Maryland has been a top region for American viticulture since the 17th century, home to fantastic wineries throughout its Piedmont Plateau, Eastern Shore, Southern plains, and Western mountain regions. Since the passing of new wine industry legislation in 2000, the state's wineries have offered flight tastings and pours at lovely public tasting rooms, many of which offer seasonal outdoor patios and live music performances.
Farm wineries throughout the state's rural and suburban areas are home to romantic bed and breakfast resorts and quaint restored farm buildings, while urban wineries offer wine education classes and make-your-own-wine experiences. The annual Maryland Wine Festival, one of the East Coast's largest wine festivals, also draws tens of thousands of wine enthusiasts to Westminster each September.
© Basignani Winery
Basignani Winery was originally opened to the public in 1986 by Lynne and Bert Basignani, who had spent years as championship amateur winemakers in the Maryland region. Today, the Sparks Glencoe winery produces more than 6,500 gallons of wine per year, specializing in unfiltered wines crafted from grapes grown within Hunt Valley's horse country region. Visitors can tour the company's winery operations or taste wines at its public tasting room facility, which is open to the public afternoons between Wednesdays and Sundays. Tastings sample up to six five-ounce pours of the company's premium wines, including signature wines such as the winery's Sinistra Port wine, Piccolo Cabernet blend, and Marisa Dolce semi-sweet red blend. Brick-oven pizzas are served on Friday Cafe Nights, which showcase live music performances.
15722 Falls Rd, Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152, Phone: 410-472-0703
2.Big Cork Vineyards
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Big Cork Vineyards is one of Maryland's most acclaimed wineries, winning major best in show industry awards such as the Maryland Governor's Cup, the Maryland Winemaster's Cup, and the Jack Aellen Cup. The winery, which is owned and operated by vintner Dave Collins, offers tastings and tours at its 10,000-square-foot facility in Rohrersville, which showcases a 25-foot ADA-accessible tasting bar and a seasonal outdoor patio. Guests can sample flights of six of the company's wines of their choice, including selections such as the company's award-winning raspberry-based Black Cap Port and Twisted Franc wines. A grab-and-go food market showcases locally-sourced cheese, breads, and charcuteries, while food trucks parked on site on Friday nights serve up some of the region's best cuisine options. Overnight accommodations are offered in the winery's four-bedroom estate resort, which is home to amenities such as a billiard and game room and communal wraparound porches.
4236 Main St, Rohrersville, MD 21779, Phone: 301-302-8032
3.Black Ankle Vineyards
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Black Ankle Vineyards was opened for business in 2008, founded by partners Sarah O'Herron and Ed Boyce. The Mt. Airy winery, which is located on the beautiful rolling hill landscape of central Maryland, is committed to sustainable growing practices, using locally-made compost as fertilizers and forgoing the use of herbicides and most pesticides. A solar-powered and geothermal-heated tasting room is open to the public on weekend afternoons, with guided walking tours also available at select times, lasting approximately 45 minutes. All tasting opportunities sample four of the company's delicious wines, including red, white, and sparkling variants. Live music performances are showcased on Friday evenings, with Ride Smart Maryland-sponsored Lyft rides available to ensure all visitors have safe rides home after tastings.
14463 Black Ankle Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771, Phone: 301-829-3338
© Boordy Vineyards
Boordy Vineyards was Maryland's first winery at its opening in 1945, located within northeastern Baltimore County's Long Green Valley within a 19th-century fieldstone barn. The winery, which is overseen by Rob and Julie Deford and their son Phineas, is the perfect option for a winery day trip from Baltimore, Annapolis, or Washington, D.C., open to the public year-round. Guests can enjoy wine cellar guided tours and wine tastings throughout the week, showcasing the company's Landmark Series and Chesapeake Icons wine lines. All current vintages are sold at the winery's wine shop, with discounts offered for wine club members. Special events offered throughout the year include Saturday evening live music performances and Thursday evening farmer's markets throughout the summer months.
12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD 21082, Phone: 410-592-5015
5.Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery
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Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1999 by Thomas R. Shelton, housed on a beautiful farm property in Eden, Maryland overlooking the picturesque Wicomico Creek. Wicomico County's first licensed vineyard, which is named for a French word meaning "edge of the water," specializes in a dozen varieties of Bordeaux-style grape crops grown on 13 acres. Award-winning varietals focus on classic wine styles, including high-quality Cabernet Francs, Malbecs, Petit Verdots, and Merlots. A tasting room offers an intimate bar space and seasonal outdoor patio, with wine flights and pours offered for guests ages 21 and older. Special events throughout the year include wine club events, Yoga in the Vineyards sessions, and live music performances.
