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2019 Maryland Wine Festivals

Complete Guide to 2019 Maryland Wine Festivals


Maryland Wine Festival

credit: Maryland Wine Association

2019 Maryland Wine Festival season starts in April with Decanter at Laurel Park.  Decanter is the perfect marriage between Maryland wine and horseracing. Dust off your wide brim hat or your seersucker suit; and it is off to the races for some great Maryland wine.  Decanter is the first festival in 2019, but definitely not the only wine festival. Vino 301 has assembled a list of over 30 wine festivals for you.  Below is the complete guide to 2019 Maryland Wine Festivals.  The list is downloaded .pdf.

Along with the complete list, here are some helpful tips to know about Maryland wine festivals.

WEATHER: Rain or shine wine festivals will happened.  Rarely are festivals cancelled because of the weather, sometimes rescheduled. Make sure you wear and bring weather appropriate gear with you.  Remember your rain boots for those mudding fields.  Conversely, festivals are usually held in large open fields without protection from the sun. Do not forget the sunscreen.


BRING YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE: This sounds like an obvious thing to do. However, you would be surprised by the number of people who are turned away because they did not bring identification. Be prepared with photo identification showing proof of age.


Maryland Wine Festival

credit: Carroll County Times

OUTSIDE FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Most festivals have several food vendors available for you to purchase food.  Check with the festival organizer if you can bring outside food. Also, check whether grilling is permitted. Outside alcoholic beverages are never allowed. Event staff will confiscate outside alcoholic beverages.  We have witness security confiscate cases of beer, wine coolers especially at Linganore’s Carribean festival. It is not worth the trouble leave the alcohol at home.


PETS: We love your pets, but the event organizers may not.  Review the event guidelines before you bring your pet. Keep in mind, festivals are crowded and may not be the best environment for your pet. Use your best discretion when determining to bring your pet.  If pets are permitted, be respectful of others.  Leashed your pet, do not leave it unattended, and please, please clean up after your pet.

Happy festivals hopping.  Here is your complete guide.

2019 Maryland Fesitivals Wine Guide


Festivals 2019


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Maryland Wine Festival and many more events this weekend

This Weekend’s Wine Tasting Activities in Maryland

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   The Maryland Wine Festival and many more events can be apart of your weekend. Maryland Wine Festival

Type of Activities

  • Free Activities
  • Charitable Events
  • Family Events
  • Festivals
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Food & Wine Tasting Events



September 16 – 18, 2016 Events

Free Activities

Live Music at the Vineyard at Old Westminster Winery

September 16,  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

September 17 – 18, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

Westminster, MD


Friday Nights at Linganore!

September 16, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Linganore, MD


Friday Night Music at Big Cork Vineyards

September 16, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rohrersville, MD


Second Saturday Live Music at Serpent Ridge Vineyard

September 17, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Westminster, MD


Afternoon of Live Music, Beautiful Scenery at Catoctin Breeze Vineyard 

September 17 – 18, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Thurmont, MD


Summer Music Series at Red Heifer Winery

September 17 – 18, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Smithburg, MD


Sunday’s On the Patio at Linganore Wine Cellars

September 18, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Linganore, MD

Charitable Events



Family Events





Maryland Wine Festival

September 17,  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

September 18,  11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Cost: $30

Westminster, MD


Caribbean Food and Wine Festival

September 17, 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm

Cost: $20 -40

Howard County Fairground


Harvest Moon Shindig

September 17, 6:30 pm

Cost: $95.00

Cockeysville, MD


Arts & Crafts




Food & Wine Tasting Events

Live Music at the Tasting Room at Millstone Cellars

September 16,  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cost: $5

Monkton, MD


Wine Tour to the Heritage Wine Region at Vino 301

September 17, 11:15 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $87

Calvert County, MD

The Greatest Myth about Maryland Wines

As everyone knows, Vino 301 Wine Concierge is a big cheerleader for Maryland wine and culture. I can safely say no one has ever questioned our love for local wine.  A few, some, … actually a lot have questioned why.  Why do you love Maryland wine?

Most people do not directly ask why. They give me a strange look or a raised eyebrow when I mention the many virtues of Maryland wine.  Some will actually make statements  like, “Maryland primarily makes sweet, fruity wine.  That’s ok if you like that type of wine.”   Translation:  How could you possibly call that wine.  It is an adult version of Kool-Aid.”  More direct individuals will state, “It is ok to drink, but I would not recommend it.”

As one of Maryland’s biggest cheerleader, it is my obligation to debunk the greatest myth ever told.

Myth – Maryland primarily makes sweet, fruity wines.

There is some truth to this statement like most myths. Yes, winemakers make sweet, fruity wine. Sweetland Cellars is a great example.  Sweetland Cellars is a brand of Boordy Vineyard.  Sweetland are grape and fruit wines. They are intended to be light,refreshing, and sweet hence the name. They are perfect to drink by themselves or as base to a cocktail.

Many Maryland winemakers have semi-dry or sweet wines in their profile for those with a sweeter palate.  However, all Maryland winemakers make dry vino.  They use traditional methods that are artisan crafted resulting in noteworthy aromas, flavors and body.  They are recognized nationally and internationally. The Daily Meal All Things Food & Drink, a national publication, recognized Black Ankle Vineyard   in its list of 101 Best Wineries in America in March 2015. This list consisted of the country’s most acclaimed wineries.

Maryland Wines

Why does this myth exists?  I have a theory.  Maryland is a victim of its success.  The Maryland Wine Festival is a wildly popular event.  Thousands of people from several states attend this event.  Facts to keep in mind: (1) The Festival is held in September. September is still humid and warm. (2) Majority of Americans prefer fruity and semi-sweet wines styles, according to the 2015 Survey of American Wine Consumer Preferences conducted by Wine Business.com.  (3) The Festival is the only exposure some have to Maryland wine.

Put yourself in the vineyard managers’ shoes.  You want people to try and buy your wine at the Festival. What do people want when it is hot and humid — a cool refreshing beverage.  What do the majority of Americans enjoy drinking — fruity and sweet wines.  In the same 2015 survey, 74 percent of people said red wine is their favorite.  However, less than a quarter of the same people indicated they like dry, savory or tannic.  Most people say they want a traditional wines, but they really prefer sweet.   As vineyard managers, do you pour your higher price drier wines or your less expensive sweet and semi-dry?  You give people what they really want. The sweeter wine resonate with the Festival attendees leaving the impression all Maryland wines are fruity and sweet.

Where Can You Try the Traditional Wines?  Believe it or not, many of these wines are at the Wine Festival.  Maryland Wine Festival showcases its Governor’s Cup winners in the premier tent.  These are recognized as the best wines in Maryland. There is an additional cost to the admission to taste the wines.

You do not have to wait until the Festival.  You can visit the vineyards.  These wines are apart of the tasting menu at most vineyards at no additional cost. You get an opportunity to experience the full complement of Maryland’s grapes.  Explore and see for yourself if the myth is true.  

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