The northern region of Kentucky lies within the Ohio River Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) which was once the largest wine growing region in the U.S. Not until the passage of the 1976 farm winery law did Kentucky begin to recover from the negative effects of the Civil War and prohibition. The majority of Kentucky’s wineries are located in northern Kentucky between Louisville and Lexington. Scroll down to find Kentucky’s best wineries. The “Highest Visitor Ratings” section lists Kentucky wineries that have received visitors’ highest ratings for service, views, and wine quality. The “Highest Wine Critic Ratings” section lists the producers of Kentucky’s best wines based on awards won at international wine competitions. The “All Kentucky Wineries” section contains a comprehensive, and continuously updated, list of Kentucky wineries. Click “map view” to access the advanced winery search to find wineries that provide vineyard lodging, have food available to complement their wines, host vineyard weddings, or produce wines from organic grapes. We make it easy to find the best wine tour and tasting destinations in Kentucky wine country.