West Virginia Wine AVAs: Kanawha River Valley

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Kanawha River Valley
Kanawha River Valley AVA is located in West Virginia as part of the Ohio River Valley AVA It encompasses 64,000 acres (about 25,000 hectares) in West Virginia’s western lowlands. Most of the vineyards are planted with French-American hybrid varieties such as Seyval Blanc and Baco Noir.

Kanawha River West Virginia

Kanawha River West Virginia

Ohio River Valley
Ohio River Valley AVA is the second-largest AVA covering over 16 million acres (well over 6 million hectares) along the Ohio River in the states of Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. To its south is a humid subtropical climate; to the north a humid continental climate providing for an interesting mix. While most of the vineyards are planted in hybrids Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Riesling also grow here. Many critics say that the region is simply too large to be useful as an indication of wine typicity.

Shenandoah Valley
Shenandoah Valley AVA englobes about 2.4 million acres (almost a million hectares) in Virginia and West Virginia but almost all its grapes come from Virginia. Its best soils are rich in limestone. The local Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains create a moderate climate, drier and warmer than its neighbors. Popular grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot.

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