Kentucky Wine


The Kentucky wine industry began in 1798 when Jean-Jacques Dufour, winemaker for the Marquis de Lafayette, met Senator Henry Clay in Lexington. Dufour received backing from various statesmen, including Clay, and bought 600 acres on the Ohio River to plant grapes. He eventually formed the Kentucky Vineyard Society. The state wine industry managed to survive vine diseases and Civil War destruction, but was finally leveled with the Prohibition. Legislation wasn’t passed to resume viticulture till 1976, and funds from tobacco settlements have inspired farmers to pursue planting wine grapes for profit. The wine industry continues to grow, as does its wine tourism industry.
But Kentucky is more famous for its whiskey. A simplified version of the Bourbon story: In the early 1790s, George Washington and then Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson offered settlers 60 acres of land if they grew native corn in Kentucky, which was then part of Virginia. Rye whiskey was the popular native distillate Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Kentucky View all

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chambourcin

    Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Va...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

Popular Wineries in Kentucky View all

  • Wildside Vines

    Welcome to Wildside Winery your winery near Lexington Kentucky, the airport, and Keenland racetra...

  • Smith-Berry Winery

    This winery is an out of the way gem for those traveling through Kentucky. The winery is a famil...

  • Jean Farris Winery

    They say behind every winery, lives a great story. The Jean Farris “great” story began in August ...

  • Talon Winery

    Talon Winery is located on 300 beautiful acres in Southern Fayette County in Lexington, KY. Our H...

  • Broad Run Vineyards

    Broad Run Vineyards has followed the classic journey of Old World family wineries. We have plante...

  • Chrisman Mill Vineyards,Inc.

    Welcome to Chrisman Mill Vineyards! Tucked away in the rolling hills of the bluegrass, Chrisman M...

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Kentucky on Snooth

  • Welcome to Snooth Heather and welcome to Kentucky. Your not going to find many of the wines your used to drinking in California in Kentucky. As you have found out you can't have them shipped to you either. My best suggestions are to visit the Liquor Barn stores in Louisville and Lexington, Costco stores in  Louisville and Lexington, and the Jung... Read More

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  • Ifrom Calif and have moved to hard to find good wine here most are sweet, them there only 3 distriduters that regulate what we get and it s always $2 to $6 nore. also there are drt, moist and wet countys so most people omly drink beer and sad cuz most winerys won't ship here restrerictions. unless you drive isome in. ... Read More

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  • Well I will say that the mid south is one of the prettiest regions in the ... ... ... through to Tennessee and Kentucky, it's really marvelous.In the same way, the northeast is one of the most spectacular regions in the fall. The colors are magnificent and there's a sense of melancholy because you know that in a few weeks it's going to be hell... Read More

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  • Have had it several times before. Personally I'm not a big fan of ... ... whiskeys from Tennessee and Kentucky.Yamazaki has been around for years in Japan, which after WWII became something of a whisky drinking country for salaried employees unwinding after long workdays with something other than Sake or beer (though that has changed over the ... Read More

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  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whisky NV


    Better value than makers. Smooth. Read More

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  • "Thanks for posting the Produttori's...was thinking about those ... a ... a good year). Free beer and Kentucky whiskey (Suntory was sponsoring the event). Decided to walk home with one of my coworkers, ran into an old friend who has maitre d'd and somm'd a few of the better French restaurants in Tokyo. He was just closing up shop at his curren... Read More

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  • Oh, and DMCKER -- Sorry, but Tradewater is nothing so romantic. ... ( by ... ... ( by canoe!! ) river in Kentucky, that happens to form a boundary of the family farm.  It's easy for me to remember -- wine-slain brain cells and all...&nbs Read More

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  • Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon Family Reserve 20 Year Pappy Van Win


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  • Old Crow Bourbon NV


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  • Bulleit Rye American Whiskey NV


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  • Friend is having a Kentucky Derby inspire bridal shower.. looking for a recommended great tasting wine from KY to get as a gift. Any recommendations?

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