Kentucky school expands vineyard project

BOWLING GREEN, KY -- In a state widely known for producing whiskey, Western Kentucky University is expanding its vineyard program.

A newly planted vineyard is the third on the WKU Farm. The first two were established in 2008 and 2009. One vineyard is used for education in the university's viticulture courses and for community workshops and tours; the second vineyard is used for research. The new vineyard will be used for wine production when the vines begin producing grapes in three to four years.

Before Prohibition, Kentucky was the third largest grape- and wine-producing state in the country. A resurgent interest in viniculture now has more than 100 Kentucky farmers growing grapes.

[Go here for a full report on the WKU project.]

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