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Walking into Jenny Dawn Cellars, one of the first things you’ll see is a small, worn wooden fruit press, about three feet tall, topped with a metal hand crank.

It's the press Jennifer McDonald used when she first started making wine at home about five years ago.

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The number of wineries in Kansas is increasing. Experts say there were 12 companies with licenses in 2008, compared to 40 today.

Scott Kohl leads the study of grapes and wines as the director of the Viticulture and Enology program at Highland Community College in northeast Kansas. The school helps to educate wine makers across the state.

Kohl says the "grow local" movement and increased awareness that grapes can grow in Kansas has helped build the industry.