Kentucky wine

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Wine region
Map of USA KY.svg
Official name Commonwealth of Kentucky
Type U.S. state
Year established 1792
Country USA
Sub-regions Ohio River Valley AVA
Total area 40,444 square miles (104,749 km2)
Grapes produced Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carlos, Catawba, Cayuga, Chambourcin, Chardonel, Chardonnay, Concord, De Chaunac, Marechal Foch, Merlot, Munson, Niagara, Norton, Riesling, Seyval blanc, Traminette, Vidal blanc[1]
No. of wineries 57[citation needed]

Kentucky wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in the U.S. state of Kentucky. About 45 wineries operate commercially in Kentucky, with most recent plantings focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc.[1] Kentucky produced over two million gallons of wine in 2011.


One of the first attempts at large-scale commercial viticulture in the United States started in Kentucky in 1799, with plantings by the Kentucky Vineyard Society. The relatively mild climate of Kentucky, especially in the Ohio River Valley, made Kentucky an attractive place for early American winemaking. By the mid-19th century, Kentucky was the third largest wine-producing state in the country. Prohibition in the United States destroyed the wine industry in Kentucky, and the state took a long time to recover after Repeal.

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  1. ^ a b Appellation America (2007). "Kentucky: Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 16, 2007.