Kansas Grapes and Wines Guide
Before California was hailed as the Supreme Queen of Winemaking in the United States, there was Kansas.
Let’s look at the rich history of wine-making in the State of Kansas, the list of wineries fully open and operational today, and all the cool things you’ll get to do on different wine tours and trails.
3 Popular Kansas Wine Trails
Somerset Wine Trail
The Somerset Wine Trail comprises four award-winning wineries: White Wind Farms, Somerset Ridge, NightHawk Winery, and Middle Creek Winery. This trail lets you see first-hand the wineries that cultivate their grapes and watch them make their wines in real-time. You’ll also get the chance to walk through the wide expanse of vineyards and see breath-taking views with a glass of their pride and joy in your hands.
Glacial Hills Wine Trail
The Glacial Hills Wine Trail won’t just enrich your throats with sublime wines from the four participating wineries; it’ll also be a feast for your eyes. This trail takes place in one of the most scenic regions of Kansas: rolling, wooded hills and valleys with clear, running streams. The participating Crescent Moon Winery, Glaciers Edge Winery, Crooked Post Winery, and Jefferson Hill Vineyards offer a crash course on the technical and artisanal nature of wine-making, from how the grapes are first cultivated right down to the final product inside your glass. It’s definitely a memorable experience you won’t want to miss.
Kaw Valley Wine Trail
You’ll traverse through the Bluejacket Crossing Vineyard and Winery, Davenport Orchards and Vineyards, Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery, Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery, and White Tail Run Winery, LLC, at the Kaw Valley Wine Trail. This trail extends west of the Kansas City suburbs. Aside from the best local wine, this trail includes plenty of fun activities, like Murder Mystery Dinner Theater shows, Summertime Music Series, and Oktoberfest! And, of course, if you’re looking for the best location for that next group celebration, their vineyard, banquet hall, and gazebo may be reserved.
Can You Grow Wine Grapes in Kansas?
Yes, you can grow wine grapes in Kansas. In fact, it’s said that these fruits can be cultivated in almost any fruit garden or vineyard within the state.
The state’s natural limestone-rich and sandy soils are the perfect breeding ground for growing a wide range of grape wines — from native, hybrid, to French.
In 2010, a new age of wine culture began to sprout within the state. Whereas it had a peak of 7,200 acres of grapes during the pre-Prohibition Period, there are now only 433 acres of grapes across 148 farms, according to the 2017 US Census of Agriculture.
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Can I get wine shipped to me in Kansas?
Yes, you can get wine shipped to you in Kansas. If you’re shipping wine (or any alcohol, really) within the state, the winery you’re purchasing from must comply with all licensing and reporting requirements.
How many wineries are in Kansas?
There are 19 licensed wineries in Kansas as of 2017. Today, the oldest still in operation is Holy-Field Vineyard and Winery, established in 1994. The latest one, the Fossil Springs Winery, was established in 2017.
Kansas grapes and wines go back hundreds of years ago, and it’s just about time they make a comeback today. With dozens of locations in the area putting their unique twists on their special handcrafted wines, we’re sure there’s something available to suit everyone’s unique palates.
Visit any of these wineries and check out their wine tastings and other cool activities! Which one of these are you visiting this summer? Let us know!
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