Kentucky Farmers benefit.
As farmers transition from tobacco to new cash crops, growing grapes to sell to Kentucky wineries is one of the best alternatives. In fact, at one time, Kentucky was the third largest grape producing state in the US. Today, grapes are making a comeback in Kentucky. Planted acreage has increased by 928% since 1999. Vineyards are located across the Commonwealth in 84 counties. And grape growing can be profitable—but the start-up costs are enormous, sometimes taking 7–12 years just to break even. Farmers need help. Expanded sales opportunities for Kentucky wine in food stores will provide benefit to our farmers.

Planted Acreage Growth in Kentucky
Source: Kentucky Grape & Wine Council Presentation Joint Licensing & Occupations Committee, Kentucky General Assembly, Frankfort 11/9/07

Vineyard Distribution by Counties
Current as of 2007
Source: Kentucky Grape & Wine Council Presentation Joint Licensing & Occupations Committee, Kentucky General Assembly, Frankfort 11/9/07

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