The snobs shudder….the rest of us enjoy
For the rest of us, people who enjoy the fruits of the earth and vine where ever and however they bless us, we have amazing vineyards here that produce a vast array of wines for all tastes.
Now, it is true that the climate and soil here in West Virginia will typically not grow grapes that produce the kind of wine you will find in Napa. But I think Bryan George of VuJaDe Vineyard in Roane County might argue that wines can be very competitive here and win that discussion.
Vintners in the state appreciate the work that the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell does. The world renowned viticulture and oenology program studies the development of grape varietals adapted to cool-climate growing regions.
Mountain State farmers must grow at least 25 percent of their fruit in state and may buy another 50 percent from other West Virginians. The remaining 25 percent may come from outside sources to allow vintners to create special blends.
Wine making remained generally a personal activity in West Virginia into the 1980s, when the passage of the West Virginia Farm Wineries Act allowed for the production and sale of farm-grown wines. Wilson Ward at Fisher Ridge Winery was instrumental in getting the state legislature to pass a law permitting tastings at the wineries.
State wineries produce reds, whites, fruit wines and dessert and specialty wines. From very dry to very sweet, there is something for any taste.
West Virginia Wineries
Daniel Vineyards Beckley, WV 304-252-9750
Fisher Ridge Winery Liberty, WV 304-342-8702
Morgantown, WV 304-598-2019 or 304-599-8660
Heston Farm Winery Fairmont, WV 304-534-2516
Jones Cabin Run Vineyards Tanner, WV 304-462-4446
Kenco Farms Sutton, WV 304-765-7980
Summersville, WV 1-888-4WV-WINE
Lambert’s Vintage Wines Weston, WV 304-269-4903
Little Hungary Farm Winery Buckhannon, WV 304-472-6634
Martin’s Mist Winery Buckeye, WV 304-799-6455
Mountaineer Winery Core, WV 304-879-5912
Roane Vineyards Spencer, WV 25276 304-927-3200
Schneider’s Winery Romney, WV 304-822-7434
Toscano in Appalachia Wines LeRoy, WV 304-275-3936
Vu Ja De Winery Spencer, WV 304-377-144
Watts Roost Vineyard Lewisburg, WV 304-645-5308
West-Whitehill Winery Moorefield, WV 304-538-2605
Wine Tree Winery Vienna, WV 26105 304-865-0507
Wolf Creek Winery Wolfcreek, WV 24993 304-772-5040
A very fun way to get to sample many of the state’s wineries’ products is to attend Charleston’s Wine & All That Jazz with Christian MacBride and Inside Straight (Saturday, June 23, 2 PM – 10 PM) at the University of Charleston. General Admission ($18 advance, $20 at gate). Eight hours of jazz musicianship and wine….what a great day!