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Discover Maryland’s Wine Trails

Discover Maryland’s Wine Trails

 

Maryland’s wine industry has experienced rapid growth over the past few years.  So much so,  I joke there is probably a vineyard a few blocks from you during Vino 301’s wine tours.  Every county has a vineyard.  Almost every county has a wine tasting room including Baltimore City.  Yes, Baltimore city has a tasting room.  Howard county is the only county that does not have a winery tasting room.  Maryland’s wine industry growth  is an impressive fact considering there were less than 30 wineries 20 years ago… now over 80.

Maryland’s vineyards and wineries are along  seven wine trails. Over the next several weeks, Vino 301 will take a journey along each trail and highlight the splendor of each trail.   Let’s discover Maryland’s wine trails.

 

Maryland’ Wine Trails

The Maryland Wine Association (MWA) established seven trails:

Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (Western Maryland)

Capital Wine Trail (Washington Beltway – Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties)

Carroll Wine Trail (Central Maryland – Carroll County)

Chesapeake Wine Trail (Eastern Shore)

Frederick Wine Trail (Central Maryland – Frederick County)

Patuxent Wine Trail (Anne Arundel County and Southern Maryland)

Piedmont Wine Trail (Central Maryland – Baltimore County)

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Antietam Highlands Wine Trail

Antietam Highlands is Maryland’s westernmost trail.  The trail’s name is inspired by the historical Antietam battlefields.  The Antietam National Battlefields commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Antietam.   The Trail spans from Deep Creek to Hagerstown.  This region is ideal for growing grapes.   It’s high elevations and cool evenings are the perfect for cultivating grapes. The grapes in this area is the source for many wineries in the state.  Wineries throughout the state purchase grapes from vineyards in this area.

 

Although Antietam has ideal growing conditions, there are not many tasting rooms along the trail.  A cidery and meadery are among the wineries.  Similar methods of make cider and mead are share with wine making; and therefore included in Maryland’s winery count. The wineries are small in production and size, except for Big Cork Vineyard and Knob Hall Vineyard.  They are the quintessential boutique wineries.  Their wines are not widely distributed outside of the state.  So, I encourage you if you find a wine you like buy it.  It may be difficult to locate later.

The tasting rooms have limited staff.  If you are travelling with a group, I would encourage you to call before you arrive.  Do not let the size discourage you from visiting.  You will receive personal attention and care.  You will learn about about the winemakers’ philosophy and style.

There are many orchids in this region, so you can incorporate apple picking and other outdoor activities during your wine tasting adventures.  Late summer and early fall are extremely scenic along the byways and hiking trails.

 

Capital Wine Trail

The Capital Wine Trail is the newest trail.  The wineries are located Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.  You can get the best of the countryside and urban experiences when you visit Montgomery’s wineries.  Because Montgomery county borders the Nation’s Capital, people forgot there are agriculture areas in the County.  The vineyards are in the northern part of the County.  Rockland Farms, a traditional farm,  added grapes to their farm.  They began growing grapes and producing wine near Poolsville, MD.

But if you are not interested in traveling to the countryside,  you can stay in the urban areas.  Montgomery county wineries popularizes the “urban winery” concept.   Wineries are in city centers like Silver Spring, MD.   The grapes and juices are purchased from local and international vineyards. The wine is made onsite.

Maryland’s newest wineries are in Prince George’s County.  The latest winery is opening fall 2017.  Brandywine, MD is home to many of Prince George’s County vineyards.  Former tobacco farms are now thriving vineyards.  The wineries are close in proximity, so you can visit them all in the same day.

 

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Chesapeake Wine Trail

The Chesapeake Wine Trail is the most diverse trail.  The trail spans from the northernmost part of Maryland bordering Delaware and Pennsylvania to the southernmost part of the state bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Virginia.  The climate and terroir vary in this region.  Micro-climates exist producing very distinctive wines.  Grape growers are able to achieve success with grapes, like Barbera,  that are challenging to grow in the rest of the state.

