With its location on the East Coast of the United States, Maryland has a variety of landscapes to enjoy. If you are looking for a metropolitan area or country setting, sand and sun or mountainous areas to explore, Maryland includes it all. Looking for urban or rural wineries, you will find them in Maryland.
With 70 wineries and over 450 acres of grapes statewide, Maryland is in a period of growth. New vineyards are planted every year with severalwineries opening.
Maryland consists of seven grape growing areas. The Eastern Shore, Central Maryland region, The D.C. Metro Wine Region, Southern Maryland region, North Eastern region, North Central regions and Western Mountain region.
There are several appellations (AVAs) in the state.The Maryland State Appellation encompases the entire state. In addition there are well defined appellations within the state: the Catoctin AVA, the Cumberland Valley AVA and the Linganore AVA. Most state wineries use the state appellation on labels.
Although there are many grape varieties grown in the state, the most prevalent vinifera varieties are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Frank. Other grapes grown in the state include the hybrids Chambourcin and Vidal Blanc. Wine enthusiasts can search and find over 80 wine grape varieties grown in the state. Article on grape varieties grown in Maryland.
The number of wineries in Maryland is continuing to increase and many have interesting stories to tell. When you have the opportunity, be sure to visit Maryland wineries. Wherever you are in the state, there is a winery within an hour's drive. A few of the wineries offer lodging, making them a great base to explore surrounding wineries. Take advantage of events at individual wineries and alond the state's wine trails.
Wine Trails in Maryland
Maryland has seven wine trails as well as an interstate wine trail. The seven wine trails in the state include:
The Mason Dixon Wine Trail includes wineries in Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Maryland Quick Facts
70 licensed wineries
Boordy Vineyards is the oldest winery in the state opening in 1945.
In 2013, Maryland wineries sold 1,739,637 bottles of wine.
There are over 450 acres of wine grapes grown in Maryland.
Visit the Maryland Wine website for wineries, their hours and a list of events.
For more inforrmation about Maryland Wineries read the following articles:
-Misconceptions 1 examines some of the misconceptions about Maryland wine.
-Misconceptions 2 looks at some of the misconceptions about Maryland wineries.
-MD Grape Varieties mentions the most widely planted grapes in Maryland and the hard to find grape varieties.
-Where are Maryland Wineries? Wine regions and wine trails in the state are presented.
-Maryland Fruit Wines lists the Maryland wineries that produce fruit wines and presents the different methods of producing fruit wines.
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