3155 Noble Farm Rd, Eden, MD 21822, Phone: 410-677-3334
6.Broken Spoke Winery
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Broken Spoke Winery is a lovely boutique winery owned and operated by husband-and-wife duo Rob and Thea Hall, originally opened for business in 2017. The winery, which is located along Maryland's Chesapeake Wine Trail near the Rivers to Canal Wine Corridor, is located on the Hall family's pony farm grounds, which are also overseen by the couple's daughter Maggi. Winery visitors can sample a plethora of delicious traditional wines at the company's public tasting room facility, which is open to guests of all ages. Wine flights and pours are served up Tuesdays through Sundays throughout the year. Well-behaved pets are permitted at the facility during the summer season.
942 Glebe Rd, Earleville, MD 21919, Phone: 302-547-6022
7.Catoctin Breeze Vineyard
Catoctin Breeze Vineyard has been voted as Frederick's best winery for 2019 by Frederick Magazine, noted for its handcrafted boutique and blend wines. The vineyards, which were founded in 2012, have received major best in show awards at competitions such as the Maryland Governor's Cup. Extensive selections of red and white wines are cultivated at the winery, along with high-quality meads produced with 100% American honey and aged in oak barrels. Wine tasting flights are offered throughout the week, including specialty sweet wine tastings. Food trucks are parked on site at the winery each Friday night between May and September, showcasing the best of the area's culinary scene. Tours are also offered Mondays through Fridays in season, exploring winery operations in detail.
15010 Roddy Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, Phone: 240-578-3831
8.Crow Vineyard and Winery
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Crow Vineyard and Winery is located an easy day trip away from some of the East Coast's biggest cities and tourist destinations, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. The high-quality winery, which is a wine trail stop within Maryland's Eastern Shore wine region, is located near Chestertown's historic downtown district on the 365-acre family farm of husband-and-wife duo Roy and Judy Crow. 12 acres are dedicated to cultivating grapes for classic Chardonnays, Merlots, reserve blends, sparkling wines, and dessert and sweet wines. Visitors can taste wines year-round at the winery's public tasting room, which also houses farm-to-table dinners with a renovated milking barn building. Overnight accommodations are offered at the winery's lovely bed and breakfast facility.
12441 Vansant Corner Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645, Phone: 302-304-0551
9.Dove Valley Vineyard
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Dove Valley Vineyard was originally opened to the public by married duo Janet and Harry Hepbron as Cecil County, Maryland's first regional winery. The beautiful winery and vineyards craft award-winning vintages, including traditional varieties such as Pinot Noirs, Biancas, Merlots, Zinfandels, and Cabernet Francs. Many wines have won awards at significant national competitions, including the Finger Lakes International and the Maryland Governor's Cup. Wine tastings are offered each Sunday afternoon, tasting up to 15 wines complemented by regionally-sourced cheese plates. All tasting participants receive a complimentary signature winery glass to take home after tastings. Private special events can be hosted at the winery, including weddings, anniversary events, and bridal showers.
645 Harrington Rd, Rising Sun, MD 21911, Phone: 410-658-8388
10.Elk Run Winery
Elk Run Winery is one of Maryland's most acclaimed wineries, named as one of the East Coast's best wineries by Wine East Magazine. The historic winery, which is located on a land grant originally deeded to to Lord Baltimore by the King of England in the 17th century, has been operated by married duo Carol and Fred Wilson and business partner Neill Bassford since 1983. The company's wines have won more than 650 regional and international awards, making it the most decorated winery in the state. Wine tasting flights are served up throughout the week at the winery's tasting room, letting visitors select three to six wines of their choice to sample. Complimentary winery tours are also offered on Saturday and Sunday afternoons or by special appointment. Special events include Sippin' Saturday and Sunday live music performances and Wine Down Friday wine bar happy hour events.
