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Crab Orchard, WV (WVVA)--The property that Daniel Vineyards now sits on, was once owned by a coal company and has been in Dr. Richard Daniel's family since the 1940's.  His father ran it as a golf course, but as Dr. Daniel approached retirement he dreamt of a new start for the land.

"I looked up on that first fairway and I thought, you know, that would make a nice vineyard. I hadn't thought about it until that moment," said Dr. Daniel.  But running a vineyard in Crab Orchard didn't come without its challenges.  "It's difficult to grow grapes here because of the weather."

To find just the right fit, Dr. Daniel has experimented with 114 different varieties of grapes.  "There's an old saying that you can make lousy wine from great fruit. But you cannot make great wine from lousy fruit."

The hard work paid off and now Daniel Vineyards Wines are consistently award winners.  Visitors are encouraged to find their favorite by taking part in a wine tasting.  Dr. Daniel says, "Every grape tastes differently, some people like sweet wines, some people like dry wines."

With a glass in hand, it's time to head outdoors, and relax.  Five vineyards stretch across 192 acres, and at 2,600 feet above sea level visitors can expect a beautiful view.

Dr. Daniel also recognizes the importance of conservation, and once again, the vineyard has a chance at winning Best Conservation Farm in the state.  "Out here, conservation is everything. What are you doing with what you've got?"

Since its conception, attention to detail has been the goal at Daniel Vineyards, from the moment you step on the property, and between your first sip and your last, the experience is one of a kind.

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