Similar to the Antietam Highland trail, the tasting rooms are uniquely apportioned and charming.  Many venues welcome visitors by appointment.   Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery and Chateau Bu-De Winery & Vineyard are the exception and are large estates.   People perceive the Eastern Shore as only a summer place to visit.  However, the wineries and vineyards are opened year-round. There are so many places to see and to enjoy tastings. Take a long weekend trip along the shore to enjoy its diversity.

Our journey continues next week.  We will discuss the other four trails.  Join our mailing list to receive the Discover Maryland’s Wine Trail series.


 

Maryland Wine Passport Experience FAQs

2016 Maryland Passport Experience Guided Tour FAQs 

Vino 301 is participating in the 2016 Passport Experience. The Passport Experience sound like a fun thing to do, but you still have questions?  We are happy to answer your questions.   Here are some answers to questions you may have. 
  • What comes with your Passport ticket?  Ticket holders will be privy to a free wine tasting and  behind-the-scene experience at each winery, a commemorative wine glass and 10% off all bottles that are just too good to leave without.  It also gets you discounts and promotions to several local attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers so you may fully immerse yourself in all that each region has to offer.

 

  • How often can I use the Passport ticket?  You can use the Passport on all four days.

 

  • How much is Passport ticket? $25.00 per person. You buy your Passport ticket directly from the  Maryland Wine Passport Experience.   The ticket grants you access to all participating vineyards and wineries over both weekends.

 

  • Will I have to buy a Passport ticket and Vino 301 ticket?  Yes.

 

  • What is the difference between the Passport ticket and Vino 301 ticket?  Passport ticket is your tasting pass.  The ticket grants you access to all participating vineyards and wineries over both weekends. Vino 301 is your transportation and guided tour pass.

 

  • What do I get with the Vino 301 ticket? 
    • Transportation to ALL 6 wine trails
    • Knowledgeable and fun Tour Ambassador & driver
    • Light snacks & beverages

 

  • Does Vino 301 have weekend passes?  Yes.  You can buy a single day or weekend pass.

 

  • Can you mix trail passes when you purchase a Vino 301 weekend pass? Yes.  For example,  you can go along the Patuxent Wine Trail on Saturday and Chesapeake Wine Trail on Sunday.

 

  • How long is the Vino 301 wine tour? 12 noon – 6 pm

 

  • Will Vino 301 go to all 6 Wine Trails?  Yes

 

  • Where are the pick up locations?
    • Big Cork Vineyard (Antietam Highlands Wine Trail)
    • Linganore Wine Cellars (Carroll Wine Trail)
    • Clovelly Vineyard (Chesapeake Wine Trail – Saturday)
    • Casinelli Vineyard (Chesapeake Wine Trail – Sunday)
    • The Winery at Olney (Frederick Wine Trail)
    • Port of Leonardtown (Patuxent Wine Trail – Saturday)
    • Fridays Creek Winery (Patuxent Wine Trail – Sunday)
    • Boordy Vineyard (Piedmont Wine Trail – Saturday)
    • Fiore Vineyard (Piedmont Wine Trail- Sunday)

 

  • What time should I arrive at the pick up location? We recommend arriving at the pick location between 11:00 am and 11:30 am.  You can begin your tasting at the first location before we depart to the other vineyards.  We will be departing at 12:00 noon.

 

  • What wineries and vineyards are participating?

Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (Washington County)

  • Big Cork Vineyards
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • Orchid Cellar
  • Winery Knob Hall Winery
  • Red Heifer Winery

Carroll Wine Trail (Carroll County)

  • Cygnus Wine Cellars
  • Serpent Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Chesapeake Wine Trail (Kent, Cecil, Queen Anne, and Talbot Counties)

  • Cassinelli Winery
  • Clovelly Vineyard
  • Crow Farm
  • Layton’s Chance Vineyard
  • St. Michael’s Winery
  • Triple Creek Winery
  • Turkey Point Vineyard

Frederick Wine Trail (Montgomery and Frederick Counties)

  • Great Shoals Winery
  • Linganore Wine Cellars
  • Rockland Farm Winery
  • The Winery at Olney

Patuxent Wine Trail (Prince George’s, Calvert, St. Mary’s Counties)

  • Cove Point Winery
  • Fridays Creek Vineyard & Winery
  • Perigeaux Vineyard & Winey
  • Port of Leonardtown
  • Romano Vineyard & Winery
  • Running Hare Vineyard
  • Slack Vineyard
  • Solomons Island Winery

Piedmont Wine Trail (Baltimore and Harford Counties)

  • Boordy Vineyards
  • Dejon Vineyard
  • Fiore Winery
  • Harford Vineyard & Winery
  • Millstone Cellars
  • Royal Rabbit Vineyards
  • Woodhall Wine Cellars

Still have questions not answered here.  Do not hesitate to post them on our blog, or email us at info@vino301.  We will respond timely. You can also Tweet  your questions to #ASKMDWine.  

Hopefully, we will see you along one of MD’s wine trails.  Cheers! 

Maryland Wine Passport Experience FAQs

Maryland Passport Experience FAQs 

Does the Passport Experience sound like a fun thing to do, but you still have questions?  We are happy to answer your questions.   Here are some answers to questions you may have. 
  • What comes with your Passport ticket?  Ticket holders will be privy to a free wine tasting and  behind-the-scene experience at each winery, a commemorative wine glass and 10% off all bottles that are just too good to leave without.  It also gets you discounts and promotions to several local attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers so you may fully immerse yourself in all that each region has to offer.

 

  • How often can I use the Passport ticket?  You can use the Passport on all four days.

 

  • How much is Passport ticket? $25.00 per person. You buy your Passport ticket directly from the  Maryland Wine Passport Experience.   The ticket grants you access to all participating vineyards and wineries over both weekends.
  • Will I have to buy a Passport ticket and Vino 301 ticket?  Yes.

 

  •  What is the difference between the Passport ticket and Vino 301 ticket?  Passport ticket is your tasting pass.  The ticket grants you access to all participating vineyards and wineries over both weekends. Vino 301 is your transportation and guided tour pass.

 

 

  • Does Vino 301 have weekend passes?  Yes.  You can buy a single day or weekend pass.

 

 

  • How long is the Vino 301 wine tour? 12 noon – 6 pm

 

  • Will Vino 301 go to all 6 Wine Trails?  Yes

 

  • What wineries and vineyards are participating?

Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (Washington County)

  • Big Cork Vineyards
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • Orchid Cellar
  • Winery Knob Hall Winery
  • Red Heifer Winery

Carroll Wine Trail (Carroll County)

  • Cygnus Wine Cellars
  • Serpent Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Chesapeake Wine Trail (Kent, Cecil, Queen Anne, and Talbot Counties)

  • Cassinelli Winery
  • Clovelly Vineyard
  • Crow Farm
  • Layton’s Chance Vineyard
  • St. Michael’s Winery
  • Triple Creek Winery
  • Turkey Point Vineyard

Frederick Wine Trail (Montgomery and Frederick Counties)

  • Great Shoals Winery
  • Linganore Wine Cellars
  • Rockland Farm Winery
  • The Winery at Olney

Patuxent Wine Trail (Prince George’s, Calvert, St. Mary’s Counties)

  • Cove Point Winery
  • Fridays Creek Vineyard & Winery
  • Perigeaux Vineyard & Winey
  • Port of Leonardtown
  • Romano Vineyard & Winery
  • Running Hare Vineyard
  • Slack Vineyard
  • Solomons Island Winery

Piedmont Wine Trail (Baltimore and Harford Counties)

  • Boordy Vineyards
  • Dejon Vineyard
  • Fiore Winery
  • Harford Vineyard & Winery
  • Millstone Cellars
  • Royal Rabbit Vineyards
  • Woodhall Wine Cellars

Still have questions not answered here.  Do not hesitate to post them on our blog.  We will respond timely. You can also Tweet  your questions to #ASKMDWine.  

