The Woodford Reserve Distillery is one of the oldest and smallest working distilleries in the United States. It was in 1812 when Oscar Pepper first settled on our piece of Woodford County farmland, using the Grassy Springs Creek behind our current-day Distillery to begin making his own Kentucky Bourbon.
At Woodford Reserve, we’re committed to making sure our piece of history is still here for ages to come. That means we not only need to protect our Distillery, but also the natural habitat surrounding it that made this spot of land a bourbon paradise more than two centuries ago.
We’re proud to announce our partnership with the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy to protect our land and ensure sustainability for generations to come. This includes a decade long project involving:
- Planting native vegetation next to Glenn’s Creek to prevent erosion.
- Building gardens behind the Distillery to attract butterflies and other types of wildlife.
- Adding 400 trees to the property, including sugar maple, hickory, Kentucky yellow-wood, black walnut, burr oak, American elm, and our bourbon’s favorite – white oak.
- Cultivating watercress and native white pond lilies to improve Glenn’s Creek’s water quality and cut down on algal blooms.
- Walking trails and garden filled with native plants for our visitors to enjoy for years to come.
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