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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  • Boordy Vineyards

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

  • Woodhall Vineyards & Wine Cellars

    Woodhall was established in 1983 as a boutique family winery dedicated to producing fine table wi...

  • Loew Vineyards

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

  • Fiore Winery

    At Fiore Winery, discover the flavors of Maryland's Harford County, grown to perfection in our L...

  • 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...

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  • An update on that Maryland wine.  I drank the whole bottle rather than pouring it out or using it for cooking.  After opening a rather nice Cabernet Sauvignon the next evening, I realized that maybe it was just me - because there were similarities between the two bottles.  The Maryland wine was obviously inferior, but being similar I decided wha... Read More

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  • Here's a wine from Maryland that I would not recommend at all.  We bought it a few years ago and I was tired of seeing it in my rack, so I opened it.  I suppose I will finish the bottle over the next few days, but it's a tad acidic, maybe tanic, and who knows what else.  Not my cup of tea, as the British say. Read More

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  • Ah, another weekend has arrived.  We are having beautiful weather out here ... distributor from Landover Maryland (Potomac Imports) serving up several wines from South America.  We had a nice Torrontes from Argentina, a Pinot Noir from Chile (the same Casablanca Valley we visited last year in our tour of South America), a Bonarda from Argentina... Read More

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  • My name is Sue.  I just joined Snooth, so I really don't know much ... wine.  Locally, here in Maryland I love CupCake wines.  Other than that, don't know what else to say, except "HELLO TO ALL WINE LOVERS" Read More

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  • OT, JD and others - Guess what wine we shared with friends at a restaurant ... ... ... DC on our way up to Maryland to meet our friends at the Timpano's restauran Read More

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  • Well, we haven't had a corked wine from our cellar yet (fingers crossed); ... finally pop the cork on this Maryland wine.  It's one of those wines you buy because you're in the winery and you need to buy something after a free tasting.  It's not that bad really, but it is just a hint of being sweet.  There is an abundance of fruit, that's for ... Read More

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  • there are tons of wineries in maryland - - many with award winners. nevertheless i generally like the drier varieties of the wines i find in northern virginia and west virginia.  couple a 'fair' wine with the countryside here and you have a perfect situation  Read More

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  • I've visited some wineries in Maryland.  I have yet to find one that I would return to.  One was actually the back portion of a persons house.  That was in southern Maryland.  Read More

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  • What's up Doc?  (that's not even funny)I see you're in Maryland.  Are there any vineyards in Maryland?  Perhaps even some nice wines being produced?  Read More

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  • Boy, what a weekend.  Saturday was spent entirely doing a trip to the eastern shore of Maryland and a ferry ride over to Smith Island where crabbing is the lifestyle.  The bus ride alone was 3 hours each way.  That exhausted us and we were too pooped to stay up for Saturday Night Live.  Sunday was a major painting day in the master bathroom (7.5... Read More

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