Wine Trails & Tasting Events
Wine’ing Maryland is your personal calendar of wine tasting activities in Maryland occurring over the weekend. The upcoming weekend’s events are published every Thursday. Send us your event or share events with us and we will posted. Click here to Contact Us Check out Soup and Wine Tasting and many more events that can be a part of your weekend.
Type of Activities
- Free Activities
- Charitable Events
- Family Events
- Arts & Crafts
- Food & Wine Tasting Events
January 5 – January 8, 2017 EVENTS
January 6, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
January 6, 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
January 7 -8, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
January 7, 1:00pm – 5:00 pm
January 7-8, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Prince Frederick, MD
ARTS & CRAFTS
FOOD & WINE TASTING EVENTS
January 6, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
January 7- 8, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Maryland’s Wine Country Fall Foliage Excursions
Delighted Maryland’s hot and humid summer is behind us; cooler days are gradually becoming our norm. As the air turns cool and crisp, this region’s fall displays unforgettable foliage. Maryland’s Wine Country is the perfect back drop to view the leaves changing. October and November are peak season months. Vino 301’s wine tours are idea for fall foliage viewing from the comfort of the car. We spotlight a few tours and wines to sample.
Westminster Region Wine Tour & Wine, Beer and Spirits: Beverage Adventure
Westminster Region Wine Tour expands beyond Westminster, MD. Westminster is the most eastern point of the region and reaches west as far as Big Cork Vineyard (Rohrersville, MD). Big Cork Vineyard looks upon the mountains in Washington County. The tasting room has breath taking views. Enjoy sipping on Viognier during your visit. Viognier has become Maryland’s “IT” grape this season. You will find it in several tasting rooms across the state. Big Cork does it extremely well. Viognier is clear and burgeoning on golden yellow. It is a dry wine with medium acid. Immediately, aromas of apricot, peaches, and floral notes are detected. Pear and honeysuckle are on the palate. The finish is long and you cannot wait to take another sip. It is a very good wine.
Wine, Beer and Spirits: Beverage Adventure is Vino 301’s newest tour in the Westminster Region. This is a journey takes you Mt. Airy to Thurmont, MD. You travel through the rolling hills and you are at the foot of the Catoctin Mountains. Travel in comfort as you literally drink in local wine, beer, spirits, history and culture of Maryland’s beverage industry. You can select any combination of wine, beer, and spirits at the two vineyards we are visiting. Your tour begins when Vino 301 pick’s you up at one of our designated pick up locations. Your tasting adventure starts at Linganore Winecellars and Red Shedman Farm Brewery & Hop Yard. Linganore Wincellars is one of Maryland’s largest vineyards and home to Maryland’s newest brewery. Vino 301 completes the tour at Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery. Springfield Manor offers fine wines, gin, rum and vodka.
Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid grape, has become Maryland’s native grape. Springfield Manor’s Chambourcin 2013 is a favorite to have during autumn. It is a clean, ruby red dry wine. By its color alone, you would expect high tannin. Your expectations would be wrong. It has medium tannins and acid, and traditional black fruit characteristics like black berries and currants. Vanilla and clove spices on the nose. When Springfield first opened and released its first Chambourcin vintage was fair and had room for improvement. Its current vintage is very good is shows complexity and winemaking maturity.
Patapsco Region Wine Tour & Chocolate and Wine Tour
Patapsco Region takes you to the heart of horse country in Baltimore County. The drive through this region is an array of spectacular tree-scape roads of yellow, orange and red. It is the perfect back drop to wine tasting. Along this trail is Boordy Vineyard. Boordy Vineyard’s Landmark Albariño 2015 was the 2016 Governor’s Cup Winner. There is an emergence Albariño in Maryland you see in western Maryland as well as Baltimore. Boordy’s wine is a medium bodied, with notes fresh green apples, and grapefruit. Clean, pale yellow appearance is crisp on the palate. Albariño typically high in acid, the Boordy Vineyard wine has medium acid. It is a very good wine.
The Chocolate Wine Tour is located in the Patapsco Region. Vino 301 visits Parfections (Cockeysville, MD). Parfections chocolate truffles and bark are paired with Maryland wine. The wines served are selected from regions across the state. As we like to say, “Your chocolate pairing is a trip through Maryland’s wine country without leaving your seat.” Parfections truffles are seasonal. They have flavors like pumpkin spice, cranberry and walnut, and many more truffles. Not to worry, they have the favorites like chocolate mousse, honeycomb, and dipped bacon in chocolate.
Always on the hunt for good wine, I heard rumors about a new vineyard opening near Mt. Airy, MD. I headed west to confirm the rumors. Stopping at Serpent Ridge Vineyard and Black Ankle Vineyard during my quest, I asked the tasting room staff if they knew about this new place. Some heard the same rumor but did not know the name of the new winery in Frederick, MD . Finally, I found one person who had a name…New Market Plains. But, she was not quite sure of its location. Armed with Google Maps, I was confident I could find it.
Minutes away from Mt. Airy, New Market Plains Vineyard is located in New Market, MD. The entrance is not obvious. The Vineyard shares the same road with Adventure Park USA. The road appears to dead ends, but it is actually the beginning of its driveway. Success, the rumors are true! (Hint: If you are using GPS, you should enter Monrovia, MD instead. The GPS may not locate the Vineyard if you use New Market, MD.)
