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In a state where tornadoes and hail storms are legitimate vineyard management risks, it is testimony to fortitude that Kansas has wineries at all. Kansas summers can be stiflingly hot, with afternoon temperatures often hovering around 100 F. If that isn’t enough, all seasons can feature rapid climactic changes that sweep down the plains. Kansas was a significant player in America’s wine trade in the late 19th century. But the industry was leveled in 1880 by state-imposed prohibition. It wasn’t until the late 1980s, when a farm winery law was passed, that wineries returned to the state. The fledgling industry hosts eight wineries, with less than 100 acres under vine. Grape production is focused on French-American hybrids, such as Marechal Foch, and native vines which are able to withstand the climatic challenges. Alas, it may be a little premature to change the lyrics..."as grapey as Kansas in August...high as a kite on the Fourth of July...lalala!"

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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 34 wines labeled with the Kansas designation.

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Q: What other wineries source fruit here ?
There are no other wineries that source fruit from this appellation
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