9502 15113 Liberty Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771, Phone: 410-775-2513
11.Fiore Winery and Distillery
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Fiore Winery and Distillery is a high-quality winery in Harford County, originally opened to the public in 1986. The family-operated winery oversees its private La Felicetta Vineyard facility, which brings Italian wine growing and winemaking traditions to the Chesapeake Bay region. Award-winning wines can be sampled at the winery's tasting room, which is open to guests ages 21 years and older. A variety of craft spirits are also distilled at the facility, available for tastings, in cocktails, or for purchase by the bottle. Complimentary tours are offered twice each afternoon, showcasing the company's production operations. A wide variety of wine-related merchandise and pantry goods are sold, including locally-produced cheeses for pairing from Hawk's Hill Creamery.
3026 Whiteford Rd, Pylesville, MD 21132, Phone: 410-879-4007
12.Great Frogs Winery
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Great Frogs Winery is a delightful Annapolis estate winery located on the grounds of Harness Creek Vineyard, originally opened to the public in 1999. The lovely Chesapeake Bay peninsula winery is housed on the grounds of a former tobacco barn and farm, which has been in operation since 1691. Unique production techniques, including night harvesting and low-temperature fermentation, are utilized to craft wines because of the region's sandy loam soil. Tastings are offered with advance reservations, lasting approximately two hours and complemented by cheese, charcuterie, and fruit plates. Though tastings take place inside the facility's barn, visitors are welcome to purchase wines to enjoy with food outside on the winery's picnic grounds. Public special events include winery social hours, which serve up discounted wine offerings by the glass.
3218 Harness Creek Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403, Phone: 410-626-6193
13.Great Shoals Winery Tasting Room
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Great Shoals Winery Tasting Room is the official tasting room facility for Maryland's Great Shoals Winery, located within Heyser's Market in Takoma Park's historic downtown district, just minutes from the Washington, D.C.'s borders. The winery, which began producing wines in 2011, is named in honor of Princess Anne, Maryland's Great Shoals Light historic lighthouse. It is known for both high-quality traditional wines and hard ciders, including its Spencerville Red Hard Apple, which received a gold medal from the Maryland Governor's Cup competition. Visitors can taste more than 20 wines, ranging from dry to sweet varieties. Local craft beers are also served, along with cheese plates for pairings.
7050 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912, Phone: 301-310-3290
14.Harford Vineyard and Winery
Harford Vineyard and Winery has been open to the public since 2009, specializing in small-batch handcrafted wines produced from grapes grown on the company's 20-acre farm. The Harford County winery, which is located within Maryland's beautiful Piedmont Region, is operated by Teresa and Kevin Mooney and produces 13 craft wines throughout the year, including Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Malbec variants and unique blush and fruit wines. Guests can sample up to six wines as part of tasting flights, which are offered up Thursdays through Mondays throughout the afternoon hours at the company's tasting room. Public special events include live music performances on Friday evenings throughout the summer and indoor fireside concerts during the winter.
1311 W Jarrettsville Rd, Forest Hill, MD 21050, Phone: 443-495-1699
15.Knob Hall Winery
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Knob Hall Winery is a delightful Clear Spring winery housed on the Seibert family farm estate, located within Maryland's beautiful Antietam Highlands region. The company's vineyards span 43 acres, showcasing American and French hybrid vines used in award-winning wines and blends. Wines have received major awards at competitions such as the Maryland Governor's Cup, the International Eastern Wine Competition, and the International Women's Wine Competition. Visitors can taste sustainably-produced wines at the company's tasting room, which also offers outdoor picnic space for guests bringing their own food. Winery tours are also offered, along with a variety of annual public special events, including grapevine pruning workshops, live music performances, and harvest grape picking events.
14108 St Paul Rd, Clear Spring, MD 21722, Phone: 301-842-2777
16.Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery
Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery is Vienna, Maryland's premiere winery facility, housed on the 1,800-acre family farm of the Layton family. The winery, which was opened to the public in 2010 after years of vineyard cultivation, oversees 14 acres of grape-growing landscape, with grape crops imported from regional vineyards such as Fredonia, New York's Double A Vineyards. Visitors can taste the company's dry, semi-sweet, sparkling, and dessert wine varieties, along with a selection of high-quality fruit wines emphasizing flavors such as blueberry and watermelon. Winery tours are also offered at the facility each Saturday and Sunday afternoon. On Friday evenings throughout the summer, happy hour events bring musicians to the winery's pet-friendly patio.
