The Chesapeake Bay region has more than 40 wineries in Maryland and Virginia. Some with great water views, one accessible by boat. Other wineries overlook peaceful rows of vineyards in the middle of farmland.
Many vineyards have wines that appeal to sweeter, fruity tastes, while several wineries are working toward drier French Bordeaux and Italian Tuscan wine styles with award-winning results.
Both sides of the Chesapeake Bay are known for warm days and cool nights with sandy, well-drained soil making not only beautiful settings but increasingly well-received wines. Vineyards began around the Chesapeake in 1662 when Governor Charles Calvert planted 200 acres of European grapes on the east bank of St. Mary’s River.
Travel and Leisure Magazine says Virginia is one of five up-and-coming wine regions, along with Chili, Italy, Spain and New Zealand. Virginia has more than 190 vineyards today.
Broody Vineyards was the first modern vineyard in Maryland opening in 1945. The industry didn’t really start to take off until 2000, when the state legislature allowed wineries to sell by the glass at the vineyards. There was another jump in 2010 with passage of more vineyard-friendly state laws. That’s why you’ll find a lot of young vineyards around the Bay.
But their wine is starting to come of age in the bottles. And while not aged enough to be complex yet, you’ll find many selling varieties to appeal to all tastes, from sweet to dry. Great Frogs in Annapolis has been featured in wine tastings along side Stag’s Leap and other California titans of the U.S. wine industry.
Athena Vineyards, started in 2002, is in Virginia's Northern Neck, a peninsula formed by the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers. Our vineyards are broken into 7 different small, manageable blocks – each with their own unique microclimate. These Estate Vineyards cover about 40 acres of gently rolling, well-drained countryside. The climate and topography creates conditions reminiscent of those of the Bordeaux region. Tasting Room hours: December 16th to May 23rd: Open Friday - Sunday, Noon-5:00pm. May 24th to December 15th: Open Wednesday - Sunday Noon - 6:00pm CLOSED: Thanksgiving and December 21 thru January 10, 2015.
We planted the first vineyards at Long Green in 1965 and moved Boordy to the farm in 1980, dedicating ourselves to producing good wines and extending our family’s hospitality to wine lovers. In keeping with an ethos of good stewardship we placed the farm in permanent preservation with the Maryland Environmental Trust. Treat yourself to an afternoon in the country and settle into the charming winecellar or outdoor patio for quiet conversation or even a celebration. WINERY, TASTING ROOM & WINESHOP: Mon–Sat 10am–5pm & Sun 1–5pm.Tours daily at 2pm and 3.30pm.
Located just south of Salisbury, Maryland, nestled between the gentle slopes of the Wicomico Creek. Our name, Bordeleau "The Water's Edge" was chosen to reflect not only the distinctive environment where we hand-harvest our grapes, but also the favorable climate similarities to the Bordeaux region of France. Currently, 10 different varieties of grapes are under cultivation on 10+ acres. Growing since 1999. Wed-Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12:30-6pm
Located on 110 acres of woods and rolling, open land, Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards is located off of Route 213 on your way to Chestertown, Maryland on the Eastern Shore. Growing since 2004. Tasting room open Sat-Sun 12-4pm.
Our family owned vineyard & winery is located on 368 acres in Chesapeake City, Maryland, the original site of Augustine Herrman's historical Bohemia Manor Farm. In 2015 we will open our wine tasting building and release our sparkling wine. Until the room is open, tastings by appointment. Check the website.
Chatham Farm has been a working farm for four centuries. The winery was constructed in 2005 and currently has a production capacity of 3,000 to 5,000 cases annually. Tastings: Open Daily from 10am-5pm (April - December)Closed on Tuesday & Wednesdays (January - March)
Cove Point Winery is a small micro-winery located in Southern Maryland's Calvert County town of Lusby. The winery is located about 6 miles north of Solomons Island and just a short distance from Cove Point Lighthouse -Maryland's oldest operational lighthouse. Cove Point Winery is the first licensed and bonded winery in Southern Maryland - Calvert County. As such, we obtain grapes and juice from local growers here in Southern Maryland, as well as from other sources. Wed through Sun 11:30am-5:30pm.
The vineyard consists of more than 6 acres of Vinifera and French American Hybrid vines. Our area is very much like Bordeaux: sandy soil with rocks, a nearby estuary (Chesapeake Bay) and a water table which requires an underground tilling system for drainage are just a few of the similarities. Tastings: March through November, EVERY DAY 11am-6pm. Out of Season: Friday-Sunday, 11am-5 pm
Dove Valley grapes are grown by our family in our vineyard at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. This area has just the right soil, sun and air flow to produce premium grapes. We hand-harvest our grapes and produce our wine in oak casks. Tours & tastings Thursday-Monday, 11am-7pm.
Fridays Creek Winery is located in Southern Maryland's Calvert County just 17 miles from the Capital Beltway. We have an acre of vines to tour at the winery and a larger vineyard down the road on the shores of the Patuxent River. Thurs thru Mon 11am-5pm.
Gauthier Vineyard is a family-owned working farm, equestrian center, vineyard and winery located in scenic New Kent County near the intersection of the LaFayette and Washington-Rochambeau trails to Yorktown. Growing since 2011. Our hours are 11am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
General's Ridge Vineyard and Winery located on an historic farm in the heart of Virginia's historic Northern Neck, a peninsula lodged between the Potomac and the Rappahannock Rivers which flow into the Chesapeake Bay. George Washington referred to it as "the Garden of Virginia". Tasting room hours: Thursday, 12-5pm; Friday, 12-7pm; Saturday, 12-6pm; Sunday, 12-5pm.
