The climate of West Virginia is very well-suited to growing wine grapes, particularly French hybrid varieties. There are plenty of delicious wines to sample, and touring the scenic vineyards and wineries is a great way to spend an afternoon or two while vacationing here. However, there's more than just wine on offer; many of the wineries also specialize in making mead, cider, and even hard alcohol.
1.Batton Hollow Winery
© Batton Hollow Winery
Known for its delicious, award-winning wines, Batton Hollow Winery prides itself on offering high-quality wine at an affordable price. In addition to their regular selection of red and white wines, the winery produces four seasonal wines each year, including a refreshingly sweet white wine meant for the summer and a unique spiced red wine that's perfect for fall. The winery is open Fridays and Saturdays between noon and 6 p.m., but anyone who wishes to visit outside of opening hours can do so by appointment. Many of the wines are also sold at local restaurants and liquor stores.
406 Woodstock Drive, Lost Creek, WV 26385, Phone: 304-745-5700
2.Chestnut Ridge Winery
Perched overlooking the charming town of Spencer, Chestnut Ridge Winery is proudly owned and operated by a husband and wife team. The winery is located inside the Chestnut Ridge Artist Colony, which offers several other artisan shops for visitors to enjoy before or after a stop at the winery. There are more than twenty different types of wine to try, ranging from European-style dry wines to semi-sweet wines, and guests are welcome to relax on the winery's large deck while sampling the wines. The winery is open Wednesday through Sunday, and reservations are recommended for large groups.
15 Chestnut St, Spencer, WV 25276, Phone: 304-377-5721
© Daniel Vineyards
Established in 1990 on the grounds of a former golf course, Daniel Vineyards is a conservation grape farm that produces world-class estate wines. The winery's vineyards sit at a higher altitude than any others in the state, and they grow fifteen varieties of grape that were carefully hand-picked to thrive in the relatively chilly West Virginia climate. Red, white, and dessert wines are available, and tastings are offered for a small fee. The property is open Tuesday through Saturday, and visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and spend an hour or two enjoying the beautiful property.
200 Twin Oaks G, Crab Orchard, WV 25827, Phone: 304-252-9750
4.Forks of Cheat Winery
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Set in the gorgeous Appalachian Mountains, Forks of Cheat Winery is a family-run operation that has received hundreds of awards for its wines since it was established in 1990. The 16-acre vineyard grows both American varietal and French hybrid grapes, and the red and white wines range from very dry to very sweet, ensuring there's something to suit every taste. Fruit wines and dessert wines are available as well. Tours are available during opening hours, and on-site amenities include a tasting room, a gift shop, and an outdoor pavilion that can be booked for special events during the summer months.
2811 Stewartstown Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, Phone: 304-598-2019
5.Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead
© Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead
The first cidery in the state of West Virginia, Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead specializes in making unique artisan ciders and meads using traditional methods. Many of the products are made with local fruits and honeys, and most of them tend towards the dryer end of the spectrum. The tasting room is open Tuesday through Saturday, and in addition to meads and ciders, it offers an excellent selection of meats and cheeses as well as a charming outdoor deck. Live music is often played in the evenings, and the space can be booked for special events.
2245 Blue Sulphur Pike, Lewisburg, WV 24901, Phone: 304-651-4413
6.Honey River Meadery
Nestled in the Highlands of West Virginia, the Honey River Meadery is part of a cheerful small-scale family farm that produces its own honey as well as honey products like mead and beeswax candles. All the meads are made using raw, unprocessed honey and no sulfites or other chemical additives, and they're carefully aged for at least two years to ensure the best possible quality. In addition to classic white wine-like meads, there is also an excellent selection of meads made using both honey and locally-grown fruit. Tours of the property and the production facility are available by appointment.
Snyder Rd, Harman, WV 26270, Phone: 304-624-4414
© Kirkwood Winery
Founded in the mid-1980s by a local farming family and purchased by new owners in 2017, Kirkwood Winery has been producing high-quality wines for decades. More than thirty varieties of wine are produced on the estate, but the selection isn't limited just to red and white wines; meads, ports, fruit wines, and unique vegetable wines are available as well. All wines can be purchased in the on-site store, as can artisan jellies, candles, and other locally made handicrafts. The store is open every day of the week between April and December, but closed on Sundays from January to March.
