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Here you can learn about the latest happenings in the Maryland wine and grape industry.

News and Information


12/03/12

Spiced Wine: A Great Holiday Tradition

There are countless pleasantries about the transition from fall to winter. Having an excuse to snuggle by the fire and read a good book, the anticipation of the first snowfall and the rapture of spending time with old family and friends. Winter is a mystical season... read more >

12/03/12

Red Heifer Winery Opening

“When I see someone taste my wine and enjoy it, it really makes the hard work and long hours all worth while,” said Kevin Ford. “We’re excited to share our wine with everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from.” Kevin’s... read more >

11/17/12

Drink Local Wine Coming to MD in 2013

Drink Local Wine will hold its fifth annual conference April 12-14, 2013 in Baltimore, focusing on Maryland wine. The state’s industry is one of the fastest growing in the country, and its 61 wineries are almost 50 percent more than in 2010. The state's four... read more >


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10/04/12

Maryland Wine Week set for June 14-24, 2013

The third annual Maryland Wine Week has been scheduled for June 14-24, 2013. Maryland Wineries Association will be pairing up with restaurants and wine shops throughout the state to promote and serve local Maryland wine, as well as paying tribute to the many wine shops... read more >


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10/04/12

Maryland Wine Week set for June 14-24, 2013

The third annual Maryland Wine Week has been scheduled for June 14-24, 2013. Maryland Wineries Association will be pairing up with restaurants and wine shops throughout the state to promote and serve local Maryland wine, as well as paying tribute to the many wine shops... read more >


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10/02/12

Linganore Winecellars founder Jack Aellen, 1927-2012

John P. Jack Aellen Jr., founder of Berrywine Plantations / Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy, MD, died suddenly on Saturday, September 22nd, in Naples, FL. He was 84. “He was a very passionate man in everything he did—not just his wine—but also... read more >

09/24/12

Linganore Winecellars founder Jack Aellen, 1927-2012

Mr. John P. Jack Aellen, Jr., 84, of Naples, FL and formerly of Mt. Airy, MD, died suddenly September 22, 2012 in Naples. Born December 25, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late John Paul Aellen Sr. and Elizabeth Cherouny Aellen. He was the husband of Lucille... read more >

Maryland Wine Festival this weekend!
09/12/12

Maryland Wine Festival this weekend!

The 29th Annual Maryland Wine Festival will be held this weekend, Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday, September 16 from 12 - 6 p.m. Thirty-seven wineries from across the state of Maryland will be in attendance. Over 250 wines will be available for... read more >

09/04/12

2012 Governor's Cup results announced

The 24th Annual Governor’s Cup Competition was held on August 19 in Timonium, and after a long day tasting through 29 flights of over 140 wines, the judges have identified some of the best wines in Maryland. “This was one of the most impressive rosters of... read more >

09/01/12

Fall Artist in Residence - Dean Souleles

Port of Leonardtown Winery is pleased to announce the upcoming art show by photographic artist, Dean Souleles that will run from Wednesday, September 5 through December, 2012.   Dean is a fine art photographer who comes to us from Fall Church, Virginia.  Dean... read more >

07/18/12

Maryland Wine Brings Home the Gold from the 2012 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

Four Maryland wineries brought home 8 “Best of Category” medals from the Eighth Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition this past weekend.  Half of these “Best of Category” wines come from Elk Run Vineyards, located in Frederick County.... read more >

07/10/12

Cascia Vineyards Opens for Tastings and Sales

Congratulations to Cascia Vineyards, now open for tastings and sales Saturdays and Sundays from 12 - 4 p.m., and other times by appointment. See details.

07/06/12

WYPR's Cellar Notes Highlights "World Class" Maryland Wine

WYPR's Cellar Notes host Al Spoler highlights his pouring of "world class" Maryland wine to a meeting of international attorneys. Click to hear the Cellar Notes .

