Bourbon Trail Distillery Tours Near Woodford County
Explore the rich tradition and proud history of "America's Official Native Spirit" on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour.
Your personal Bourbon Trail starts right here in Midway & Versailles, KY. Our 'Woodford Reserve' visitor center hosts over 130,000 folks annually.
FIVE World Renowned Distillery Tours within minutes of "Uniquely Woodford," Midway & Versailles, KY:
Castle & Key
Woodford Reserve Distillery
Nestled amid the rolling hills of bluegrass and thoroughbred farms sits our historic Woodford Reserve Distillery.
One of Kentucky’s oldest and smallest distilleries, the present day Woodford Reserve Distillery is built on history, sitting on Kentucky’s oldest distilling site where Elijah Pepper began crafting whiskey in 1812. It was on these same hallowed grounds that years later Master Distiller James Christopher Crow perfected his whiskey-making methods, which today have become common practice, including the implementation of sour mash into fermentation.
The Distillery is home to a 500-foot-long gravity-fed barrel run, our iconic copper pot stills, and 100-year-old cypress wood fermenters. We also boast one of the only heat cycled barrelhouses in the world, ensuring every drop seeps into the charred and toasted white oak, giving Woodford Reserve its color and signature flavor.
We invite you to come visit us, enjoy our bourbon, take in our scenery, and embrace our history. Come visit us in the heart of bourbon country. Take a guided educational tour through the Distillery that explains the history of bourbon, how we’re unique at all five sources of flavor, the bottling process, and much more.
Castle & Key Distillery
In 1887, legendary distiller Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr built a new kind of distillery destination in Millville, Kentucky. The groundbreaking site featured unique architectural elements including a castle, a classical springhouse, and sunken gardens. What he built became the birthplace of bourbon tourism.
But over the next century, the space changed owners and occupants, eventually falling into disrepair. By the time Castle & Key’s founders rediscovered it, the property was in ruins. People told them that it was too far gone to resurrect. But they forged ahead anyway.
Inspired by their distillery site’s legacy of trailblazing, our founders dreamt up something big: to create an immersive distillery experience by combining thoughtfully made spirits with a property where discerning tastemakers could experience history in motion.
Buffalo Trace Distillery
No Distillery has earned more domestic and international accolades than Buffalo Trace. Writers, enthusiasts and spirits competitions around the globe have awarded more than 500 accolades to our brands. The title of “world’s most award-winning distillery” has been earned through the uncompromising dedication of our craftsmen for well over 200 years. Their passion for distilling, passed down for two centuries, is revered by experts worldwide.
In 2013, Buffalo Trace Distillery added its most cherished distinction yet – National Historic Landmark. After taking more than 200 years to achieve, the Distillery joined this elite group of the most influential places in North America. This award, more important than any others, is for the Distillery, its people, its builders, its visionaries, its preservers and its protectors.
Four Roses Distillery
One trip to our historic distillery on the scenic Salt River in Lawrenceburg, or to our unique single-story rack warehouse and bottling facility nestled in the quiet Kentucky countryside at Cox’s Creek, and you’ll begin to understand how our Bourbon has come to be so mellow. Of course, sampling a taste of our award-winning Bourbons at each location makes a trip to these very mellow places all that more rewarding.
It began when Paul Jones, Jr., the founder of Four Roses Bourbon, became smitten by the beauty of a Southern belle. It is said that he sent a proposal to her, and she replied that if her answer were “Yes,” she would wear a corsage of roses on her gown to the upcoming grand ball. Paul Jones waited for her answer excitedly on that night of the grand ball…when she arrived in her beautiful gown, she wore a corsage of four red roses. He later named his Bourbon “Four Roses” as a symbol of his devout passion for the lovely belle, a passion he thereafter transferred to making his beloved Four Roses Bourbon.
Wild Turkey Distillery
Wild Turkey Distillery has an award winning visitor center. This architectural marvel is a must-see on any trip to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail ®. Inspired by the silhouette of Kentucky tobacco barns, the new visitors center has an unbeatable view of the Kentucky River.
This is the kind of place that changes the way you see bourbon as you begin to understand the complex process perfected by our master distillers