225 New Bridge Rd, Vienna, MD 21869, Phone: 410-228-1205
© Linganore Winecellars
Linganore Winecellars is set on the family estate of Jack and Lucille Aellen, located within Maryland's Berrywine Plantations/Linganore AVA, the state's first designated viticultural area. The winery, which was established in 1972 on a former dairy farm facility, is open to the public year-round with the exception of major holidays. More than 30 award-winning wines have received more than 200 international wine competition medals, ranging from red and white dinner wines to specialty wines and meads produced with locally-sourced honeys and fruits. A casual tasting room offers daily tastings, with wine and cheese pairings available for an additional fee. Complimentary guided tours are offered on select afternoons, lasting approximately half an hour and showcasing the winery's history and operations. Public special events include outdoor music festivals and picnic dinner events.
13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771, Phone: 301-831-5889
18.Mount Felix Winery
Mount Felix Winery is housed on the grounds of the beautiful 1830s-era Mount Felix Manor, located in Havre de Grace, Maryland at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna River. The winery's southeasterly-oriented vineyard slopes maximize the long hours of light exposure offered along the banks of the Chesapeake, producing high-quality grape varietals showcased in dry and sweet wines such as Chardonnays, Chambourcins, and Tannats. Specialty fruit wines are also produced, including seasonal varieties such as mango, cranberry, and pumpkin wines. Visitors can taste the company's dry or sweet wines at its 9,000-square-foot tasting room, which showcases 11 cozy fireplaces, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, and a rooftop terrace.
2000 Level Rd, Havre De Grace, MD 21078, Phone: 410-939-0913
19.Old Westminster Winery
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Old Westminster Winery has been owned and operated by married duo Virginia and Jay Baker and their three children since 2013. The delightful Carroll County winery produces more than 30,000 bottles of wine annually, grown on the premises at the company's home vineyard and in neighboring Maryland vineyards. Its public tasting room facility, opened in 2015, serves up delicious wines by the glass or by the flight, paired with locally-produced cheeses, charcuterie, and produce. Guests can also purchase wines by the bottle to pair with picnics to enjoy on the winery's outdoor grounds. Live music performances are showcased throughout the summer months on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Food trucks are also parked on site most weekends between May and October.
1550 Old Westminster Rd, Westminster, MD 21157, Phone: 410-881-4656
Olney Winery was originally opened to the public in 2012, overseen by company president Joe McCall. The winery, which produces wines served or sold at more than 600 locations throughout Maryland, sources grapes from vineyards around the world to cultivate more than 30 high-quality wine varietals. Award-winning wines range from classic varieties such as Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignons, and Rieslings to unique international varieties such as South African-style Chenin Blanc, Chilean Malbec, and German Muller-Thurgau. Fruit wines can also be tasted at the company's Hagerstown tasting room, which offers daily food specials and live music performances on the weekends. A unique make-your-own-wine experience is offered with advance reservations, letting participants work with the company's winemakers and graphic designers to create their own custom wine batches.
8127 Town Center Dr, Olney, MD 20832, Phone: 301-570-1907
21.Port of Leonardtown Winery
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Port of Leonardtown Winery is located within Leonardtown, Maryland's McIntosh Ruh Park, offering convenient access to area walking trails, canoe and kayak launch sites, and day-use picnic sites. The winery sources its grapes from 12 vineyards throughout Maryland's St. Mary's, Charles, and Calvert Counties, showcased in delicious Barbera, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Traminette, and Petit Verdot varietals. Guests can enjoy wine tasting flights highlighting the company's Swirl Series or Black Label wines, paired with regional cheeses, charcuteries, and crackers. Gift items are also sold at the company's tasting room, including wine and cheese gift baskets. Public special events include patio concerts, wine pairing dinners, and open houses held in conjunction with the First Fridays in Leonardtown event series.
23190 Newtowne Neck Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650, Phone: 301-690-2192
22.Romano Vineyard and Winery
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Romano Vineyard and Winery is a family-owned and operated winery in Brandywine, Maryland, located just south of Washington, D.C. in the beautiful rural corridor of Prince George's County. The small-lot winery, which was originally founded in 2007 by Jo-Ann and Joseph Romano, produces five varieties of high-quality wines, including Barbera, Vidal, Cayuga, Chambourcin, and Traminette varietals. Tastings are offered Friday and Saturday afternoons for a flat nominal fee. Though no food is served on premises, guests are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches to enjoy alongside tasting flights and bottles. Public special events include food truck nights, cigar events, and a Saturday Music in the Vineyard series.
