The Kansas Viticulture and Farm Winery Association (KVFWA) is a not-for-profit organization whose main purpose is to nurture the expansion and growth of the grape industry in Kansas, particularly for farm wineries.
Through participation in Kansas agritourism, members offer local communities the opportunity to visit their vineyards and experience the process of harvest and wine making, right through to the tasting of the finished wines, many of which have won both local and national awards. The Association is also dedicated to the principle that the wines produced by the State’s farm wineries should be made from grapes and grape juice from grapes grown in Kansas.
Although Kansas is not usually thought of as a wine producing State, it has a long history of grape growing with almost 5,000 acres of vineyards in the State prior to Prohibition. The Kansas Viticulture and Farm Winery Association is committed to bringing back those vineyards and contributing to the rich agricultural heritage that is the tradition in Kansas.
In 2022 KVFWA submitted on members behalf for a distinction as an American Vinicultural Area (AVA). In 2023 the organization received word their application was approved and is on the list for designation as the KAW Valley AVA. We are proud to say, this is the first AVA for the state of Kansas. The KAW Valley AVA includes 33 currently established Kansas Farm Wineries and Kansas Vineyards on the list to receive recognition. An AVA is a delimited grape-growing region with specific geographic or climatic features that distinguish it from the surrounding regions and affect how grapes are grown. Using an AVA designation on a wine label allows vintners to describe more accurately the origin of their wines to consumers and helps consumers identify wines they may purchase. The Association has plans in 2024 for releasing the AVA designation: KAW Valley AVA
We invite you to explore our site, and we welcome your suggestions for how we can better serve the growing wine-loving community both locally and statewide. Explore the Northeastern Kansas Wine Trail and visit our member farm winery vineyards! You can taste their wines and take a tour of their vineyards. Some of our members even offer the opportunity to help at harvest. Great for a family or group outing!
New vineyards and wineries are popping up all over Kansas… and visitors are welcome!