45 Winery Rd, Summersville, WV 26651, Phone: 304-872-7332
8.Moss Farms Winery LLC
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Moss Farms Winery LLC is part of the family-owned Moss Farms, which have been in operation since the 1890s. Wine production only began here in 2012, but the establishment is already well-known for their delicious red, white, and fruit wines, which are available for purchase onsite and at all Undo's Family Restaurant locations. The wines range from dry to sweet, and popular options include a refreshingly sweet white wine made from Niagara grapes, a berry-citrus sangria, and the winery's signature strawberry wine. Tastings are offered on Saturdays during the summer months, and tours can be arranged by appointment.
100 Harvest Lane, Wheeling, WV 26003, Phone: 304-231-4876
9.Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine
© Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine
Specializing in delightful sweet and dry honey wines made with gluten-free yeast, Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine makes small batches of specialty meads in a well-equipped micro-factory. All of the honey used to make the meads is sourced from West Virginia, and much of it comes from the meadery's own apiary, which is located right next to the beautiful Monongahela River. The meadery is open to visitors every Thursday and Friday between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.; tours and complimentary tastings are available, and meads are offered for sale by the case and by the bottle.
1516 Morgantown Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554, Phone: 304-534-8716
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10.Potomac Highland Winery
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Found in the state's peaceful Eastern Panhandle, Potomac Highland Winery is a small family-run operation known for producing consistently high-quality wines. The winery has its own vineyard, which is spread out over acres of gently rolling hills and grows a variety of French hybrid grapes. Both red and white wines are available, many of which are oak-aged. Wine can be purchased directly from the winery or ordered online; the family also sells their wine at many different festivals and fairs all throughout the year, which is an excellent opportunity to sample the wares before you buy.
RR 6 Box 6980, Keyser, WV 26726, Phone: 304-788-3066
11.West Whitehill Winery
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Located in one of West Virginia's best grape-growing regions, West Whitehill Winery has been growing grapes and producing delightful wines since 1981. The winery is best known for its unique specialty and dessert wines, which are made with fascinating combinations of spices, fruits, and berries, but it makes several excellent dry and semi-sweet red and white wines as well. Tours and complimentary tastings are offered Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the wines are available for sale at the winery as well as at a number of retailers in Maryland and West Virginia.
4484 U.S. Hwy 220, Moorefield, WV 26836, Phone: 304-538-2605
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Family owned and operated since 2001, WineTree Vineyards is a winery and vineyard that specializes in traditional dry red and white wines. All wines are made entirely with grapes grown right on the property, and the wine is always proudly made, bottled, and processed on-site. Visitors who would like to learn more about how the wine is made are welcome to tour the winery, and the tasting room and gift shop are open every day during the summer and on weekends during January and February. Wine tastings are offered free of charge, and staff are happy to educate visitors about the different varieties of wine.
772 Jesterville Rd, Vienna, WV 26105, Phone: 304-865-0507
12 West Virginia Wineries
- Batton Hollow Winery, Photo: Batton Hollow Winery
- Chestnut Ridge Winery, Photo: poplasen/stock.adobe.com
- Daniel Vineyards, Photo: Daniel Vineyards
- Forks of Cheat Winery, Photo: Forks of Cheat Winery
- Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead, Photo: Hawk Knob Hard Cider and Mead
- Honey River Meadery, Photo: Nishihama/stock.adobe.com
- Kirkwood Winery, Photo: Kirkwood Winery
- Moss Farms Winery LLC, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine, Photo: Mountain Dragon Mazery Fine Honey Wine
- Potomac Highland Winery, Photo: Comugnero Silvana/stock.adobe.com
- West Whitehill Winery, Photo: West Whitehill Winery
- WineTree Vineyards, Photo: Joshua Resnick/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: redav/stock.adobe.com