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The state in the southeast of the United States with the capital Frankfort is now only of historical importance in American viticulture. In 1799, the immigrant Swiss wine pioneer Jean Jacques in Jessamine County near Lexington Dufour (1763-1827) planted a vineyard with 35 different varieties on a loop of the Kentucky River. Among other things, he used the historical hybrid Alexander, This winery is considered the first commercially operated winegrowing company in the United States. Up to the American prohibition (1920-1933) Kentucky was still the third largest wine producer in the United States.

As the only one AVA is Ohio River Valley classified Kentucky with the three states Indiana. Ohio and West Virginia Splits. There are around ten production plants, the center of the viticulture is around Louisville. Well-known wineries are Broad Run Vineyards, Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery (in Lexington - is the successor to the historic Dufour winery), Highland Winery, Lovers Leap Vineyard & Winery, Stovers Family Vineyard, Springhill Vineyards and Winery and Rolling Hills Winery. There is also a grape named after the state; see below Kentucky,

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