The relatively warm climate at the vineyard site near Keyser enables us to grow vinifera and French-American hybrids, allowing us to make wines very unique to West Virginia. We offer tours, tastings and sales by appointment or take a chance. We are open most days and non-festival weekends. Operating Schedule: Most days and non-festival weekends Tours and Tastings Available by appointment
I reached out to the folks and told them a general timeframe when I expected to be coming through town. They were accommodating and told me to come on through. Their tasting area is located in their basement, and the magic happens in a garage space detached from the home.
Potomac Highland Winery was founded in 1992 by Dr. Charles Whitehill and is located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. The region's terrain provides an idyllic setting as well as an advantageous micro-climate for grape growing. Known for producing fine table wines, Dr. Whitehill along with his wife Becky and son Rhoades still oversee every aspect of production— from the harvesting of the grapes to the final bottling of the wine. The result of their labors has been award winning wines of remarkable consistency that have won the praise of both the public and fellow winemakers.
Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Riesling, Golden Apple are available in white; Chambourcin, Meritage, Pinot Noir, Sweet Spiced are available in red; and Seyval Blush in Blush.
Located in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, Potomac Highland Winery's vineyard consists of gently sloping hills. The abundance of shale in the soil gives this region a similar "terrior" to that of Germany although the climate is drier. A Late summer/early fall drought usually provides an advantageous stressing of the vines resulting in a concentration of the grape sugars.
I loved the pinot noir! So, I had to have a bottle to take home - and a keepsake wine glass! Have you visited the winery? What's your favorite wine?