Top 10 Craft Distilleries in the Appalachian Region

Axe Handle Distilling

A family-owned distillery in the Appalachian Mountains, specializing in bourbon whiskey, rye whiskey, and American gin using locally sourced grains.

MountainRose Vineyards

Located in the heart of coal country, this vineyard surprises visitors with award-winning wines, replacing the region's coal mining history.

Vincent's Vineyard

A 6th generation family-owned vineyard in Lebanon, offering exquisite wines including Cabernet Franc and Chardonel, and hosting various events.

Big Cherry Brewing

Big Stone Gap's first brewery, offering a variety of regional craft brews and mixed drinks using water from Big Cherry Lake.

Plum Creek Winery

Tazewell County's first and only winery, known for its variety of fruit wines and specialty wine "Dragon's Treasure."

Oak and Grist Distilling Company

A grain-to-glass North Carolina craft whiskey and gin distillery, using locally grown barley and celebrating Appalachian artisans.

Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine

Produces authentic moonshine in Gilbert, WV, following a 150-year-old family recipe and using locally sourced corn.

Smooth Ambler Spirits

A grain-to-glass distillery in WV, making classic spirits including bourbon and gin, focusing on local employment and community impact.

Appalachian Distillery

Known for its mashing process that extracts flavor and natural sugar from grains, producing spirits like Sour Mash Corn Whiskey and Single Barrel Bourbon.

Still Hollow Spirits

Specializes in rare botanical infusions and traditional mountain whiskeys in the high Allegheny Mountains, offering unique spirits like ginseng moonshine