Guide to Maryland Wineries
Enjoy Maryland Wine
Maryland has been home to growing grapes and wine making since Colonial days but the wine industry has really taken off here since the early 1980s. Today there are over 20 wineries in Maryland with several more planned. Many of these wineries are family owned and operated.
Maryland's terrain, climate and proximity to the coast enable vineyards to grow a variety of grapes with most wineries producing several varietals and blends. No matter what your taste, you should be able to easily find a Maryland wine you will enjoy.
Spring is a great time to visit a Maryland winery and enjoy a tasting. Some wineries may be hosting special events and tastings as they unveil their new releases. Check the winery websites below for details. Wineries are organized by county.
Baltimore County Wineries
- Basignani Winery
Located in the beautiful horse country north of Baltimore.
- Boordy Vineyards
Founded in 1945, this is Maryland's oldest winery. Enjoy the fun atmosphere inside their old barn with a bottle of wine, friends and live music.
- Woodhall Wine Cellars
A family winery in scenic Parkton just up the road from the Gunpowder River and the NCR Trail.
Great wines, good times!
Party at a Maryland winery!
Most Maryland wineries host special events including live music and wine appreciation events throughout the year. Many are also available to host your own special event such as a wedding reception or anniversary party.
Check each winery's website for event details and contact info.
Calvert County Wineries
- Cove Point Winery
The first winery in Calvert County and only a short distance from Cove Point Lighthouse.
- Fridays Creek Winery
Most of their grapes are grown in vineyards along the banks of the Patuxent River.
- Solomons Island Winery
Founded in 2002 as a micro-winery, Solomons Island has already won several awards for its wines.
Carroll County Wineries
- Old Westminster Winery
A newer family winery that opened in 2013, Old Westminster has delicious wines that show a lot of promise. Enjoy their new tasting room while chatting with the owners.
- Serpent Ridge Vineyard
A young, family owned winery, Serpent Ridge is the first vineyard winery in Westminster. They feature small lots of handmade wine.
- Cygnus Wine Cellars
Cygnus uses fruit from across Maryland and Pennsylvania in their wines.
Cecil County Wineries
- Dove Valley Vineyards And Winery
Founded in 1998, Dove Valley is the first winery in Cecil County and located in Rising Sun.
Dorchester County Wineries - "The Heart of Chesapeake Country"
- Layton's Chance Vineyard & Winery
A family owned and operated winery on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Frederick County Wineries
- Black Ankle Vineyards
A newer winery with its first grapes planted in 2003. Black Ankle was named one of the country's top 10 hottest small brands by WineBusiness.com. One of the few Maryland wineries to use only estate grown grapes. A great place to hang out with friends
- Elk Run Vineyards
The first Maryland winery I visited and still one of my favorites, it is located on a farm dating back to the mid-1700s. Try the Maryland Merlot, Pinot Gris, and any of their Liberty Tavern Estate vintages. You can even sign up to help harvest grapes
- Loew Vineyards
The Loews founded their vineyard in 1982 to preserve their European family's tradition of fine winemaking. They offer some interesting varietals not found in other Maryland wineries.
- New Market Plains
Easily accessible from I-70, New Market Plains opened in early 2016 with the first of their all estate grown wines. The winery is on a historic farm that has been in the owner's family for 10 generations, since the 1760s. Follow the "NMP" signs.
- Linganore Wine Cellars
Also known as Berrywine Plantation, Linganore is one of Maryland's oldest wineries. Enjoy complimentary tastings of all their wines. Large selection of country wines...try the peach and the raspberry. Check out their summer weekend concert schedule.
Garrett County Wineries
- Deep Creek Cellars
A family run winery and vineyard located in beautiful western Maryland. They believe in making wine "one way, and one way only: by hand."
Harford County Wineries
- Fiore Winery
"The Maryland Wine with an Italian Accent"
Learn More About Maryland Wine...
- The Maryland Wineries Association
The official site of the Maryland wine and grape industry. Full of information on the wineries, wine festivals, industry news and Maryland's goofy wine laws.
- The Maryland Wine Growing Region
Learn more about the appellations that make up the Maryland wine growing region.
Montgomery County Wineries
- Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards
Located at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, you'll find a relaxed wine tasting experience and some very good red wines for such a young winery. Their Circe is a delicious Bordeaux style blend and my favorite.
Wine Trails in Maryland
- Frederick Wine Trail
This wine trail covers all of the wineries in Frederick County and provides suggestions on places to stay and eat.
- Mason-Dixon Wine Trail
This trail includes wineries along the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. They offer a passport program good for discounts on future purchases at participating wineries.
Talbot County Wineries
Washington County Wineries
- Knob Hall Winery
One of Maryland's newer estate wineries but with a rich history...it's part of a family farm over 200 years old.
Wicomico County Wineries
- Bordeleau Vineyards
Wicomico County's first winery. Their mission is to create world class wines here at home on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Make Your Own Maryland Wine
- The Flying Barrel
The Flying Barrel is a good place to shop locally for home brewing and wine making supplies. They're located in downtown Frederick and also offer wine making & brewing on site using their equipment.
What are your favorite Maryland wines and wineries? Please leave a comment or tasting note in the comments below.