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“A good stopping place”
Review of Heston Farm

Heston Farm
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Fairmont
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Our 220-acre farm, along the banks of the Tygart River, is filled with the ageless quality of farm life and will take you back to a simpler time. Enjoy wine and whiskey tastings, tours, farm-to-table food, live music, unique gifts, and special events. Our pavilions are open May through October for weddings, reunions, graduation, picnics, festivals and more. Our meeting and event rooms are open year-round. Call or email for more information.
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“A good stopping place”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

We stopped here on our travels. Didn't do the tastings because it was 6 dollars and you get a souvenir glass. Did have lunch. The chicken salad sandwich was very good, however the kitchen is so small that it is quite slow! If it crowded expect to wait! My husband got served the wrong meal and it took a half hour to get the right one. So just keep that in mind if you are on a schedule. But good place to stretch your legs,

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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“Can't say I'd recommend it”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

Good food, strange atmosphere, interesting items available for purchase. Most patrons seemed to be hippies or cowboy hat wearers. Might be your scene, but I prefer to stay away from the fringes.

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New York
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“Worth the short trip off the highway”
Reviewed January 10, 2012

We stumbled upon this place on a holiday roadtrip. After driving for quite a bit and seeing the highway signs, we decided to take a chance and exit the highway. We had hoped to pick up some moonshine as a unique gift for a friend but it was Sunday and they could only sell wine or tap beer.

We sampled the wine selection and found that most of them were pretty pleasing. We sampled the moonshine and really had nothing to compare it too. The man in the group enjoyed the purer forms while I, the woman, enjoy the fruitier flavors.

The gentleman behind the counter seemed nice enough and was willing to talk about the catering business and suggested we take a trip upstairs to see the building. It seemed like a really great place to have a small gathering with a fireplace and neat chairs from barrels and other "farm" type implements.

Visited January 2012
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Fairmont, West Virginia
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139 reviews
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“Great Merlot and weekend music in great setting”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

Heston Farm Winery and Pinchgut Hollow Distillery are two sides of the same coin; housed in the same facility. This is a local, family owned and operated business. The facility is located on the 220 acre family farm from which comes the name of the winery and the origin of the wine label themes. Newly opened in the spring of 2011, this first-rate facility has quickly gained local popularity and has become a destination place on a much wider scale. Located conveniently only about one (1) mile off of I-79, Exit 135 (Pleasant Valley exit at Fairmont, WV) at 1602 Tulip Lane; follow the signs. They are open seven (7) days a week (no whiskey sales on Sunday): Mon – Thurs, 9 am – 6 pm; Fri – Sat, 9 am – 8 pm; and Sunday, 1 pm – 6 pm. The phone number is (304) 534 – 2516.

The winery currently offers seven (7) wines, expanding from an original four (4) offerings since opening last spring. The wines run from sweet and semi-sweet farm wines to their premium dry Chardonnay and Merlot, aged in French oak. A wine tasting is $4 which includes a souvenir wine glass and whiskey tasting. The cheerful wine labels celebrate the animals of Heston Farm and each has its’ own colorful story behind it. Mick Heston, whose dream and drive created the winery and distillery, is best to relay the stories. Ask him about Jade, the retired bomb dog who served in Iraq and is now a full time resident.

The basic menu includes Panini, traditional sandwiches, and sides. The sandwiches are mostly in the $6 to $7 range and to make a platter with baked beans and slaw is $2 more. The menu sometimes offers “specialty” items such as Mickey’s homemade soup beans and cornbread or other items. Just ask. The staff is friendly, helpful, and informative. They also offer Bud Lite and two (2) hand-crafted micro brews from the Mountain State Brewery for those who enjoy beer with a meal.

