, a historic home with a special menu created for the occasion reflecting the rich agricultural heritage of the bluegrass and incorporating traditional ingredients and recipes. Bourbon will of course be highlighted in cocktails and paired with food.

Breakfast at the hotel and on to the world-famous Maker’s Mark Compound for a Bourbon & Chocolate Tasting Experience. There’s not much sweeter than a bourbon and chocolate pairing. During this tasting experience, you will be tasting Maker’s Mark Cask Strength, an expression from our wood-finishing series (FAE-02), and a Private Selection picked by some of the Distillery team and meant to evoke notes of Toasted Marshmallow. Each bourbon will be thoughtfully paired with an artisan chocolate from ArtEatables.

Private dinner at The Fat Lamb, the small, open-kitchen concept serves upscale comfort food with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

Day 4 – WOODFORD RESERVE / MILL RIDGE HORSE FARM / FAREWELL DINNER @ BROOKLYN & THE BUTCHER

Breakfast at the hotel and on to Woodford Reserve, a premium small-batch bourbon. The tour covers the process from cooking the grains in limestone water to the distillation process in copper stills made in Scotland. You’ll also learn about the special barrels required for bourbon and see the warehouses.

Our next stop is the Mill Ridge Horse Farm, a full-service thoroughbred farm located in the heart of Central Kentucky for our first taste of this region’s pastime and then on to spend the afternoon at the races. Tradition, beauty and world-class Thoroughbreds make Keeneland racing a spectacle to behold. For more than eight decades, the best horses, owners, jockeys and trainers have converged at Keeneland each April to compete in “racing as it was meant to be.”

Farewell Dinner at Brooklyn & The Butcher

Day 5 – DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel and departure.

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