Purchase Wine

All proceeds from wine sales go directly to supporting ongoing grape and wine research that serves to advance the commercial wine industry of Kentucky. University of Kentucky wines are only available for purchase by the following UK affiliates: students, full or part-time employees, and retired employees. In order to purchase wine through our web store, first time users must fill out our online registration form.

Holiday Wine Pick-up Times and Locations

Pickup Location/Details

Online Registration Form

University of Kentucky Winery Web Store

Detailed description of available wines

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide support to the commercial wine industry of Kentucky through grape and wine research and Extension.  This work would not be possible without the long-term financial support we have received from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Industry

There are currently 74 commercial wineries in Kentucky.  If you haven’t done so already make sure to download the Kentucky Winery app. and visit kentuckywine.com to learn more about Kentucky wine.

Grape and Wine Research

Our vineyard research is focused on developing grape production practices that allow for improvements in fruit quality, efficiency of labor and reduced pesticide use. Over the past fifteen seasons more than one hundred different wine grape cultivars and numerous grapevine rootstocks have been evaluated for commercial viability at the UK Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.  The primary vine characteristics we are looking for include: cold hardiness, disease resistance, and fruit quality.

Our current wine production research has been designed to identify production methods that result in wines that reflect the uniqueness of Kentucky soil and climate.  Examples of this work include our efforts to identify and utilize native yeast and bacteria to conduct primary and secondary fermentations, and our work defining best practices to produce high quality sparkling wine in Kentucky.  All University of Kentucky wines are solely produced from fruit grown at the UK Horticulture Research Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.   

Students

The University of Kentucky Vineyard and Winery serves to train future winemakers of Kentucky. Our efforts are paired with the University of Kentucky's Distillation Wine and Brewing Science Certificate Program. The UK-DWBS is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of Kentucky’s alcohol beverage industry.  This twelve credit hour Undergraduate Certificate can be tailored to allow students to obtain introductory training in one of three distinct tracks: Distillation, Wine or Brewing.

Our Team

- Sean Lynch

- Nancy Savage

- Patsy Wilson

- Jeff Wheeler

- Carlos Lopez

- Kendall Corbin

- UK Horticulture Research Farm Staff