- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) - The Wild Turkey Distillery has something new to toast - the grand opening of an expanded visitor center in central Kentucky.

The 9,140-square-foot center officially opens to the public on Tuesday. It caps a more than $100 million investment by Gruppo Campari to modernize and expand the distillery. The new visitor center is a big upgrade from the previous 1,000-square foot facility.

Despite those cramped quarters, Wild Turkey says it still had a 16 percent increase last year in the number of visitors to the distillery near Lawrenceburg. The distillery says it expects to welcome about 80,000 visitors this year, up from 62,000 in 2013.

The center features massive glass windows allowing guests to gaze at the Kentucky River.

Wild Turkey is the latest Kentucky bourbon maker to upgrade its visitor center.

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