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Kentucky agriculture, in comeback mode since the decline of the tobacco industry, is looking back to its early history for a new cash crop. In 1799, one of the first attempts at commercial winegrowing in the U.S. occurred in Kentucky, with plantings by the Kentucky Vineyard Society. By the mid-1800s, the Bluegrass State was the third largest wine-producing state in America. Prohibition snuffed out the booming industry. But in 1976, a state law allowed farm wineries to operate and new vineyards and wineries soon followed. In 1982, the defunct Kentucky Vineyard Society was resurrected. Most significant is the state program that funds half the startup cost of new vineyards. Wine grape acreage quadrupled from 1998 to 2002. With the new plantings, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc have gained the most ground, shifting the balance to vinifera from native and hybrid varieties.

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Tricia Houston
is the Regional Correspondent for Kentucky.

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