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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Seyval Blanc

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Merlot

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

Popular Wineries in Maryland View all

  • Fiore Winery

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

  • Boordy Vineyards

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

  • Black Ankle Vineyards

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

  • Woodhall Vineyards & Wine Cellars

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

  • Basignani Winery

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

  • Cygnus Wine Cellars

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

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  • Gollywobbler Peach NV


    Light, sweet, a bit of white and and bit of peach, this refreshing splash is a relief for hot summer days. Peach comes in more in the aftertaste, slightly dry, a little tart, yet still sweet. I got it because I wanted something different and deliver on character it certainly did. Read More

    Wine review by Aegelis

  • It's been a lazy Tuesday afternoon; I fed rescue cats this morning but I ... ... led me to one of our few Maryland wines - this one is called EVOE from the Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard (2010 vintage).  If I recall correctly, most of their wines are not up to the standards in this forum, but this one was good enough to bring home.  It consists o... Read More

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  • Sandra & I attended the Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival at National Harbor (Maryland) yesterday.  While technically there were wine tastings there, we didn't try any of them.  We were there to sample lots of beers and distilled spirits.  We had our fill of beer and whisky, and bought a plate of six crabs to eat, but that wasn't enough.  So we he... Read More

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  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... Virginia, New York, Texas, Maryland, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all found their way into our top 101.All said, I tend to find these "lists" hokey and horrible for the most part.  I guess I can say that I was surprised to find the likes of Scholium and Sol... Read More

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  • EM - you're taking social security?  Even though I've now retired ... I would not travel over to Maryland for a bottle of wine though.When I order stuff on-line, a big benefit is to avoid taxes, which are around 5% here in Virginia.  I know California is much higher (one big ripoff I think).  Shipping charges are a major consideration too.  If... Read More

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  • I am an new member from Maryland (close to Washington, DC and Northern VA).  I've been a wine lover for years, but just starting to learn about the different grapes, terroir, and regions.  I'm working on partnering with a newspaper and a live stage play venue to lead wine tastings - to do something different in order to attract new customers.I l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Lol no I am not really Amish, and I live in Maryland, so I wouldn't know if people from PA or Deleware do that. Though I am a huge fan of Linganore winery. If you every get a chance, visit the winery, especially during one of their festivals. Honestly I wouldn't even have liked wine like I do, if I hadn't gotten some good education from them. Wo... Read More

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  • Linganore Winecellars Linganore Medieval Meade


    Actually one of the better Honey Meades I have tasted. I enjoy the flavor quite a lot and it's not overly sweet like a lot of honey meades you may come across. Read More

    Wine review by Amish22

  • Fox - pork is good. I eat as much as I can. It is NOT a fillthy animal, that ... of weird - in New Hampshire, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, etc., you always have guys on the docks selling stuff.Emark - thank you sir! I don't have much wine with me at the moment, but I will in due time. Would love to get together at some point. I even boug... Read More

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  • Hi Nena,Rodney Strong is a great start!  So, does this mean your evening ... ... cheaper if you go to Maryland or Delaware for your wine?Are there some good shops near yo Read More

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