The Heston family and staff have created a great destination place for wine and whiskey tastings, country-style food, concerts, and special events. The facilities offer public & private tastings and tours; meeting and dining rooms and pavilion facilities are available to rent for meetings, conferences and special events to include weddings; and weekend concerts from a wide variety of artists and musical styles are offered most weekends all year around. Check their Facebook page for the current concert schedule. Weather permitting, the concerts are held outside in the courtyard which features a stage and many mementos from past farm life and local history as well as rustic metal sculptures of farm animals. In fact, one may run across one of the larger-than-life rustic sculptures about anywhere around the property, they seem to be multiplying. The tasting room, meeting rooms, and lounge are themed with bygone era farm memories and mementos such as uniquely designed stools of metal tractor seats with pitchfork supported backrests atop of ax-handle legs.

As with most of my favorite places, this is a leisurely place. Don’t be in a hurry. Take your time and enjoy the creative farm-themed ambiance that has been so thoughtfully fashioned here. The atmosphere is as enjoyable as the wines. The combination of great wine, food, music, and friends is a great recipe for a good time. Also don’t forget about the distillery!

Visited January 2012
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Fairmont, West Virginia
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139 reviews
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“Buckwheat Moonshine - unique spirits in unique bottles”
Reviewed December 31, 2011

Pinchgut Hollow Distillery and Heston Farm Winery are two sides of the same coin; housed in the same facility. Both are local, family owned and operated businesses. The common facility is located on the 220 acre family farm. Newly opened in the spring of 2011, this first-rate facility has quickly gained local popularity and has become a destination place on a much wider scale. Located conveniently only about one (1) mile off of I-79, Exit 135 (Pleasant Valley exit at Fairmont, WV) at 1602 Tulip Lane; follow the signs. They are open seven (7) days a week (no whiskey sales on Sunday): Mon – Thurs, 9 am – 6 pm; Fri – Sat, 9 am – 8 pm; and Sunday, 1 pm – 6 pm. The phone number is (304) 534 – 2516.

The distillery currently offers four (4) spirits: straight Moonshine, Honey Peach Moonshine, Apple Pie Moonshine, and Buckwheat Moonshine. The uniquely designed bottles are shaped like a pig standing on its head – guess where the cork goes? You should ask Mickey Heston or his son Michael, whose dreams and drive created the enterprise, about the stories behind the bottles and the recipes. All ingredients are natural, and no artificial flavorings are used. I’m amazed of how they can get the Apple Pie Moon to taste like apple pie. The Buckwheat Moonshine is reputed to be legally licensed and made in only three (3) places in the world; one in France, one in Japan, and the Pinchgut Hollow Distillery. The buckwheat is homegrown in WV. The Hestons are continually experimenting and coming up with new concoctions. I believe that hot pepper moonshine is in the development stages and may be available in the near future.

After whetting the appetite with a tasting session (tasting is $4 and includes the wines and a souvenir wine glass), the basic menu includes Panini, traditional sandwiches, and sides. The sandwiches are mostly in the $6 to $7 range and to make a platter with baked beans and slaw is $2 more. The menu sometimes offers “specialty” items such as Mickey’s homemade soup beans and cornbread or other items. Just ask. The staff is friendly, helpful, and informative. They also offer Bud Lite and two (2) hand-crafted micro brews from the Mountain State Brewery for those who enjoy beer with a meal.

The Heston family and staff have created a great destination place for spirit tastings, country-style food, concerts, and special events. Weekend concerts from a wide variety of artists and musical styles are offered most weekends all year around. Check their Facebook page under “Heston Farm” for the current concert schedule. Weather permitting, the concerts are held outside in the courtyard which features a stage and many mementos from past farm life and local history as well as rustic metal sculptures of farm animals. The tasting room, meeting rooms, and lounge are themed with bygone era farm memories and mementos such as uniquely designed stools of metal tractor seats with pitchfork supported backrests atop of ax-handle legs.

As with most of my favorite places, this is a leisurely place. Don’t be in a hurry. Take your time and enjoy the creative farm-themed ambiance that has been so thoughtfully fashioned here. The atmosphere is leisurely and relaxed. The combination of great spirits, food, music, and friends is a great recipe for a good time. And besides… you can taste and purchase one of the most unique spirits in the world, West Virginia Buckwheat Moon!

Visited December 2011
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