The ultimate West Virginia wine road trip
Journey through the Mountain State by visiting each of its incredible and unique wineries where you’ll see a different side of the state. Each stop will have you longing for more sips of Rieslings and Cabernet Sauvignon while sitting and relaxing against the stunning backdrop that is West Virginia. Experience the sophisticated notes of each wine as you make your way through these beautiful rolling hills.
Start your road trip at the beautiful Daniel Vineyards in Crab Orchard. Daniel Vineyards sits on 192 acres of property nestled in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, which provides guests with stunning views. Enjoy a taste of their blackberry dessert wine, perfect on a hot summer day. Or take a self-guided tour of the vineyards and get a close up look at the 15 grape varieties known as Cold Climate Cultivars, which are used to make Daniel Vineyards’ delicious wines.
Kirkwood Winery & Isaiah Morgan Distillery
After Daniel Vineyards, make the hour and twenty-minute drive to Summersville where you’ll find the unique Kirkwood Winery and Isaiah Morgan Distillery. Located in the rural valley in the heart of the state, Kirkwood Winery invites you to “enjoy a taste of the mountains” when you stop by for a tasting or a tour. While you’re there, try the winery’s savory wines made for cooking like Appalachian Ramp or Dandelion Or, stop by the Isaiah Morgan Distillery to try their corn whiskey.
Things to Do: In Summersville, adventure awaits at every corner. Here you can visit and tour the Summersville Lake Lighthouse, the only lighthouse in West Virginia. Or, explore Summersville Lake where you can swim, snorkel, kayak, paddleboard and more.
Chestnut Ridge Winery
Your next stop is the scenic Chestnut Ridge Winery, located in Spencer and just an hour and a half drive from Kirkwood Winery. Here, you can try over 20 different types of wines that vary from traditional European style dry wines to semi-dry wines to semi-sweet dry wines. The winery’s deck is the perfect place to sit back, relax, enjoy their amazing wines and beautiful views that surround you.
Things to Do: In Spencer, catch a movie at the Robey Theatre, the oldest continuously operating movie theater in the country. The Robey Theatre opened its doors in 1911 during the silent film era and was one of the first theaters in the area to install sound equipment for “talkies.”
Make the short one-hour drive from Chestnut Ridge Winery to Stone Road Vineyard in Elizabeth. Stone Road Vineyard is family-owned and makes 14 handcrafted red and white varieties and blended wines. If you’ve ever wanted to see panoramic views of West Virginia, then visiting Stone Road Vineyard is a must as it offers panoramic views of Wood, Wirt and Jackson counties.
Things to Do: Stop by Burning Springs Park in Elizabeth where you can take a self-guided tour and learn about the nation’s first oil and gas field and how it played a role in West Virginia statehood and the Civil War.
Lucky for you, the next winery is only a short 30-minute drive where you’ll find WineTree Vineyards in Vienna. At WineTree Vineyards, have a tasting or take a tour of the vineyard to see how they grow grapes, ferment and bottle their wines. Try one of their award-winning dry white and red wines like their Chardonnay that is a crisp, nicely balanced wine with delicate aromas of ripe apricot, pear and apple.
Things to Do: Since the winery is located just 15 minutes from the city of Parkersburg, you’ll find everything from delicious dining to fun shopping opportunities. Tour the grounds of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park or explore beautiful North Bend State Park while here!
Lambert’s Vintage Winery
Head to the beautiful Mountain Lakes region of the state and stop at Lambert’s Vintage Winery in Weston. It’s just under a two-hour drive from WineTree Vineyards. Lambert’s Vintage Winery is a gorgeous winery constructed from hand-cut stones gathered from various areas of the state. While you’re there, take a tour to see how they produce their wine. Sample their fine wines outside on the gorgeous property or by the fireplace in the tasting room. For summer, try their white zinfandel or blueberry thrill for wines that are rich in flavor.
