The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

July 15, 2013

Division of Tourism launches spirits page

SOUTH CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Division of Tourism has launched a new landing page on its website devoted to showcasing the Mountain State’s wineries, distilleries and breweries.

The landing page can be accessed at The site provides a listing of spirit makers organized by geographic region, with details on the products produced and, in some cases, tour hours and tastings.

West Virginia is home to a collection of wineries, each with its own distinctive blend of wines and styles — from traditional red and white varieties, to dessert wines and specialty wines. Many offer tours of their vineyards as well.

The Mountain State has several breweries — many of which also offer a full restaurant menu — that produce seasonal and year-round craft-brewed beers. In addition to fantastic manufacturers to visit, connoisseurs can find West Virginia craft beers at specialty shops, bars and restaurants. These beers are produced with seasonal, locally-produced ingredients by talented brewmasters.

Distilleries are an up-and-coming area of the market in West Virginia. The makers use locally grown ingredients to produce a variety of spirits — from vodka, gin and bourbon to artisan fruit cordials.

Foodies and spirit lovers can visit the website and click on the state map to find wineries, breweries and distilleries located near them.