Sparkling Wines in Maryland
Sparkling wines are synonymous with celebrations. And this time of year is no different to punctuate your holiday events with bubbles. Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco immediately come to mind when you are making your wine selections. Wait… before you grab an European selection, look a little closer to home. Maryland sparkling wines are available in various styles.
“Elk Run Vineyards, Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery, Great Shoals Winery Old Westminster Winery each offer a Blanc de Blanc (traditional dry sparkling wine), while Cygnus Wine Cellars produces a Blanc de Blanc plus four other sparkling wines in various styles. Knob Hall Winery offers white and rosé versions, and Crow Vineyards offers a Sparkling Vidal. Slack Winery offers five different sparkling wines, Fiore Winery offers a Prosecco and St. Michaels Winery has introduced Bubbly Wobbler, a sparkling addition to its Gollywobbler line of sweet wines.” according to Ms. Rebecca Dulka, Maryland Wine Association representative, in 2015 Maryland Offers Wide Variety of Sparkling Wines article. Old Westminster Winery introduced a Gruner Vetliner sparkling this year, a departure from the traditional grapes used in Maryland.
Sparkling wines are not limited to grapes. Maryland’s cider producers are making noteworthy bubbles. Distillery Lane Ciderworks makes a delightful Apple Cherry wine. A must try and welcomed addition.
Where You Can Find Maryland’s Sparkling Wines & Ciders*
- Bordeleau Vineyards & Winery, Eden: bordeleauwine.com
- Crow Farm and Vineyard, Kennedyville: crowfarmmd.com
- Cygnus Wine Cellars, Manchester: cygnuswinecellars.com
- Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Jefferson: distillerylane.com
- Elk Run Vineyard and Winery, Mt. Airy: elkrun.com
- Fiore Winery, Plyesville: fiore.com
- Great Shoals Winery, Princess Anne; tasting room, Silver Spring: greatshoals.com
- Knob Hall Vineyard, Clear Spring: knobhall.com
- St. Michael’s Winery, St. Michael: stmichaels.com
- Old Westminster Winery, Westminster: oldwestminster.com
- Slack Wines and Vineyards, Ridge: slackwine.com
- Springfield Manor, Thurmont: springfieldmanor.com
*Not a complete list
Most recently, Vino 301 staff attended the Wine in the Woods festival on May 17, 2015. The Wine in the Woods festival was held on May 16 and 17 on a beautiful sunny day in Columbia, MD . The upbeat atmosphere and music allowed for the diverse crowd to enjoy each other’s company, a day well spent sipping on wine and mingling with one another. The park was packed with all sorts of wine lovers, from novice to grand tasters. Wine in the Woods is the unofficial kick off of the Maryland Wine Festival Season. If you have been hibernating all wine along, this is your chance to taste what is new in Maryland .
Here are a wineries and wines that caught our attention.
Red Heifer Company
If you prefer sweeter wines than Red Heifer is the place for you. This winery in Smithsburg, MD specializes in making sweet wines. Although they have only been in operation for a little less than three years, their wines attracted a large crowd.
Bordeleau Winery is located right outside the eastern shore between Salisbury and Princess Anne. The owner, Tom Shelton, shared with us how he has recently moved away from making vintage wines because he found difficulty with keeping the flavors consistent. Since he has moved away from making vintage wines, Tom says the quality and consistency of his wines has improved.
Orchid Cellar Winery
Located in Middletown, the Orchid Cellar Winery manufactures unique honey based wines. Their honey based wine creates a thick, sweet, and rich flavor that is loved by all. The honey cinnamon wine was a big hit at Wine in the Woods this past weekend. People flocked to Orchid Cellars tasting post because of the distinctive flavors they offer.
Wine In the Woods was a great start to a summer filled with great wine festivals. We look forward to another summer of delicious wine, tasty food and good music you will find at the festivals. Make sure you look for Vino 301 Tour Ambassadors and our fantastic interns at this summer’s events. Here is a schedule of upcoming events in Maryland 2015 Maryland Wine Festivals Schedule