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In 1798 Jean-Jacques Dufour was sent to the new world by the Marquis de Lafayette to find land that would support his interest in viticulture. Upon arriving in central Kentucky he met several distinguished businessmen, including Henry Clay, who agreed to help finance his proposal. Dufour followed advice from Thomas Jefferson who suggested he look in central Kentucky for land and bought 600 acres on the Kentucky River just outside Lexington. The same year Dufour established the Kentucky Vineyard Society and built America’s first commercial winery – five years later he presented his first vintage to the public.
Since then Kentucky vineyards have survived several agricultural disasters, the Civil War, and Prohibition to grow into a main branch of Kentucky Agritourism.
The following is a list of vineyards and wineries around the Lexington area.
Bluegress Regional Vineyards
Located in Nicholasville, 18 miles south of Lyndon House, in the rolling hills of Hickman Creek Valley and a few miles from America’s first commercial vineyard, their wine-master makes wine from 100% Kentucky grown grapes.
Equus Run Vineyard is working the rich fertile Bluegrass soil to produce a fine Kentucky vintage. It is located in Midway, Kentucky (13 miles south of us).
Located in Winchester, Kentucky, this vineyard is truly a family affair — they love the land, and they love working it and making it productive. Harness Edwards is 18 miles southeast of Lyndon House.
Located in Fayette County (12 miles south of us), the fine products of the Jean Farris Winery are a culmination of education, tradition and love for the vine.
Talon’s five-acre vineyards sits on 300 acres of rolling historic Fair View farm, just outside Lexington and 12 miles south of Lyndon House.
The name Wildside is reflective of the beautiful wild flowers that grow in the farmland’s rich soil. Located in Versailles, 17 miles east of us.
The First Vineyard is a restoration of the historic Dufour Vineyard and Winery – the birthplace of the American wine industry. It is 26 miles south of Lyndon House.