Osage Springs Vineyard
Why Kansas? Kansas had more acreage in wine grapes before the Civil War than any other state in the United States – about 4,000 – 6,000 acres.
In 1881, Kansas was the first state to pass prohibition. Then, in the late 1800’s, Carrie Nation and her women vigilantes hatcheted down saloon doors, broke wine barrels, and burned the vineyards. After that, national Prohibition started and lasted long enough that Kansas grape production never recovered. But, in 1985, Kansas passed the Kansas Farm Winery Statute. By 2010, there were 23 licensed wineries in Kansas. Four national Jefferson Cups were awarded to Kansas wine in 2010.