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

  • 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

  • Lovers Leap Vineyard & Winery

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Smith-Berry Winery American Burley NV


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    Wine review by rhill2990

  • Rain Organic Vodka NV


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    Wine review by WineDine789

  • Booker's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey


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    Wine review by Matt Smith

  • Maker's Mark Bourbon 2011


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    Wine review by rachelowitz

  • Smith-Berry Winery Vidal Blanc NV


    This is a nice delicate white wine. The winery calls it a semi-sweet wine. It is a nice clear crisp wine. I paired it with a linguini with basil pesto and a basil pesto sausage. I think the food kind of overpowered the wine somewhat. Consumed on its own it has a nice effervescence. Very nice. Read More

    Wine review by rhill2990

  • I recently visited two wineries on a trip through Kentucky and into Indiana. Over the weekend my wife and I stayed at a nice B and B in the Ohio River Valley in Southern Indiana. We stayed at the Leavenworth Inn which is on a bluff overlooking a horseshoe bend in the Ohio River. This is a very nicely restored Inn originally built in the 1850'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Indiana and Kentucky Wineries

  • Equus Run Vineyard Rosé Blend Bacchus Blush 2008


    This is a semi-sweet rose made mostly from Riesling and Vidal Blanc grapes, although there is a minimal amount of Concord and Merlot grapes added to give the Blush its medium salmon color. On the nose, a perfumey, floral aroma dominated, although it was followed quickly by ripe pear and strawberry, pink grapefruit, lime, and a hint of burnt suga... Read More

    Wine review by Alleigh

  • Maker's Mark Bourbon 2011


    If you are getting into bourbon, this is where to start. Read More

    Wine review by wlstiles3

  • Jim Beam Bourbon Kentucky NV


    I like my alcohol in two flavors, red wine and bourbon. Jim Beam IMO is the standard for bourbon, nice toasted caramels, toasty oak, smooth. Read More

    Wine review by wlstiles3

  • Pier sixty, Chelsea Piers, 23rd st on the Hudson riverVIP Ticket - $129 VIP ... the whisky from Scotland to Kentucky, mingle with the producers and distillers, independent bottlers and brand ambassadors and meet the stars of the industry! You will witness the Bourbon v Scotch Challenge on stage hosted by Whisky Magazine and to add to the terri... Read More

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