Boutique Wineries in Maryland: Newest Generation in Maryland Wine
Maryland’s wine industry has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years. Over 70 vineyards and wineries claim Maryland as their home. The latest generation is not looking to compete with the established vineyards size or production volume. This generation of vineyards is interested in producing small quantities and high quality wines. Many of the newest wineries in Maryland are boutique wineries.
Boutique wineries’ philosophy is to grow exceptional grapes and to make remarkable wine in small volumes. The winemakers produce 5,000 or less bottles of wine annually. Many produce estate wines. They do not use outsource grapes. This is to ensure the quality of the product, according to Gary Cohen, co-owner of Mazzaroth Vineyard. Mazzaroth Vineyard is a small vineyard, less than two acres, located in Middletown, Maryland. Mazzaroth sits on a slope and at the top of the hill is their home. From the top of the hill, you experience an amazing view of Frederick County countryside and the South Mountain. In their vineyard, you will find Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Tannat. Surprised to see Tannat among the varietals. Tannat is typically found in very warm climates with low humidity; however it appears to be doing well in Maryland.
Gary is passionate about maintaining its boutique size vineyard. He is not interested playing host to crowds of people. He prefers the intimate setting and hosting members of their wine club. Catering to smaller groups is another characteristic of boutique wineries. You will not find grand tasting rooms. In fact, the winery may not have a tasting room. Mazzaroth host guests on their patio overlooking their vineyard. You will have a very personal tasting experience at Mazzaroth. You learn about his growing philosophy and a tour of the vineyard. It is inviting and relaxing visit. If you are a wine geek, like myself, you will find it an memorable experience and appreciate the hands on care. Make an appointment to visit Mazzaroth. Other boutique wineries will require an appointment; they do not have a walk-in policy. Some wineries are not open to the public. You can only enjoy their wines at farmers markets or small wine festivals.
Because boutique wineries production is limited, you will not find them in many wine stores. You can purchase their wine at their vineyards, online and/or join their wine clubs.
I was not able to sample Mazzaroth’s wine, because I was the designated driver. However, the others who were with me thoroughly enjoyed the wines. Mazzaroth is a new vineyard, but their wines are showing maturity. There is something to be said about small quantities, high quality.