BY PATTI NICKELL CONTRIBUTING WRITERNOVEMBER 02, 2021 6:18 AM
Bourbon may have gotten to the commonwealth first, but wine was quick to follow. First Vineyard Winery in Jessamine County dates back to 1799, giving Kentucky bragging rights when it comes to where America’s first commercial vineyard was planted. Over the ensuing centuries, the state’s wine industry has lagged behind that of California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, New York and even neighboring Virginia.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t making strides, according to Tyler Madison, creative marketing manager at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “Our 2022 Guide lists 72 wineries in the commonwealth,” says Madison, adding that that figure includes two cideries (both in Lexington) and two meaderies (Crestwood and Knob Lick.)
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