Maryland’s Growing Wine Industry

Growing at a staggering 25 percent a year, Maryland’s wine industry is no longer the best kept secret on the East Coast. With 38 licensed wineries on the map, encompassing 5 trails, 4 distinct growing regions, and 3 AVAs, Maryland offers visitors a wine for every palate and makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

I recently visited Maryland and jumped on the Frederick Wine Trail to visit 2 award-winning wineries, Elk Run Vineyards and the 2-time Governor’s Cup winning winery, Black Ankle Vineyards. Situated in the heart of the Piedmont region, the Frederick Wine Trail is made up of 6 wineries and their combined 120 acres of vineyards. A short drive from Washington DC, the trail offers everything from quaint antique shops to picturesque landscapes dotted with historic homes and battlefields. A perfect day trip.

Stay tuned this week for a recap of my visit along with a review of the 2009 Governor’s Cup Best in Show Crumbling Rock and Best in Class Cold Friday Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheers!

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One thought on “Maryland’s Growing Wine Industry

  1. I sampled the Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah and though both were excellent (very fair pricing as well). I still have a PV I need to open, but will probably save for a food pairing. Any wine trips planned in the next month or so? Cheers!

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