A New Winery in Maryland
I love Thanksgiving holidays. Of course, it is not the first time I shared this sentiment. I love being with friends and family. It is a time to put our busy lives on hold and connect with our love ones. This holiday was no different. I spent Saturday afternoon with good friends visiting a winery in Maryland. We a took a trip to Winery and Vineyards at Gemeny.
We were excited to visit the recently opened venue. Gemeny opened in late Summer 2016. It is the second tasting room in Prince George’s County. Winery and Vineyards at Gemeny is in Brandywine, MD. We were warmly greeted by Bill, the winemaker and owner. The tasting room is located on his 200 acres working farms.
Gemeny offers a full tasting menu of dry white and red wines. The reds wines are made from the grapes grown at the vineyard. The white grapes are from New York. Gemeny will eventually produce its own grapes for all its white wines, making them 100% estate vineyard.
You can select white wines, red wines, or both for your tasting. I went for the white and red tasting. Tastings begin at $4.00. The full tasting is $10.00. All wines are aged in steel. Oak chips are used during the aging process for some of the wines.
My tasting began with 2014 Vidal Blanc. The Vidal Blanc was pale yellow, with a floral nose, crisp green apples and honeydew on the palate, medium acid and finish. We continued with 2014 vintages of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Traminette. My favorite was the Pinot Gris. The Pinot Gris was made in a traditional Italian style with notes of citrus, lemon and hints of mineral, with medium acid and finish. The tasting continued with 2014 vintages of unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon, Rougeon and Norton. It is refreshing to see Rougeon and Norton on the tasting menu. They are a challenge to grow but these two grapes thrive in Southern Maryland’s humid and hot climate.
The tasting was topped off with a mulled wine. Mulled wine is a warm slightly sweet, spiced wine. It was a perfect ending on a brisk fall afternoon. Make sure you ask for it.
Gemeny is opened on weekends from 10 am – 6pm. Starting Black Friday open Every Friday from November 25th – December 16th from 1pm – 8pm. Gemeny Winery will be closing for the winter season starting on Dec. 19 and will re-open on March 3rd.
Welcome Gemeny to Maryland wine.
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