In an effort to draw tourists to the Southwestern Virginia area, something is brewing... Literally. Business and community leaders gathered in Tazewell County today to unveil the "Spirits of the Clinch beer, wine, and shine" trail. The trail is meant to highlight the flourishing beverage industry in the area.
Southwestern Virginia is known for particularly high quality water, which leader attribute to the quality of the beverages produced in the area. Other leaders highlighted the significance of the Clinch River and the role it plays in hunting, fishing, and sightseeing. Leaders agreed that this trail would serve as a means to tie the different attractions in the area together and to lift local business so they too can flourish.
The trail winds through four Southwestern Virginia Counties, including Tazewell County. Two of the six stops are located in Tazewell County: Plum Creek Winery and Painted Peak Brewing Company, who hosted the event.
David Blankenship, owner of Painted Peak, told us that he was optimistic about what the trail what do to Southwestern Virginia communities. "I believe personally that we have a lot of natural beauty to share with the world and the more people we give a reason to come enjoy that and share that the more people will absolutely see what we see on a daily basis.
Brian Allison, owner of Plum Creek Winery, agreed with the optimistic sentiment and told us he expected the trail to pick up business.