Kentucky grapes, wineries building momentum

Homegrown grapes and small wineries are returning to Kentucky,and bringing back a tradition that made the Bluegrass State the country's third largest grape- and wine-producing state before Prohibition.

In 1998, there were only 40 acres of wine grapes in commercial vineyards in Kentucky, but The Kentucky Enquirer reports that today more than 113 grape producers are growing 583 acres of grapes.

There are also 60 small farm wineries in the commonwealth.

Dennis Walter, president of the Northern Kentucky Vintners and Grape Growers Association, said he wants to see the Kentucky State Fair become a showcase for the commonwealth's wines and market them to visitors.

--- Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer

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