Maryland Wine

has been at the forefront of American viticultural research since the mid-1600s when Lord Baltimore ordered vines to be planted. Since then, viticulturists have explored almost every vine type, from native American species to wild and man-made hybrids, not to mention numerous attempts at classic European varieties. In modern times it was the indomitable Philip Wagner who blazed a trail with diverse experimental plantings of hybrids. Wagner would eventually open Boordy Vineyards, Maryland’s first winery, in 1945. He would also write Grapes Into Wine, the best selling book on winemaking in America.

Today, the state’s wine production totals almost 100,000 cases annually, derived from 450 acres of vines and more than 30 farm wineries. Activity is concentrated in eastern Maryland on coastal lands surrounding Chesapeake Bay and on the Piedmont Plateau, north and west of Baltimore. A wide range of climactic zones are found, including everything from very cold to quite hot areas.

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  • Seyval Blanc

    Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind ...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Cove Point Winery

    Cove Point Winery is a small boutique winery located in Southern Maryland's Calvert County town o...

  • Sparks Vineyard & Winery

    Our winery is located 5 miles east of Sparks Oklahoma where in the 1900s a French immigrant paved...

  • Black Ankle Vineyards

    Black Ankle Vineyards is an estate winery committed to making top quality wines from its sustaina...

  • Loew Vineyards

    The history of winemaking in the Loew family is a story that dates back to the mid-19th century i...

  • Boordy Vineyards

    Boordy Vineyards is Maryland's oldest family run winery. Established in 1945, Boordy is owned by ...

  • Basignani Winery

    Basignani Winery is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery located about 30 min n...

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  • Yesterday (Saturday) was a college football watching kind of day.  Oh, I ... when coming back home from Maryland (Antietam battlefield).  I think half of this bottle is still in the fridge, probably fearful of being poured down the drain.  My, how my evolving palate has made it more difficult to enjoy the cheaper wines.&nbs Read More

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  • I plan to open this bottle later tonight after we get home from another George ... expecting too much from a Maryland wine...19 months in French oak though....and it did win the Maryland's Governor's Cup.  We'll se Read More

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  • Thanks RC.  I'm not good at describing complexities in wine (my wife ... main reason for going up to Maryland - we wanted to attend a show at the Maryland Theater.   It was a comedy with Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie from Who's Line is it Anyway.  We've seen these guys in Washington DC and they are very funny with their improv comedy. &nbs Read More

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  • Good luck with the business trip.  We'll be in Maryland for a B & B weekend. Read More

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  • Wow - you guys have been drinking some great wines.  Yes RC, $16 is a good ... started with a drive up to Maryland on Saturday morning, stopping at two wineries (868 Vineyards and Breaux Vineyards) in Virginia along the way so we would have five bottles available for sharing.  This was our first time at 868, and the wine was mostly ok but not e... Read More

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  • Im from California so I know about wine, vineyards and stuff. Hope you can help them out - Maryland has a way to go. Let us know how the wines are! And how your yoga session ended. Read More

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  • Here's more information:Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 11:00 AM ...;Maryland Public Transportation, Uber, Taxis and bwi airport shuttle agencies. :D  Read More

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  • Hi guys, Im pretty excited cause Im about to attend this event in a Vineyard! ... a look at the vineyards in Maryland. "This is the final Vinyasa at the Vineyard event of the 2016 season. Vinyasa at the Vineyard includes a 1 hour all levels vinyasa flow followed by a wine tasting that includes 7 premium wines followed by a glass of wine of you... Read More

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  • RC - You charge for friends to come over and drink your wine?  Or are you ... you ... Ferry, close to the Maryland border in Northern Virginia.  First up was the Doukenie Winery - beautiful place but we only liked their Chardonnay.  All the reds?  Not so much. I found them all a bit tart and tanic, so we won't be going back there anytime soon... Read More

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  • EM, that 2006 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon should have been a great ... by the way, we drove up to Maryland to take our friends Greg & Beth out to a nice dinner at Timpano's Restaurant in Rockville, MD.  This has become an annual thing that we do for a holiday gift.  They can't afford to get out much with twin five-year old kids to take ... Read More

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