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The state in the southeast of the USA with the capital Frankfort is in American viticulture today only of historical importance. In 1799 in Jessamine County near Lexington was immigrated by the Swiss wine pioneer Jean Jacques Dufour (1763-1827) on a bend of the Kentucky River a vineyard with 35 different varieties created. Among other things, he used the historic hybrid Alexander, This winery is considered the first commercially owned wine growing operation in the United States. Until 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 Kentucky is classified with the three states Indiana. Ohio and West Virginia Splits. There are about ten production companies, the center of viticulture is located around Louisville. Well-known wineries include Broad Run Vineyards, Chrisman Mill Vineyards and Winery (in Lexington - 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 variety named after the state; see below Kentucky,

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