America's First Commercial Vineyard Hits the Market in Nicholasville

America's First Commercial Vineyard Hits the Market in Nicholasville

  • Ashley Swift
  • 06/18/24


Nicholasville, Ky. (June 18, 2024) – The first commercial vineyard in the United States, located in Nicholasville, Ky., is now offered for sale. “The First Vineyard” is a cornerstone of American history and viticulture, and this extraordinary property presents a unique opportunity to own a piece of the past while shaping its future.

Established in 1799 by James Dufour, The First Vineyard boasts a rich legacy. Originally surveyed by Daniel Boone, the 633-acre property witnessed the birth of American winemaking. Dufour's success not only provided enjoyment to presidents like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison but also unknowingly established the provenance for American wines by sharing his vines with aspiring winemakers across the country.

The vineyard's story remained dormant for centuries until current owner Thomas Beall III’s rediscovery and revival efforts began in 1994. Beall successfully petitioned for its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, solidifying The First Vineyard's status as America's first commercial vineyard.


With approximately 95 contiguous acres and nearly 1,000 feet of Kentucky River frontage, The First Vineyard offers an abundance of opportunity. Its zoning and historic status allow for many business and recreational endeavors, including a private resort, restaurant, distillery, event destination, and equine facility.

The listing also features a historic cabin built in 1805, a lodge, a tasting room and event space, and 1.2 terraced acres of vines with Alexander, Diamond, and Norton grapes to jumpstart the next venture.


The property is on the market for $2,000,000, exclusively represented by Stephen J B Davis of Christie’s International Real Estate Bluegrass.

"The First Vineyard is more than just a property; it's a tangible link to our nation's heritage and the promise the Bluegrass region has always offered Kentuckians and tourists alike," said Davis. "Ownership of this land presents a truly unparalleled opportunity to not only preserve a significant piece of history but also to reimagine its future."

The property's fertile soils, ideal for a variety of agricultural pursuits, coupled with its proximity to Lexington, renowned bourbon distilleries, historic horse farms, and equine attractions like Keeneland and the Kentucky Horse Park, further enhance its appeal.

To inquire about the property, contact Davis at [email protected].


About Christie’s International Real Estate Bluegrass 

Christie’s International Real Estate Bluegrass is a Lexington, Ky.-based brokerage firm combining local ownership and heritage with a global brand steeped in 250 years of history. With Central Kentucky’s best REALTORS® and a powerful global platform that offers world-class marketing, industry-leading technology, and international reach, the firm is focused on providing the highest level of service and professionalism to clients at every price point.

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