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USDA Funding Supports Black Ankle Vineyard Solar Project

Mt. Airy, MD., December 12, 2013 – Today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Bill McGowan joined farmers Ed Boyce and Sara O’Herron at their farm to highlight the USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).... read more >


Maryland Wineries Win Big at 2013 Grand Harvest Awards

Vineyard & Winery Management’s 23rd Annual Grand Harvest Awards have announced the results of this year’s competition with 53 Best of Class awards including 139 Double Gold, 25 Gold, and 432 Silver medals. Established in 1990, the wine competition is... read more >


New Mobile App Makes Finding MD Wineries A Breeze

Have you ever had the urge to visit a winery or brewery but had trouble finding one near you?  Download the new mobile app, theCompass Alcohol Locator, to locate wineries, breweries, and distilleries across North America. Results can be filtered by state as well... read more >


2013 Holiday Gift Guide for Wine Lovers

As Christmas time starts to bring twinkling lights, chilly temperatures, and good tidings to all, it's time to start thinking about gift giving for the wine lover in your life. Maryland Wine has compiled a list of gifts that will bring some extra cheer to those on... read more >


Cyber Monday Sale on Premier Wine Experience

Winter Wine at Evergreen Museum & Library , on January 9, 2014, showcases the best wine Maryland has to offer at an impressive Baltimore landmark. Winter Wine is a place for wine lovers to experience the best that Maryland has to offer in a small, exclusive... read more >


2013 Thanksgiving Wine Roundup

All hosts strive to impress their loved ones at their Thanksgiving dinner tables.  If you still haven’t given any thought to which wines to pour with your turkey dinner, now might be a good time to start. Bringing a local wine to your table is easy to do and... read more >


Fall grape harvest in progress

Fall harvest was in “fall-effect” when we caught up with our wineries in October! Each winery had a different reaction to the wet spring, and all went into great detail to explain their successes and minor bumps throughout the growing season. ... read more >


A Quick Catch Up With Lauren Horlock

Lauren Horlock is a Canadian winemaker who studied winemaking and viticulture in Niagara Falls, Ontario. She left her native Canada to work with top winemakers in New Zealand and the U.S., then returned home to accept the position of head winemaker at Hillier Creek... read more >


Maryland Wine Festival: From the Eyes of an MWA Intern

Julia Fabiani is a senior at Towson University and MWA intern. The 30th annual Maryland Wine Festival took place at the beautiful Carroll County Farm Museum on the weekend of September 20th and 21st.  Being a first-time attendee and participant at the wine... read more >


First Annual Free State Throwdown Winners Announced

Last Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens battled the Houston Texans and ultimately, the Ravens took home the win. While that competition was going on on the field, a stiff competition was going on in the Premier Tent at the Maryland Wine Festival. The first annual Free State... read more >


First Lady Katie O'Malley Announces 2013 Maryland Wine Governor's Cup Winners

On Tuesday, September 3, First Lady Katie O'Malley presented the winners of the 23rd Annual Maryland Wine Governor's Cup at the Evergreen Museum & Library. The invite-only event was held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. outside on the patio. Winning winemakers were in attendance... read more >


A Quick Catch Up With Janna Howley

Janna Howley says that her love of agriculture stemmed from her childhood in Northern Montgomery County. "I grew up surrounded by farms, so maybe it’s a nurture thing," Howley says. Either way, it's evident that Janna has taken her passion for... read more >


Maryland's Oldest Winery to Unveil New Building And Production Facility This Fall

This Fall, Boordy Vineyards , Maryland’s oldest winery, will celebrate the completion of a project that has been five years in the making. On September 12, beginning at 11am, over 100 people are expected to gather at the winery in Baltimore County for the... read more >

Taste of Linganore, Food & Wine Festival Set For August 11, 2013

Taste of Linganore, Food & Wine Festival Set For August 11, 2013

Taste of Linganore, the region’s newest food and wine festival brings together wine and food to benefit Share our Strength on August 11, 2013 from 12noon to 5pm. Presented by Linganore Winecellars , this event promises something for everyone, young or old,... read more >


A Quick Catch Up With Christine Bergmark

When it comes to Maryland, most people think of good crabs, ice-cold Natty Boh , and a football team that dominates. According to the Maryland State Archives, 2.05 million acres, or roughly 32 percent of total land area is used for farming, suggesting that Maryland... read more >


2013 Winemaster Choice Competition Winners Announced

2013 Winemasters Choice Competition Winners Announced On May 29, members of the trade and winemakers from across the state of Maryland came together for the 7th Annual Winemasters Choice Competition. The competition brought together 24 judges to taste through 110... read more >


Great Shoals Adds Peach, Apple Ciders to Expanding List of Products

Patriot NewsGreat Shoals Winery has been open two years now, and the longer the producer from Maryland's Somerset County goes, the more the demand increases for new products.Winemaker Matt Cimino said last week by phone that the winery is working with several regional... read more >


Big Cork Vineyards Goes to Cannes Film Festival

Big Cork Vineyards, the second largest vineyard in Washington County, Md., is excited to announce they have been selected to share their fine, handcrafted wines at a wine tasting party during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The party is exclusive to film festival... read more >

Welcome the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail!

Welcome the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail!

The Maryland Wineries Association is eager to present Maryland’s newest wine trail, the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail. This trail stretches across eastern Western Maryland, touching on renowned wineries, historic sites, and scenic Maryland nature. “It... read more >


Drink Local Wine Conference April 13

Buy your tickets today for the Drink Local Wine Conference held at the Tremont Suites Hotel and Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore. DLW 2013 will include a Maryland Twitter Taste-off, featuring two dozen of the state’s best wineries, on April 13, plus four seminars... read more >


Exploring DeJon Vineyards

MWA Intern Christine Adkins writes about her recent visit to DeJon Vineyards. Taking the Harford Rd exit from busy I-695, the familiar scenes of pavement and office buildings are quickly replaced with the rolling countryside of Hyde, MD. It is here, amidst the quaint... read more >


Man Cannot Survive on Local Wine Alone

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching and beer stores stocking up for the pre-festivity mad dash, wine may be taking a back seat to the Irish saint and his many followers. Nevertheless, Maryland’s local brewing scene is just as vibrant and evolving as its... read more >


Port of Leonardtown's Spring Artist In Residence

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Feature: How to Pair Wine With Chocolate

For cork dorks alike, no evening is complete without a great glass of wine. For lovers alike, no Valentine’s Day is complete without a box of chocolates. If you love wine and love love, then Valentine’s Day is the perfect fusion of chocolate and wine. But... read more >


Feature: Winter Wine at Evergreen Recap

Guests slide out of their winter coats and offer an outstretched hand to a crystal champagne flute as soft piano notes float down the open stairway, transporting them to a earlier decade of regale flair. Climbing the stairs and entering a personal theater, these flutes... read more >


Feature: Crow Farm & Vineyard

Roy and Judy Crow, owners of the beautiful 365-acre working farm located in Kennedeyville, MD, have succeeded in implementing sustainable changes to their third generation family farm by adding new opportunities for growth while still preserving its original flavor. A... read more >