Industry History

1648 - Earliest recorded instance of winemaking in Maryland, by Tenis Palee

1662 - Governor Charles Calvert plants 200 acres of European grapes, the first European grapes in Maryland, on the east bank of St. Mary’s River

1823 - John Adlum of Havre de Grace writes the first book in America on viticulture and winemaking

1829 - Maryland Society for Promoting the Culture of the Vine is formed

1933 - Philip Wagner, a columnist with the Baltimore Sun, publishes American Wines and How to Make Them, later revised as Grapes Into Wine; it is the definitive book on winemaking in America

1945 - Boordy Vineyards opens in Riderwood, Maryland’s first bonded winery; Philip Wagner, proprietor

1962 - Montbray Wine Cellars in Silver Run; Dr. G. Hamilton Mowbray, proprietor. It closes in 1992

1974 - Provenza Winery opens in Brookeville; it closes in 1983

1975 - Dr. G. Hamilton Mowbray receives the Merite Agricole award from the French Embassy

1976 - Linganore Winecellars at Berrywine Plantation opens in Mt. Airy; Jack and Lucille Aellen, proprietors
- Bon Sporanza Winery opens in Westminster; it closes in 1982.
- Byrd Winery opens in Mt. Airy; it closes in 1996.

1977 - Ziem Wine Cellars opens in Downsville; it closes in 1998

1980 - Philip Wagner sells Boordy Vineyards to the Deford family, the winery moves to Hydes

1981 - Maryland Grape Growers Association is formed

1983 - Woodhall Vineyards and Wine Cellars in Parkton opens
- Catoctin Vineyards in Brookeville opens; Bob Lyon, proprietor
- Elk Run Winery in Mt. Airy opens; Carol and Fred Wilson, proprietors
- The Linganore AVA area is formed

1984 - Maryland Wineries Association is founded
- The first Maryland Wine Festival is held
- Maryland Winery and Grape Growers Advisory Board is formed
- Whitemarsh Cellars opens in Westminster; it closes in 1987

1985 - Loew Vineyards in Mt. Airy opens; Bill and Lois Loew, proprietors
- The Maryland Wine Festival moves to the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster
- The Cumberland Valley AVA area is formed

1986 - Fiore Winery in Pylesville opens; Mike and Rose Fiore, proprietors
- Basignani Winery in Sparks opens; Bert and Lynne Basignani, proprietors

1987 - The Catoctin AVA is formed

1993 - The first Wine in the Woods festival held in Columbia

1996 - Cygnus Wine Cellars in Manchester opens, Ray Brasfield, proprietor

1997 - Deep Creek Cellars in Friendsville opens; Paul Roberts and Nadine Grabania, proprietors

2000 - Maryland House Bill 414 passes, allowing state wineries to sell wine by the glass at the winery and to bring product onto retail licensed premises for promotional activities
- Penn Oaks Winery in Silver Spring opens
- Record crowd of more than 25,000 attends the Maryland Wine Festival
- Maryland’s wineries sell a record 86,954 gallons

2001 - Maryland Wineries Association launches its first-ever major cooperative marketing campaign, "Ask For Maryland Wine"

2002 - Little Ashby Vineyards in Easton opens; Warren and Lynne Rich, proprietors

2003 - Maryland Wineries Association hires Dr. Kevin Atticks as executive director
- Three new festivals debut: Great Grapes! in June in Timonium; Riverside Winefest at Sotterley in October in Hollywood; Autumn Wine Festival in October in Salisbury
- Governor Robert Ehrlich presents the Governor’s Cup Award at the Maryland Wine Festival – the first time a sitting Governor has presented the award.

2004 - Governor Robert Ehrlich plants a grapevine at Government House in support of the Maryland wine industry
- Cove Point Vineyard and Winery in Lusby opens; Tim and Sheryl Lewis, proprietors
- Chapel Cellars in Historic Saint Mary’s City opens; Ann and Ken Korando, proprietors; closes in 2006.
- Solomons Island Winery in Solomons opens; Ken and Ann Korando, proprietors
- Governor Ehrlich forms the Maryland Wine and Grape Advisory Committee to investigate ways of promoting growth in the industry

2005 - Wine and Grape Advisory Committee releases its report: “Maryland Wine: the Next Vintage”
- Tilmon's Island Winery begins production.
- Great Grapes! festival moves to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville
- Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy, and Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyards in Dickerson, begin production.
- St. Michaels Winery in St. Michaels opens to the public.
- Maryland Wine & Grape Advisory Commission is formed through legislation, making permanent the previous advisory committee.

2006 - Cascia Vineyards in Stevensville begins production.
- Dragonfly Farms in Mt. Airy begins production as Maryland's first wine vinegary.
- Fridays Creek Winery in Owings opens to the public.
- Heimbuch Estate Vineyards & Winery begins production.
- Terrapin Station Winery begins production.

2007 - Maryland Wine & Grape Legislative Caucus is formed.
- Frederick Cellars forms, purchases Catoctin Vineyards and moves it to Frederick.
- Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery begins production in St. Leonard.
- Bordeleau Winery in Allen begins production.
- Dove Valley Winery in Rising Sun begins production, opens to the public.
- Mt. Felix Winery in Havre de Grace begins production.
- Cassinelli Vineyards & Winery begins production in Church Hill.

2008 - Galloping Goose Vineyard begins production in Hampstead.
- Running Hare Vineyard begins production in Prince Frederick.
- Orchid Cellar begins production in Thurmont.
- Far Eastern Shore Winery begins production in Easton.
- Legends Vineyard begins production in Churchville

2009 - Serpent Ridge Vineyard opens in Westminster
- Harford Vineyard begins production in Forest Hill
- Patuxent Wine Trail launched
- Chesapeake Wine Trail launched
- Piedmont Wine Trail launched

2010 - "The Maryland Winery Modernization Act" is signed into law, revising the laws affecting winery operations.
- Knob Hall Winery begins production in Clear Spring
- Port of Leonardtown Winery opens in Leonardtown
- Layton's Chance Vineyard & Winery opens in Vienna
- DeJon Vineyards opens in Hydes
- Carroll Wine Trail launched
- Costa Ventosa Winery opens in Whaleyville
- Slack Winery opens in Ridge
- Orchid Cellar opens in Middletown
- Distillery Lane Ciderworks opens in Jefferson

2011 - Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipping is signed into law, allowing Marylanders the ability to order and receive wine by mail.
- Royal Rabbit Vineyards opens in Parkton
- Romano Vineyard & Winery opens in Brandywine
- Great Shoals Winery opens in Princess Anne

2012 - "History of Maryland Wine: A Full-Bodied History" -- written by Regina Mc Carthy -- is released by History Press
- Detour Winery opens in Detour
- Crow Vineyards opens in Kennedyville
- Frederick Cellars closes

2013 - Law passed to allow wineries to attend farmers' market
- Old Westminster Winery opens in Westminster
- Charis Winery opens in Cumberland
- Millstone Cellars opens in Monkton
- Red Heifer Winery opens in Smithsburg
- Big Cork Winery opens in Rohrersville