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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 ...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Roane Vineyards

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

  • West-Whitehill Winery

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

  • Candlelight Winery

    We pride oursleves on our selection of wines that are all produced and bottled on site. With the...

  • Heineman Winery

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

  • J. Kirkwood

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

  • Madison Vineyards Estate Winery

    We're frequently asked how we came to be in the wine business. I always blame it on the wine kit...

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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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  • Today my wife Sandra and I attended the RdV 2011 Release Party at their winery in Delaplane, Virginia.  The event ran from 1030 thorough 1500 but we were there only from 1130 through 1330 - long enough to drink plenty of wine and consume lots of tasty food.  We picked up our six bottles and added another three bottles of their less expensive 'Fr... Read More

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  • Valley Vineyards White Blend Honey Mead NV

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    Nice and sweet. Complex taste Read More

    Wine review by mec2973


  • Thanks for the encouraging words DVOGLER & EMARK.  I was wondering back around 2010 what I would do when I retired at 55 years of age in 2014.  Then it kind of hit me - my love for cats combined with the wine we had just started to enjoy - there wouldn't be much time for anything else. I do find that the days go by quickly.  I still get up early... Read More

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  • Right...kind of in the way that Hawaii and West Virginia are both part of the U.S. Read More

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  • In the Bay Area and in the greater LA area, the choices are pretty huge, but that doesn't mean everything is easily available--more on that below. BevMo is headquartered here, and its ancestry can be traced back to the beginnings of a wine program at CostPlus and to Safeway's launch of Liquor Barn.  Short version is that Steve Boone more or less... Read More

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  • Equus Run Vineyard Merlot Blend Ohio River Valley

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    This is a great desert wine. With nice chocolate under tones. Check out my full review at http://wineloversjourney.blogspot.com/ Read More

    Wine review by StacyL1976


  • West-Whitehill Red Blend Classic Currant

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    A delicious desert wine. The unique flavor of currants is a nice change. Read More

    Wine review by mandmgum


  • West-Whitehill Red Blend Sweet Mountain Spice 2001

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    Very sweet - dessert wine. Great at the holidays but I enjoy it year round. Can even be warmed like a Christmas Wassil. Read More

    Wine review by wkerns1


  • An interesting column by Jim Lefevere at Forbes on the forces changing or representing change in the wine market in the US these days. He lists 10 dynamics:Wine consumption growthGeneration YThe global wine villageDrink localTechnology changes everythingBrand vs. landAlternative packagingResidual sugarWine and healthPolitics and the lawwith two ... 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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