7-2-13 Division of Tourism launches new spirits page

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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 www.wvtourism.com/spirits. 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.
“Spirits are a growing part of the agritourism market here in West Virginia,” Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver said. “We want to encourage people who are interested in this particular subject to visit the makers of these hand-crafted spirits and learn more about what they have to offer.”
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.
“We appreciate the commitment and hard work involved in the development, nurturing and creation of this segment of our economy and the positive impact it has on West Virginia’s tourism industry,” said Keith Burdette, Secretary of Commerce. “The owners and crafters at each of these businesses take great pride in offering outstanding products with its own West Virginia signature that appeals to a variety of tastes.”
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 www.wvtourism.com/spirits and click on the state map to find wineries, breweries and distilleries located near them.
For more information on tourism or to order a free 2013 West Virginia Official State Travel Guide, visit the West Virginia Division of Tourism online at www.wvtourism.com of contact 1-800 CALL WVA.

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