FRANKFORT, Ky. — A free app for Apple iOS and Google Android devices will help users locate and learn more about Kentucky wineries.
“The Kentucky Wine Trails app will provide all the information a traveler would need while they’re on the go,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “People can find a place to buy their favorite Kentucky wines or to enjoy a nice dinner or a concert. Wineries will get new business from customers who find them with the app. This is an amazing combination of an ancient art and cutting-edge technology.”
Users can sort through listings for 65 Kentucky wineries on the Kentucky Wine Trails app. At the touch of a button, users can go to the winery’s website, find a map to the winery, or get contact information. They can locate wineries by region and learn about the history of Kentucky’s wine industry.
With the app, users can sign up for a “passport” that they can have “stamped” at each Kentucky winery stop. Visitors who reach seven “stamps” within one year will receive a special Kentucky wine gift.
Kentucky was home to the first commercial vineyard in the United States and one of the leading grape- and wine-producing states in the nation until the industry was all but shuttered during Prohibition. Kentucky’s grape and wine industry has grown from no wineries in 1990 to more than 65 today along with some 600 acres of grape vines. Some of Kentucky’s wines have earned national acclaim in major competitions. The first Kentucky Commonwealth Commercial Wine Competition is scheduled for July 27 in Louisville.