Woodford Reserve Distillery

7855 McCracken Pike Versailles KY 40383



Woodford Reserve Distillery

Woodford Reserve is a super-premium “small batch” bourbon with roots at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, the smallest and oldest operating distillery in America. Nestled amid the picturesque horse farms of Central Kentucky, it is the only Kentucky distillery that uses copper pot stills and ages its bourbon in a unique limestone warehouse. Whiskey was first produced on its site in 1812, and it was here that some of America’s earliest distilling pioneers like Elijah Pepper, Oscar Pepper, and James Crow perfected their craft. No other distilling site in America has as rich a heritage or has had as great an influence on the production of whiskey as The Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Bottled at 90.4 proof, Woodford Reserve is recognized as the bourbon of thoroughbred racing.

Woodford Reserve Distillery Products

Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection:
– Four Grain
– Sonoma Cutrer Finish
– Sweet Mash
-Maple Wood Finish
– Rare Rye Selection

Enjoy your bourbon responsibly.

Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 43.2%-45.2% Alc. by Vol.,
The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY © 2011

Master Distiller at Woodford Reserve Distillery

As just the seventh Master Distiller in Brown-Forman Corporation’s 140-year history, Chris Morris is responsible for maintaining the award-winning taste of Woodford Reserve.

A Louisville native, Morris has been around bourbon his whole life. His dad was a production manager and his mother worked in the art department at Brown-Forman.

Morris has spent most of his working life promoting Brown-Forman brands. His career with Brown-Forman began in 1976 as a trainee in the Central lab working for the Master Distiller.

In 1988, he transitioned to Glenmore Distilleries Company, where he worked as brand manager for their North American Whiskies Group. Morris joined United Distillers through their acquisition of Glenmore in 1991 and quickly assumed the role of Bourbon Portfolio Brands Development Manager, where he developed new bourbon brands, designed and directed sales and trade programs and served as the company’s global bourbon brand ambassador.

In 1997, Morris returned to Brown-Forman and, subsequently, was chosen to begin training as its 7thMaster Distiller.

In a way, he compares himself to Brown-Forman’s founder George Garvin Brown, who personally guarded the taste profile of his brands. “I love keeping involved with the crafting of the brand,” says Morris.

Additionally, he serves as brand ambassador for Brown-Forman at numerous trade and consumer functions.


Woodford Reserve Distillery Tours

The Distillery itself is the oldest working bourbon distillery in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. Between its rich history and the Craft Bourbon distilled there today, it has quite a story to tell. The best way to hear it is to visit for yourself.

If you are visiting us during our peak season of March – October on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday and you are interested in going on our Bourbon Discovery Tour, it is suggested that you arrive at the Distillery an hour before the time you would like to tour. We do not currently accept reservations in advance and tour tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.

The Distillery is closed on:
Christmas Eve
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s

The Distillery gives complimentary tours to military personnel and a 10% off discount in the retail store. Please show military identification to receive the discount. We currently do not have designated parking for Recreational Vehicles, and only service animals are permitted at the Distillery.

Bourbon Discovery Tour

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. At the end of the tour, guests 21 and over can taste our award-winning Craft Bourbon for themselves in the Visitor Center.

For groups of 18 or more, please make a reservation by calling our representative at 859-879-1812.

$10 per person.
The tour is offered 7 days a week.
Monday thru Saturday: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Sunday (March-December): 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

National Landmark Tour

Join us for a two-hour session that educates guests on the cultural and architectural evolution of the Woodford Reserve Distillery. This cultural tour also explores the history and architecture of the property and its impact on Kentucky heritage.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling our representative at 859-879-1921.
Offered Wednesdays at 2:30pm.
$30 per person.

Corn to Cork Tour

Immerse yourself in this two-hour session that explores the mechanical, chemical, technical and “sensory” aspects of producing bourbon. This in-depth tour covers even more aspects of all five sources of flavor found throughout the bourbon-making process than our “Bourbon Discovery Tour.”

Reservations are required and can be made by calling our representative at 859-879-1921.
Maximum of 6 guests per tour
Offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:30pm.
$30 per person.

Always call ahead for Tour, Tasting Hours, and Additional Information

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