West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 W.Va. Division of Tourism launches new spirits page

7/2/2013
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.

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor
304-957-9312
Jacqueline.A.Proctor@wv.gov