15715 Bald Eagle School Rd, Brandywine, MD 20613, Phone: 301-752-1103
23.Springfield Manor Winery Distillery Brewery
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Springfield Manor Winery Distillery Brewery is located on the beautiful grounds of Thurmont's historic Springfield Manor, named in honor of the noted limestone aquifer it sits atop, which produces high-quality spring water for wine production. A wide variety of farm products are cultivated at the 130-acre estate, ranging from an active apiary facility producing farm honey to grapes grown for award-winning wine varietals. Tasting room visitors can enjoy tastings of the company's high-quality wines, standard and frozen sangrias, craft beers, and small-batch fine spirits, including award-winning rye whiskies, bourbons, rums, and lavender gins. A small plate menu is served up alongside wines, with food trucks parked on site periodically. Outdoor special events hosted throughout the summer season include live music performances. Visitors can also stay overnight at the intimate Inn at Springfield Manor, which offers complimentary wine tastings for all overnight guests.
11836 Auburn Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788, Phone: 301-271-0099
24.Thanksgiving Farm Winery
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Thanksgiving Farm Winery is Harwood, Maryland's premiere farm winery, located less than 20 minutes from Washington, D.C.'s city center along the banks of the West and Patuxent Rivers. The winery, which is overseen by Heimbuch Estate Vineyards, produces high-quality wines from delicious Maryland-grown grapes, focusing on traditional Bordeaux-style wines such as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Visitors can sample wines at the company's tasting room, which is open weekend afternoons seasonally between April and November. Throughout the rest of the year, tastings are available for small groups by appointment only. Wines are also available for purchase by the bottle, with picnic space offered adjacent to the tasting room for guests bringing their own food to enjoy.
195 Harwood Rd, Harwood, MD 20776, Phone: 410-630-1511
25.The Urban Winery
The Urban Winery is the closest winery to downtown Washington, D.C., located in upscale Maryland suburb Silver Spring. The winery, which is owned and operated by Georgia Callis, strives to cultivate the experience of wine tasting as a social occasion, best shared in the company of friends and family. Traditionally-crafted wines are prepared from the finest international imported grapes, showcased in high-quality red and white varietals and blends, including oak-aged variants. Full international import wine, craft beer, and spirits lists are also available for purchase, along with a selection of fruit wines showcased as part of the winery's Metro Series. Visitors can also take part in wine education classes or craft their own small-lot wines, aided by winemaking experts.
949 Bonifant St, Silver Spring, MD 2091, Phone: 301-585-4100
25 Best Maryland Wineries
- Basignani Winery, Photo: Basignani Winery
- Big Cork Vineyards, Photo: Big Cork Vineyards
- Black Ankle Vineyards, Photo: Black Ankle Vineyards
- Boordy Vineyards, Photo: Boordy Vineyards
- Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery, Photo: Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery
- Broken Spoke Winery, Photo: Broken Spoke Winery
- Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Photo: stevecuk/stock.adobe.com
- Crow Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Crow Vineyard and Winery
- Dove Valley Vineyard, Photo: Igor Normann/stock.adobe.com
- Elk Run Winery, Photo: fovivafoto/stock.adobe.com
- Fiore Winery and Distillery, Photo: Fiore Winery and Distillery
- Great Frogs Winery, Photo: Great Frogs Winery
- Great Shoals Winery Tasting Room, Photo: Minerva Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Harford Vineyard and Winery, Photo: FreeProd/stock.adobe.com
- Knob Hall Winery, Photo: Knob Hall Winery
- Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery, Photo: gannamartysheva/stock.adobe.com
- Linganore Winecellars, Photo: Linganore Winecellars
- Mount Felix Winery, Photo: ElenaR/stock.adobe.com
- Old Westminster Winery, Photo: Old Westminster Winery
- Olney Winery, Photo: caftor/stock.adobe.com
- Port of Leonardtown Winery, Photo: Port of Leonardtown Winery
- Romano Vineyard and Winery, Photo: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Springfield Manor Winery Distillery Brewery, Photo: Springfield Manor Winery Distillery Brewery
- Thanksgiving Farm Winery, Photo: Thanksgiving Farm Winery
- The Urban Winery, Photo: Elodie/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: Sanja/stock.adobe.com