New Documentary Chronicles Kentucky’s Burgeoning Wine Industry

November 02, 2009

“Vintage Kentucky:  The Vine to Wine Experience” tells the story of Kentucky’s wine industry from its status as a national leader in the 1800’s, to its demise as a result of Prohibition, to its current reemergence.  The 30-minute documentary, a project by the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will be shown statewide on KET.

Upcoming Airdates:

  • KET1:              Thursday, November 5 at 10:30 pm EST
  • KET1:              Saturday, November 7 at 4:30 am EST
  • KETKY:           Friday, November 13 at 9:30 pm EST
  • KETKY:           Saturday, November 14 at 1:30 pm EST
  • KETKY:           Monday, November 16 at 6:30 pm EST
  • KET2:              Friday, November 27 at 9:30 am EST

“Vintage Kentucky:  The Vine to Wine Experience” is the culmination of a year’s worth of work.  After the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture commissioned the production, filming began in August, 2008 and was completed by the end of July, 2009.  Ten of the state’s wineries are featured as are vineyard owners and winemakers.  Scientists and wine industry experts from the University of Kentucky, who have helped Kentucky farmers make the transition to growing grapes, also appear in the film.

“Kentucky’s history as being among the world leaders in growing grapes and producing quality wines is a fascinating story,” said Dennis Walter, President of the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council.  “We want to let people know about that history, but more importantly we want them to know what’s happening now as we re-claim that history.  More and more vineyards are springing up across the commonwealth and wonderful wines are being made and enjoyed right here.”

Have you seen the film?

If so, please be sure to provide us with your feedback by leaving your comments below!


  1. Jim Brady November 12, 2009 11:51 am Reply

    is it possible to purchase this documentary??

  2. Bruno January 9, 2010 8:16 pm Reply

    It is always great to hear of the reemergence of local wine making industries. I would love to learn more about Kentucky wine and hope I get a chance to see this documentary.

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