This Versailles, Kentucky, distillery is the oldest working bourbon distillery in the United States; it has produced some of the most popular spirits in the country, and continues to produce exceptional craft bourbon each day. They provide an excellent visitor experience and we always recommend a visit.
Be sure to purchase tickets ahead of time, especially on busy Fall & Spring Saturdays. You will need to arrive 20 minutes early to check in for the tour.
They have a wonderful patio attached to the Visitor Center. On a nice day, enjoy a cocktail on the patio and grab a sandwich from Glenn’s Creek Cafe ( operated by nationally acclaimed chef Ouita Michel ). Menu
Tickets and information on specialty Tours and Events – Woodford Reserve Tours
Buffalo Trace offers some of the most dynamic tours on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail; in fact, this Frankfort, Kentucky distillery offers five different tours to suit a variety of interests. Consider the Trace Tour, which offers insight into the history of the distillery. Other Tours include the Hard Hat Tour, The National Historic Landmark Tour, and a Ghost Tour to see areas of the distillery that are considered to be haunted.
The Trace Tour is complimentary and no reservation is required. They do a great job of getting visitors out on a fantastic tour, but Saturdays are busy. For large groups, it’s great to reach out and let them know a week or two ahead of time.
More information http://www.buffalotracedistillery.com/visit-us.
Castle & Key is the exciting new distillery that has been painstakingly brought back from years of neglect by Will Arvin & Wes Murray. The Bluegrass region is excited to have another crown jewel to showcase along this portion of the bourbon trail. Master Distiller Marianne Eaves is working on bourbon production, but at this point only a wonderful Dry Gin and Vodka are available until the bourbon ages properly. The gin and vodka are exquisite.
Tour the beautifully restored grounds carefully curated by world renowned landscape architect Jon Carloftis. This was one of the ‘birthplaces of bourbon tourism’. We look forward to showcasing this beautiful venue and enjoying their spirits!
This location is only a 10 minute drive from Woodford Reserve – more information and tickets available here – Castle & Key Distillery
This distillery is located in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, just a short drive from Lexington and nestled on the banks of the Salt River, providing your tour experience with a special sort of ambiance. The Spanish Mission-style architecture sets the Four Roses apart from any other distillery on the Bourbon Trail. The tour is only $5, and you’ll get an inside look at the production process and the history of Four Roses.
For more information on hours and tour offerings – 4 Roses Tours
Wild Turkey has a wonderful visitor center and cocktail bar that overlooks the KY River. They have created a great destination for gathering and enjoying the bourbon experience.
It makes for a nice stop along the bourbon trail in combination with Woodford Reserve and Buffalo Trace.
Tour information and tickets available here – Wild Turkey Tours