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, otherwise known as ‘The Mountain State’, has a mix of elevations and climates, allowing it to grow a wide variety of grapes. The state hosts 11 wineries and portions of three AVAs: the Kanawha River Valley, Ohio River Valley and the Shenandoah Valley. The wineries are spread throughout all corners of the state. The largest winery, Daniel Vineyards, is located in the state's southwestern corner. Due to winter kill, most of the vines are French-American hybrids, with just a small fraction devoted to Vitis vinifera. A notable exception to this is the Potomac Highlands area, in the state’s northeast corner, where Riesling is successfully grown. This area has four operating wineries benefiting from rolling hills, shale soil and an average rainfall of only 16 inches (making it one of the WV's driest areas). The area is often compared to Germany’s Mosel Valley and the region proves that distinct viticultural areas exist in West Virginia beyond the designated AVAs. – Description Read more »

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  • Chambourcin

    Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Va...

  • Seyval Blanc

    Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind ...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • J. Kirkwood

    Welcome to the Kirkwood Winery, located in the heart of the mountains of West Virginia. We're sur...

  • Forks of Cheat Winery

    Who would have thought that getting caught stealing grapes would lead Jerry Deal to ownership of ...

  • Heineman Winery

    The Heineman Winery was founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman, an immigrant from Baden-Baden, German...

  • Roane Vineyards

    Roane Vineyards is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains along the Ohio River Val...

  • Meranda-Nixon Winery

    Upon graduation from The Ohio State Univeristy's College of Agriculture, Seth returned to his roo...

  • West-Whitehill Winery

    West-Whitehill Winery, founded in 1981, has established a tradition of producing fine wines from ...

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  • EM - Yes, lots of older riders have their bikes shipped out to some place near Sturgis, but when I do that event, I will ride there.  It will just have to be a two or three week vacation, that's all.  One reason we are driving to Wyoming this year is to see the 'fly-over' portion of the country that we haven't seen.  We have driven quite a bit o... Read More

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  • I did drive by a bunch of vineyards from West Virginia back to Charlotte come to think. If I hadn't been trying to make a flight I'd have stopped, maybe next time I'll be able to and try some of their Viognier. Read More

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  • Today, just a few short days after returning from our west coast wine tasting vacation in Washington / Oregon, we headed out west (a short drive this time) to the middle of Virginia to pick up two wine club allocations at Boxwood and RdV.  The wines we purchased are shown in the 'What did you buy' topic, so they aren't shown here, but my biggest... Read More

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  • Sandra and I needed to head down south to Charlottesville, Virginia this week to attend a Louis Black comic performance at the Paramont Theater.  Louis wasn't playing closer to us in Washington DC like he usually does, so we figured why not go down there and make it a Bed & Breakfast trip with some wine tasting tossed in.  And thus it was to be.... Read More

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  • EM - Yes, I too like that weather vane.  My picture could have been cropped to better show it off I suppose.BL - All these Virginia wineries charge for a tasting.  Our recent membership at Stone Tower Winery got us two free $15 tastings Friday night, plus our server let us try a few additional wines before we each bought a glass of their wonderf... Read More

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  • Friday afternoon / evening was quite nice.  We had recently joined the Tower Crew Club (wine club) at Stone Tower Winery, and it was about time to attend one of their Friday evening (6-8:30 PM) members-only wine and food truck events.  Good weather out here, although it was a bit cold requiring jackets.  However, traffic heading out west is bad ... Read More

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  • This past Memorial Day weekend continued with Rolling Thunder on Sunday ... ... get older or move away - our West Virginia group didn't come out this year because the folks they usually stay with ended up moving back to West Virginia earlier in May.  So it was just three of us WORMS (Woody, Sandra and myself) and thousands of our fellow riders... Read More

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  • Sounds like an enjoyable evening Fox...always fun romanticizing and ... trip ... ... trip (work) in Lewisburg West Virginia on Sunday/Monday. Was so out of it I passed my exit on the way home. Not a big deal in most places, but sucks in LA. So I knew a wine would be pulled tonight. After tasting Alain Huedlot Noellat's 2012 Chambolle recently ... Read More

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  • EM - My parents lived on West 232nd Street in Torrance.  Sandra's parents also lived in Torrance in the 1960's, somewhere on Carson Street.  They moved to La Canada (near Pasadena) in the late 1960's and stayed there until they moved out here to join Sandra and myself in Virginia, sometime around 1993.V V - My only concern would be the amount of... Read More

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  • there are tons of wineries in maryland ... in northern virginia and west virginia.  couple a 'fair' wine with the countryside here and you have a perfect situation  Read More

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  • This is a very pleasant, impeccably clean place to visit. The staff is very hospitable, & the wines are delightful. http://www.youtube.com/user/W8N4FALL#p/a/u/0/GnM1cfSmp04

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  • My friend & I just returned from our first visit to The Kirkwood Winery, in Summersville WV. I was so impressed that I was compelled to make a slideshow of the facility, & share it with the world. The place was impeccably clean, the wines were delightful, & the staff was most hospitable. I would encourage anyone to visit. http://www.youtu...

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