When you enter the property, modern day noises are blocked out and you are taken back in time. The farm dates back to the 1700s and many of the original buildings remain intact. You forget New Market Plains is nettled between a major highway and a business park.
New Market Plains’s wines are all estate wines. Its first vintage was harvested in 2014 and bottled in April 2015. The first release included Chardonnay, Rich Forest Chardonnay and Rosé. Both Chardonnays are from the same vineyard. The Rich Forest Chardonnay was aged in oak and the other in steel. The Rich Forest has a very distinct character and is appealing to the palate. The wines are sophisticated and well-balance considering this is New Markets first vintage. The Rosé is a blend of reds. Its color is strikingly bold. I expected the nose to be fruity, but it was floral. The taste was reminiscent of a French Syrah Rosé. It is perfect to drink year-round. There wines are reasonably priced. ($25.00)
Sue and Howard proudly display the vineyard’s 2015 Governor’s Cup Silver Medal. An impressive feat for new winery.
During my visit, Sue offered to give me a tour of the property. I gladly accepted. Along the tour, Howard and Sue shared with me the history of the property. The property has been in Sue’s family for 10 generations. We toured their processing facility where they are aging their red wines. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Syrah are aging. Looking forward to trying the reds.
It was a great adventure. Thrilled to try new Maryland wines. New Market Plains is a welcomed addition to Maryland’s wine community and a new winery in Frederick, MD. I encourage you to visit. New Market Plains is opened Friday through Sunday or by appointment.
Vino 301 Wine Concierge today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
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Vino 301’s Ms. Leslie Frelow named Local Wine Ambassador by Maryland Wine Press. She shares her insight about traveling along Maryland’s Patuxent Wine Trail in Maryland Wine Press (Spring/Summer 2016 edition). The Patuxent Wine Trail spans from Prince George’s County to St. Mary’s County. Ms. Frelow discusses how the region has transformed from a prosperous tobacco region to an award winning wine destination.
Spring is here! The flowers are blooming and the wine is chilling. It’s time to head to Maryland’s vineyards and wineries.
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2016 Maryland Passport Experience Guided Tour FAQs
- 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!
What is better than chocolate and wine? Enjoying chocolate and wine for charity! Vino 301 Wine Concierge is participating in Wine Tourism Day on November 7, 2015. For the third annual Wine Tourism Day, Vino 301 Wine Concierge will be donating portion of its Chocolate and Wine Tour proceeds to the Bowie Food Pantry Bowie Food Pantry provides emergency financial assistance and food.
Wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other wine tourism businesses across North America and beyond are offering special events to the public on this day to celebrate the importance (and fun) of wine tourism. Events are being planned in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Events differ and can range from wine pairing dinners to music events to structured tastings. Organizations that participate in Wine Tourism Day will be donating a portion of their earnings for that day towards a local charity or non-profit of their choice.
The Chocolate and Wine Tour is a fan favorite of our guests. On Wine Tourism day we are headed to Parfections for our Chocolate and Wine Tour. Maryland wine is paired with handmade gourmet truffles and chocolate barks. Vino 301 Wine Concierge will transport you to Parfections store where the tour begins. To learn more about this tour click here
“We believe if the wine tourism industry as a whole is successful, we all succeed as individuals,” says Allan Wright, president of Zephyr Adventures. “This year, we’d like to take it a step further and extend that philosophy into the community, which is why this year’s Wine Tourism Day is focused on giving back to local charities.”
Wine Tourism Day is being supported by a number of industry partners including LocalWineEvents.com, Touring and Tasting Marketing & Media, WineAmerica, Canadian Vintners, Visit Penticton, BeverageTradeNetwork.com, Wine Trail Adventures, The Tasting Panel, WineBusiness.com, Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute, Wine Industry Network (WIN), Wine Institute, CANVAS, and the Wine Tourism Conference in addition to wine and tourism associations in wine regions throughout North America.
To learn more about Wine Tourism Day or to locate activities near you http://www.winetourismday.org/
Looking for a local winery that produces extravagant wines and ciders? Great Shoals Winery is the perfect winery for you. The winery has been in producing great wines for about five years now. Two years ago, Great Shoals moved to their location in Silver Spring, Maryland. Now that they do not have a remote location, business has been booming. It is tucked away in a local farmers market. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as, Maryland wine when you visit Great Shoals. Their tasting room has attracted wine lovers from all over.
In addition to their lovely wines, Great Shoals offers sweet ciders made from fresh whole fruits. Making their wines and ciders from whole fruits and not from concentrate or artificial flavors gives the wines at Great Shoals a distinct taste loved by all. The ciders Great Shoals produces ranges from very sweet to drier champagne style ciders. People who do not drink cider often tend to love the drier champagne style cider due to its rich bubbly flavor. Make sure to keep a close look on the new release for this summer. In just a few weeks, Great Shoals will be releasing they Strawberry draft and their Cherry cider.
Since they are conveniently located, join Great Shoals on Wednesday night for a night filled with live music and delicious wines. Sara Nuttle will be performing live and Great Shoals will be featuring their stainless steel chardonnay. Check out their Facebook page Great Shoals Winery for more information!