Morgan County’s only winery is now up and running in Cold Run Valley in Berkeley Springs.
Dale Carlisle’s Cold Run Valley Winery has been open for four months and he can’t keep up with demand for his fruit wines – including apple, strawberry, black raspberry, blueberry, peach and mixed fruit.
He grows many of the berries on his own property.
Carlisle is open to suggestions for other types of wine. He said three people have already suggested paw paw wine.
He plans on expanding his winery to include a pizza oven, an events center and a post and beam barn that can host weddings.
A home builder for most of his adult life, Carlisle and his wife Natalie, who works at the Post Office in Great Cacapon, moved to Berkeley Springs in 1992.
Carlisle says he’s been making wine for himself for more than 25 years.
When he decided to open a winery, he looked to the Virginia wineries for advice.
“But the wineries in Virginia wouldn’t help me,” Carlisle said. “They were so snobbish. But I came across a winery in Weston, West Virginia – Lambert’s. Those people were so nice – down home West Virginia hospitality. And they were very helpful. Lambert’s is my mentor.”
Carlisle says he gets much of his business from people just driving by.
“Many people come in from Pennsylvania,” Carlisle says. From Virginia? “Not so much,” he says.