Wine and spirits abound in the highlands of north central W.Va.

Barrels hold a vintage waiting to be tasted at Forks of Cheat Winery and Distillery.

The highlands of north central West Virginia provide a variety of different libations available for tasting along the I-79 corridor.

Barrels hold a vintage waiting to be tasted at Forks of Cheat Winery and Distillery.
Barrels hold a vintage waiting to be tasted at Forks of Cheat Winery and Distillery.

Forks of Cheat Winery and Distillery near Morgantown produces wine from French hybrid and American grapes grown on hillside vines overlooking the Cheat River. The winery also produces products from other fruit, as well as dessert wines.

Forks of Cheat also boasts a distillery at its location. Both winery and distillery tours are available Mondays through Saturdays.

Heston Farm Winery in Fairmont also includes the Pinchgut Hollow Distillery and a farm-to-table restaurant with daily lunch specials. Both red and white wines are available to taste. The distillery is the only producer of buckwheat whiskey in America. The winery, distillery, and restaurant are open every day but Sunday.

Lambert’s Vintage Wines in Weston occupies a classic hand-cut stone winery building made of stone gathered from around West Virginia. The rounded-top doors lend a European feel to the building that holds the tasting room, fireplace, and West Virginia pottery for sale. Lambert’s offers red, white, and blush varieties to enjoy by the fireplace.

Mountain Dragon Mazery makes a variety of mead products from West Virginia honey at its location near Fairmont. Its apiary by the Monongahela River supplies much of the West Virginia honey used to produce the mead.

Forks of Cheat Winery

Barrels hold a vintage waiting to be tasted at Forks of Cheat Winery and Distillery.

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