07/06/12

Behind the Scenes at the Winemasters Choice Awards

Each spring, the Maryland Wineries Association invites local wineries to submit bottles of their wines to a competition called The Winemasters Choice Awards. This competition is similar in format to Maryland’s original wine competition, The Governor’s Cup,... read more >

06/13/12

2012 Winemasters Choice Awards Results Released During Maryland Wine Week

The 6th Annual Winemasters Choice Awards competition was held Thursday, May 31st in Timonium, MD. The competition featured over 100 wines submitted by 20 Maryland wineries. Wines were divided into categories based on their characteristics and judged in a blind... read more >

SECOND ANNUAL “MARYLAND WINE WEEK” JUNE 8-17, 2012
05/15/12

SECOND ANNUAL “MARYLAND WINE WEEK” JUNE 8-17, 2012

The Maryland Wineries Association is pairing up with quality restaurants and wine shops to celebrate the second annual “Maryland Wine Week” from June 8-17, 2012. "Maryland Wine Week is a great opportunity to showcase our locally grown wines, paired... read more >


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05/14/12

Elk Run Vineyards Medals in National Competitions!

After 33 years of growing classic European varietals, Elk Run Vineyards has produced over 600 national and international award winners. Elk Run’s Reds have been showing extremely well this season.  The 2012 competitions have yielded the following medals... read more >

05/01/12

Port of Leonardtown Winey Rounds Out Rosé Selection

Port of Leonardtown announces the release of two new Rosé wines. Keeping with our Chesapeake Bay, focus we have given our new 2011 Rosé wines local names, Wicomico, is pronounced why-KAHM-ih-ko, and Chaptico. These Rosés will debut during... read more >


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04/03/12

DECANTER: A Celebration of Maryland Wine & Horse Racing

The Maryland Wineries Association in conjunction with the Maryland Jockey Club presents the second annual Decanter: A Celebration of Maryland Wine & Racing on April 21-22, in the infield of Pimlico Race Course. Tickets start at $30 and feature an infield vantage... read more >


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04/03/12

A Toast to Frederick Wine Festival

The Frederick Wine Trail and the E-ventplex at the Frederick Fairgrounds announce an exciting kick-off to the 2012 wine festival season. On April 21 and 22, 2012, the beautifully renovated Null Building at the E-ventplex will be the site of the third annual “A... read more >


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03/31/12

Maryland wines bring home GOLD!

Two International Wine Competitions, the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and the International Eastern Wine Competition, have recently released the results of their 2012 results, and several of Maryland’s 54 wineries have won medals across the... read more >

Rincavage wins 2012 photo contest
03/31/12

Rincavage wins 2012 photo contest

Congratulations to our 2011 Annual Photo contest winner Steve Rincavage! Rincavage's photo was taken in his backyard vineyard, in Westminster Maryland. Rincavage is a home grape grower and dabbles in wine making using his Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc grapes. He has... read more >

New book,
03/31/12

New book, "Maryland Wine: A Full-Bodied History," released

While Maryland wine has been cultivated, consumed, awarded and applauded by many, even some of those most involved in the industry do not know all of the deep secrets that it holds. When was the first mention of wine and grapes in the state of Maryland? How did the... read more >

03/01/12

Green wineries

In the past ten years or so, particularly amidst all the concern facing the changing global climate, many Americans have made a noble decision: green or bust. If you’re not entirely sure what this means, here’s a little crash course. Day-to-day, we are... read more >

02/09/12

DECANTER: A Celebration of Maryland Wine & Horse Racing

The Maryland Wineries Association in conjunction with the Maryland Jockey Club presents the second annual Decanter: A Celebration of Maryland Wine & Racing on April 21-22, in the infield of Pimlico Race Course. Tickets start at $30 and feature an infield vantage... read more >

01/30/12

Maryland Wine Industry Grew 11.6% in 2011

The Office of the Comptroller’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Annual Report shows that the wineries of Maryland sold 181,000 more bottles of wine in 2011 than 2010; an 11.6% increase.  Wineries increased their share of the state wine market to 2.38% and total sales... read more >

01/23/12

Port of Leonardtown Winery Announces a New Artist-in-Residence

Port of Leonardtown Winery is pleased to showcase the work of budding photographic artist, Katie Buckler, in the winery tasting room beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2012.   A member of one of St. Mary’s County’s deep rooted families, Katie photographs... read more >


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01/06/12

Photo Contest Entries Due January 13th

Have you taken great photographs of local wineries and vineyards in the past year? Enter our annual photo contest for a chance to win $500! See all the details here. CDs must be postmarked no later than January 13th. read more >