Sunday, May 21, 2006

America's Rhineland and Baker-Bird Winery

German immigrants had established roots in the local area by the mid-1800s. Many said that the Ohio River reminded them of the Rhine River back home, and so they felt comfort in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky regions. They dubbed the area, "America's Rhineland".

The Germans settlers also brought their knowledge of wine making with them and by 1856, premium wine was being produced in Augusta, Kentucky. Reportedly, wineries in the area made some of the finest wines in the United States at the time.

Baker-Bird Winery in Augusta, Kentucky, is the oldest estate winery in America. During the mid-nineteenth century it produced premium wines, provided safety during a Civil War Battle, and witnessed a new era of freedom in American history. Recently it re-opened with a tasting room in the cellar and a wine shop. Visitors can also experience a vineyard/historic winery tour which gives visitors a wine tasting experience in a historic setting.

The Winery features a unique atmosphere and hospitality. The retail shop offers an array of interesting items and goods produced by local artisans.

More information about the winery is available at the Baker-Bird Winery web site.

posted at 12:42 PM by Jeremy Parnell

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