Things to Do: While you’re in Weston, tour the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum if you’re brave. Visit the West Virginia Glass Museum to appreciate the tradition of hand blown glass or explore Stonecoal Lake for some great fishing.
Next, make the quick 30-minute drive to the beautiful Batton Hollow Winery in Lost Creek. At Batton Hollow Winery, tour the gorgeous winery or taste one of their award-winning wines like their Ruby Red, a sweet red dessert wine made from Noiret grapes. It’s a perfect drink to sip on after dinner. Or try their Summer Breeze wine, a sweet wine made from Vidal Blanc grapes and made for summertime sipping.
Things to Do: Located just 20 minutes from the city of Bridgeport, this winery is in perfect proximity to dining, shopping, adventure and more. In Bridgeport, play a round of golf at the Pete Dye Golf Club or visit A Mountain Clays for clay shooting and incredible views of West Virginia.
Make the three-hour drive to West-Whitehill Winery in Moorefield located in the stunning Potomac Highlands region of the state, which makes the drive there completely worth it. Founded in 1981, West-Whitehill Winery makes wines from French-American hybrid varietals such as Chambourcin, Seyval, Aurore and Vidal. While you’re there, have a tour and tasting. Don’t forget to try the Highland Mist Wine, which is loved by many. The Highland Mist wine is a sweet blush wine made from a blend of French-American grapes with added orange and lemon spices.
Things to Do: In Moorefield, spend some time at the White Barn Farmers Market. The White Barn Farmers Market is open from July to December and sells fresh fruits and vegetables. Here, you can pick out the perfect pairing for your West-Whitehill wine.
Potomac Highland Winery
Stay in the Potomac Highlands region, where you’ll find your next winery just 55 minutes away in Keyser. Founded in 1992, Potomac Highland Winery is a winery known for producing fine table wines. The owners still oversee each aspect of production from the harvesting of the grapes to the final bottling of the wine. For red wine lovers, try their Meritage, Pinot Noir, Chambourcin, Chancellor or Seyval Blush. For white wine lovers, try their Chardonnay, Riesling or Seyval Blanc. A visit here is always worthwhile.
Things to Do: Explore downtown Keyser and make a visit to the charming Candlewyck Inn, a restored 1902 Victorian home that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and drinks. While at the inn, feast on French onion soup au gratin, sautéed tenderloin tips, eggplant parmesan and much more.
Two hours and 20 minutes away, you’ll find Heston Farm Winery and Pinchgut Hollow Brewery in Fairmont. Set on 200 acres of rolling West Virginia farmland and situated on the banks of the Tygart River, Heston Farm Winery and Pinchgut Hollow Brewery is fun for everyone! At the winery, you’ll find natural spring water, cattle, llamas, ponies, fields of hops and buckwheat, a community garden and, of course, a vineyard. Heston Farm wines are primarily sweet and reflect the heritage of the region. They find their names from animals, people and attractions you can see around the farm. While you’re there, sit back and relax on the porch and sip on some Spring Peeper Chardonnay or Prudence and Penelope Sweet White Wine.
Things to Do: In Fairmont, explore Prickett’s Fort State Park or Valley Falls State Park, eat at the renowned Muriale’s Restaurant or spend the day shopping at tone of the city’s many specialty shops.
Forks of Cheat Winery
Your final destination is only 40 minutes away where you’ll find the stunning Forks of Cheat Winery in Morgantown. At Forks of Cheat Winery, visit the tasting room where you can try their red wines, white wines, fruit wines, dessert wines, specialty wines and blushes. Their Vidal Blanc, Van Buren and Mon Doux wines are always a crowd-pleaser no matter the time of year.
Things to Do: Pick from an array of many unique things to do in Morgantown like taking a photo atop the iconic overlook at Coopers Rock State Forest or browsing the vibrant streets of downtown Morgantown and the beautiful campus of West Virginia University.
Which winery are you most excited to visit?
This post was last updated on May 16, 2018