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 ...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • Black Ankle Vineyards

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

  • Deep Creek Cellars

    We are an Appalachian mountain winery, vineyard, and farm market nestled in the scenic Laurel Hig...

  • Cygnus Wine Cellars

    Cygnus Wine Cellars is fortunate to have such a diverse growing region from which to select wineg...

  • Elk Run

    Elk Run Vineyards is nestled in the rolling hills of Frederick County, Maryland. It is a place of...

  • Basignani Winery

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

  • Loew Vineyards

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

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  • Just got back from Stone Tower Winery near Leesburg, Virginia to pick up our ... ... returns from a match in Maryland.  It will be a late night.&nbs Read More

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  • So it's Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend, and our daughter is getting married ... ... to the reception hall in Maryland.  This will be a dry reception - no wine and things of this nature.  Wish me luc Read More

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  • Another evening in the district tonight.  We were back at the Phillips to ... to ... teacher at a nearby Maryland college who recently learned to play the clarinet, so he was interesting in Robert Plane.  Afterward, we dined at Urbana, a new place for us that was between the Phillips and our usual Metro station.  Luckily for us it was 1/2 pri... Read More

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  • Lobbyist/probably Republican bull-puckey. Diageo also has the sensitivity of an ... ... with OT on the wine from Maryland (East Coast generally a tough roe to how due to growing condition issues, limited critical mass of local knowhow, infrastructure and skilled labor availability, etc.--if you were going to work in wineries wouldn't you rather... Read More

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  • Sounds like the Trump administration is out to screw more people, as a favor to ... have tasted wines at a few Maryland wineries and have not found one that we would return to.  It's much better here in Virginia as far as we are concerned. However, I would not want to screw Maryland wineries out of current business practices to help a beer cong... Read More

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  • Not to sound indifferent but I have never had nor have any desire to taste wine from Maryland. I learned my lesson with Virginia.~ Brian - Cali wine snob Read More

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  • http://blog.pennlive.com/wine/2017/02/pending_legislation_if_passed_threatens_to_close_as_many_as_25_md_wineries.htmlDid anyone pick up on this?Seems a bit of a dissappointing set of circumstances for that region? Read More

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  • Watched Bucky beat Maryland today - first decent game they've played in 3 weeks.And speaking of decent - this was very, very good.  blackberry fruits, spice and muted purple pansy, with mocha and fine chewy tannins with balanced acidity.  This is a real mouthful right now and could sit for 2-3 more years.  Well done. Read More

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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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