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Roane Vineyards

Roane Vineyards

My next stop in Roane County was strictly for the taste buds. Located on Reedyville Road, only minutes outside of Spencer, is one of the premier destination wineries in West Virginia. Owners Paul and Anna-Neale Taylor welcome visitors for free tours and samplings of their award winning wines.

Nestled in rolling hills that offer a truly picturesque landscape, Roane Vineyards was founded in 2000 and grows between six to 10 varieties of grapes. Paul and Anna-Neale do all of their own pruning and picking. They grow at least 25% of all the grapes used to make their wine. Many of the wines are named for local places.

 

The wine selection is varied, ranging from a dry red to a sweet dessert wine. The red wines include Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Marechal Foch, Chambourcin, and Harvest Red. If a white wine is your preference, you can choose from Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Blue Goose (Gold Medal wine in 2005 West Virginia Commercial Wine competition), Noble Ridge, and Country Lane. The vineyard also offers Blush and Summer Mist.

Roane Vineyards has more than a dozen different wines and makes seasonal fruit wines as well. Some of the old fashioned wines, made from elderberries or Niagara and Concord grapes, are chosen favorites. Plum, Melomel, and raspberry are also seasonal venues that bring back the same customers over and over.

A tour and a beautiful tasting room are a nice way to spend a sunny afternoon or cool evening. The fireside seating could lend to a relaxing experience overlooking some of the state’s fabulous scenery. Make an appointment for a romantic afternoon with your sweetheart to tour the vineyards and enjoy a taste of homegrown goodness. The warm hospitality of the Taylors is truly delightful.

Roane Vineyards offers its wines at several retail centers, including Tamarack, Capital Market, and the Amish Bulk Food Store. The tasting room is available for special events and parties. Private labels can be made for special occasions or for your business if arrangements are made.

You can take a virtual tour at www.roanevineyards.com, but if you desire a little sampling of some award winning wines, call 927-3200 for a taste bud extravaganza.

 

Area Events:

 

Sept 16-17, 16th Mule and Donkey Show, Holly Gray Park, Sutton.

Sept 18-21, Clay County Golden Delicious Festival.

 

Sept 18-27, Solomon’s Secret Outdoor Drama, Dundon Hill, Clay.

 

Sept 19-21, Nature Wonder Weekend, North Bend State Park.

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