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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chambourcin

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

Popular Wineries in Kentucky View all

  • Jean Farris Winery

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

  • Smith-Berry Winery

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

  • Talon Winery

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

  • Equus Run Vineyards

    It all starts in the vineyards and Mother Nature. Our terroir (a vineyard specific term relating ...

  • 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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  • Hey, half of Brooklyn used to get their grapes brought in from CA and they made ... their own estate, bordering Kentucky. But they couldn't cut it. Too bad. I haven't had any from Illinois thoug Read More

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  • Sandra and I had a wonderful four thousand mile road trip in August to view the ... like to drink bourbon on the Kentucky Bourbon trail, go up into the St. Louis Arch, see Carhenge, the Devil's Tower, Sturgis, Mount Rushmore, Chicago's Field Museum, and the Phipps Conservatory / Botanical Gardens in Pittsburg.Yes, there was wine on this vacatio... Read More

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  • Very nice wines you guys.  I do keep an eye out for the 2012 vintages of ... priced.  I had a nice Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale beer while Sandra tried some type of frozen rose, then we followed that up with each of selecting a bourbon (see the arrows on the menu below).  We shared the chicken wings and I added a chicken sandwich while Sandra a... Read More

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  • Nice looking pizza, MJET. Calling Stephen! Any experience with the wines I ... ... RecapWichita State62FinalKentucky65Video Recap   Michigan State70FinalKansas90 Arkansas65FinalNorth Carolina72Video Recap   Rhode Island72FinalOregon75USC78FinalBaylor82   South Carolina42Live - H2 14:15Duke41Video HighlightsCincinnati24Live - H1 5:37UCLA19Video ... Read More

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  • How about Yarra Yering Stephen?Just heard some good things from a friend in the ... business, he's out of Kentucky.&nbs Read More

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  • DV, please don't get anyone on here talking about politics.  You can ... can ... or maybe a case of Kentucky Owl?  (Bonus points to anyone who can connect that link to the Forum, except for the Forum member who is the end point. No more than 3 degrees of separation allowed...) For all those old bottles with bad provenance, or which really are... Read More

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  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon Kentucky


    Another one from dinner at Savoy. Waitperson paired this with the Crab Cakes. Great Pairing. Had it Neat -the notes of Amber, Caramel, Honey, Leather, and Oak, were terrific with the Crab Cakes. Will have this by itself another time. Read More

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  • As I mentioned in various posts, I had a good time helping some friends plan ... roots to the brand back in Kentucky). I also got in to having Greyhounds after plenty of wine and sparkling had been consumed. As you may notice below, the couple chose to rent out a big estate in Indio. The front yard is pictured below, where the ceremony was hel... Read More

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  • On the white zens we have tried the yellow tail, barenger, Forrest creek, oak ... run vineyards out of midway Kentucky. The Equis run was by far the most unknown wine but ohh such a treat. I grew up in that area and when visiting family with my new found love for wine I just had to try. Was not disappointed. To be honest I can't remember the n... Read More

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  •  I was going to suggest that you go to the Halcon Vineyards, Myriad ... ...  However, I see that Kentucky does not allow consumers to accept deliveries from wineries.  So, unless you have friends or relatives who live across a convenient state border, that is not going to work for you.  No we can't ship wines into Kentucky. It is easier to fin... Read More

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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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