Hopefully, we will see you along one of MD’s wine trails.  Cheers! 

VINO 301 WINE CONCIERGE PARTNERS WITH MARYLAND WINE ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE GUIDED TOURS TO MD VINEYARDS

Maryland Passport Experience

This is not your average wine tour!   Maryland Wine Association  Passport Experience gets you exclusive access to all of the participating wineries on any of the 6 Maryland wine trails February 21 – 22 and February 28 – March 1, 2015.  Ticket holders will be privy to a free wine tasting and  behind-the-scene experience at each winery, a commemorative wine glass and 10% off all bottles that are just too good to leave without.  It also gets you discounts and promotions to several local attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers so you may fully immerse yourself in all that each region has to offer. You purchase your Passport ticket directly from the Maryland Wine Association Passport Experience.   The ticket grants you access to all participating vineyards and wineries over both weekends.

Vino 301 Guided Tours for Maryland Passport Experience


Vino 301 Wine Concierge is your personal guide along the Passport Experience wine trails.   We are happy to partner with Passport Experience and provide a guided tour to ALL six Maryland wine trails. Enjoy your adventure to Maryland’s wine country without worrying about driving.

 

Your tour is lead by Vino 301 Tour Ambassador. Vino 301 provides the transportation  and a light snacks during ride so  you experience the rich and unique culture that each region has to offer.  Your journey begins when we pick you up at designated location and your adventures begins enjoying locally-produced wine.  Participate purchase an $60 ticket with Vino 301 Wine Concierge at Passport Experience Guided Tour Tickets

Maryland Wine Trails & Participating Vineyards

Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (Washington County)

  • Big Cork Vineyards
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • Orchid Cellar
  • Winery Knob Hall Winery
  • Red Heifer Winery

Carroll Wine Trail (Carroll County)

  • Cygnus Wine Cellars
  • Serpent Ridge Vineyard & Winery

Chesapeake Wine Trail (Kent, Cecil, Queen Anne, and Talbot Counties)

  • Cassinelli Winery
  • Clovelly Vineyard
  • Crow Farm
  • Layton’s Chance Vineyard
  • St. Michael’s Winery
  • Triple Creek Winery
  • Turkey Point Vineyard

Frederick Wine Trail (Montgomery and Frederick Counties)

  • Great Shoals Winery
  • Linganore Wine Cellars
  • Rockland Farm Winery
  • The Winery at Olney

Patuxent Wine Trail (Prince George’s, Calvert, St. Mary’s Counties)

  • Cove Point Winery
  • Fridays Creek Vineyard & Winery
  • Perigeaux Vineyard & Winey
  • Port of Leonardtown
  • Romano Vineyard & Winery
  • Running Hare Vineyard
  • Slack Vineyard
  • Solomons Island Winery

Piedmont Wine Trail (Baltimore and Harford Counties)

  • Boordy Vineyards
  • Dejon Vineyard
  • Fiore Winery
  • Harford Vineyard & Winery
  • Millstone Cellars
  • Royal Rabbit Vineyards
  • Woodhall Wine Cellars

Chesapeake Wine Trail

Maryland wine region is growing along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “Six wine trails now lace Maryland’s countryside and the Chesapeake Wine Trail on the Eastern Shore is poised to play a significant part in the new Vintage Atlantic Wine Region, along with Delaware, Pennsylvania, and southern New Jersey,” according to the Talbot Spy. You can travel along the Chesapeake Wine Trail and try wines from 14 vineyards and wineries. Vino 301 can arrange a wine tour for you and your group to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. For more information check out Talbot Spy article. Maryland’s Chesapeake Wine Trail

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