Where to Sip in Maryland Wine Country
Did you know there are more than 100 wineries in Maryland and about 900 acres of vines? The state is also home to three recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), and four distinct wine regions. Not only will you find fine wine made from classic European grapes in Maryland wine country, but new-is-old again styles of wine like pét-nats and piquettes, and quality (and increasingly popular) wines made from native and hybrid grapes. But where should you start? The following 10 wineries in Maryland will give you some of the best wines and experiences the state has to offer.
Top 10 Wineries in Maryland
Big Cork Vineyards, located in Rohrersville, has excellent estate-grown wines across the board. They produce a large variety of wines, the majority are dry with a few quality semi-dry bottles. Pack a picnic or buy some goodies from the grab-and-go market to enjoy in the state-of-the-art tasting room or outdoors on the patio or lawn.
Black Ankle Vineyards, located in Mt Airy, produces exceptional wines using thoughtful, sustainable practices and grapes grown only on its own farms. The warm, welcoming tasting room is built primarily from materials grown or found on the farm. The winery produces mostly dry reds, whites, and rosés, but don’t miss the Black Cap Port, a wine that won Best in Class at the 2021 Maryland’s Governor’s Cup.
Boordy Vineyards, located in Hydes, is one of the most historic wineries in Maryland. The original owners bonded Boordy in 1945, and its current owners bought the winery in 1980. A lot of experience goes into their wines that visitors can enjoy in the tasting room, or on the patio or lawn. On weekends, visitors can reserve a table in the barn for an entire day for $20. Also on weekends, Boordy brings in some of the region’s best food trucks and musicians. Plan to stay awhile.
Broken Spoke Winery, located in Earleville, along the Eastern Shore, is known for its wine and its events. Yoga, comedy nights, live music, craft workshops, food trucks, there’s always something go on that complements the wine and the winery’s motto, “Take a Break; Start a Conversation.”
Crow Vineyard and Winery, located in Kennedyville, is a third generation working farm with a farm winery, and a Farmstay B&B where guests get to enjoy the food and wines of the farm. Tastings for this Maryland winery are by reservation only, so plan ahead, and ask to taste their Reserve White Blend that won Best in Class at the 2021 Maryland’s Governor’s Cup.
Linganore Winecellars, located in Mt Airy, has an array of fine dry wines and quality sweet wines that visitors can enjoy in the tasting room or on the spacious outdoor in the beautiful country setting. Food trucks and music make the weekends particularly festive at this award-winning winery that gets props for its extensive sustainability intiatives, including charging stations for electric cars.
Old Westminster Winery, located in Westminster, is known for its vegan-friendly wines that are made from only Maryland grapes with minimal intervention, including pét-nats and piquettes that have a bit of a cult following. Ingredients for pizza made onsite at Maryland’s first licensed outdoor restaurant are sourced from over a dozen local farms.
Port of Leonardtown, located in Leonardtown, is a project by the Southern Maryland Wine Growers Cooperative consisting of 12 vineyards, the state’s first agricultural cooperative. The winery is in a former State Highway Administration building where visitors can taste wine, including the 2021 Governor’s Cup Best of Show Chambourcin Reserve, listen to live music almost every night, and enjoy food from a variety of food trucks.
Rocklands Farm Winery, located in Poolesville, is just 30 minutes outside of Washington, DC produces low intervention, hand crafted wines from estate and regional vineyards. Also a working farm, Rocklands also produces meat and eggs. Friday nights, there is free live music in the heated barn, food trucks are onsite on Saturday and Sundays, and free vineyard and winery tours happen each Saturday.
The Wine Collective, located in Baltimore, is an urban winery collective where viticultural collaboration and innovation happens. Under one roof, producers create wine made from grapes sourced from the mid-Atlantic region, irresistible vermouth from Maryland grapes, and pintxos—snacks in the style of Basque Country in Northern Spain. A must stop for anyone visiting Baltimore.
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Robin Shreeves is a drinks journalist and lifestyle features writer. Her wine writing has appeared in dozens of print and online publications including Wine Enthusiast, VinePair, Courier Post, Spirited magazine, Edible Philly, Edible Jersey, USA Today, and Drink Philly. A champion of wines from the mid-Atlantic region, she co-hosts an East Coast Wine chat on the Clubhouse app Sunday nights at 7pm. Her writer’s website Wine & Wonder has a weekly roundup of East Coast Wine News posted each Monday.