Good Luck Cellars has resurrected an old sand and gravel mine into a marvel of ecologic recovery: a vineyard and winery site of magical beauty and serenity. We have planted 12 acres of vines and an impressive production facility for all of our estate-grown wines. Hours: Thur, 11am-5pm; Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 11am-6pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm; Mon, 11am-5pm. We will be closed during the month of January, reopening on Saturday, February 1.
Great Frogs Winery is located on Harness Creek Vineyards, established in 1999. Our old tobacco barn is the cornerstone of our rustic, artisanal approach to farming and winemaking. Situated on a peninsula in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, you will still find shucked oyster shells in the soil reminding us of the watermen that are central to Annapolis' history. TASTINGS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, no appointment needed for wine purchase. Check website for times.
We are a family owned and operated farm Virginia winery located on Holly Grove Cove on the Bay Side of Virginia's Eastern Shore in Franktown. We're pleased to announce the opening of our new tasting room on US Hwy 13, 4220 Lankford Hwy in Exmore, VA right next to the Statue of Liberty. It's located about 30 miles North of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel or about 40 miles South of the Maryland border. Summer Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm
One of the largest wineries in Virginia. Offers a full range of wines, tours, tastings, museum and gift shop. Over the last 30 years, we have won numerous awards from state, national and international competitions. Tastings & tours: Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm. During Summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day), we are open until 6pm daily!
Jacey Vineyards lies in the delightful rural community of Wicomico Church, Virginia. The vineyard is located on a peaceful 150 acre waterfront parcel in historic Northumberland County. The planting originated in 2004 with Vidal Blanc, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel varieties. Expansion began with Albarino, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. We are accessible by land and by water. Call the Vineyard for details. Open by appointment only.
We have a variety of great wines, over 14 acres of beautiful vineyards, a large picnic area with outdoor games, a nature trail and a friendly staff that can't wait to see you! Growing since 2007. Mon-Thurs 11a-5p, Fri-Sat 11a-6p, Sun 12-5p.
We opened our doors in 2008 after eight years of planning, planting and building. New Kent Winery was built by craftsmen with historic materials reclaimed from buildings and structures well over a century old. OPEN DAILY (10am-6pm) Check website for weekend events.
Opened in 2002 by the Conrad Brandts family. Many of their vines are the results of bench and field grafting old-world vines onto American rootstock. The tasting room offers tastings of our currently available wines. Taste our Bordeaux-style reds, and Rhine-style whites ranging from dry dinner wines to luscious sweet dessert wines. Jan.-Feb. open Sat.-Sun. 11am-4pm, Mar.-Dec. open Wed.-Sun. 10am-5pm.
We are a micro-winery, specializing in making the highest quality wines from our own estate vineyards. Situated on a finger of land between the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay. Our 8 acres of vines on our 27-acre farm provide a beautiful setting to enjoy traditionally crafted wines unique to the soils and climate of Southern Maryland. Wed, Thur, Sun. 2-6pm, Fri-Sat noon-8pm. Vineyard and Winery Tours are available Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm. Weekday tours are available by appointment.
You’ll find us located at the entrance of Leonardtown, Maryland. Our wine tasting is the perfect complement to a day of local sight-seeing. We offer food pairings to purchase or you may bring your own fare to savor on our patio. Open year-round noon-6pm Wednesday to Sunday.
Romano Vineyard and Winery is located in Brandywine, south of Washington, DC, in the scenic rural tier of Prince George's County, Maryland. Our family is committed to producing small lots of handcrafted wine from the grapes grown in our vineyard and those of carefully selected custom growers. The winery is open every Saturday noon-5pm.
Running Hare Vineyard is located on 300 acres in the heart of Calvert County, Maryland. From the time you enter the private grounds, you will be reminded of the gentle hills of France, the beauty of Tuscany and the feel of Napa. Our unique vineyard setting is the backdrop for our tasting "tent". Bring a picnic basket and blanket and enjoy sipping wine in the vineyard. Wed.- Sun. 12-6pm
Growing since 2008. We harvest 6-10 tons of Barbera from our vineyard. Our 3 acre Barbera Vineyard and the White Cayuga Grapes of our Neighbor's Farm will yield approx. 500 cases of wine per year. You can find tastings at the Crimson Pizza & Wine Bar. Mon-Sat 11am-9pm.
Slack wines have won over two dozen medals in state, national and international competitions. The wine is grown on two farms & the testing room is at Woodlawn Estate & Inn. Tasting Room Hours: Wed.-Sun. 12-6 pm. Tours available: Call ahead to arrange for a tour of our vineyards at Woodlawn or Jubilee Farms.
Solomons Winery was founded as a micro-winery by Ken Korando in the fall of the year 2002. We are located on 10 acres just north of Solomons Island in southern Calvert County, Maryland along the idyllic shores of Hungerford Creek. Tasting hours: Tues.-Sun. 11am-5pm. Closed Mondays.
Tastings are in a St. Michael's tasting room, not at a vineyard. All Tastings are $1.00 per wine sampled (ie. trying 5 different wines would be a $5 flight). Glasses of Wine and Sangria are $5.00 and Glasses of Reserve Wine are $8.00.
Thanksgiving Farm® wines are made exclusively from grapes grown in the vineyards at Thanksgiving Farm. We're located 20 miles due east of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on a gentle ridge separating watersheds that drain to the West River and to the Patuxent River. Our apologies, but our tasting room is temporarily closed for renovations through February 28, 2015. We look forward to seeing you again in the spring of 2015.
Historic Buena Vista Plantation, circa 1835, on Virginia's Northern Neck is home to The Hague Winery, a small family business owned by Cynthia and Stephen Madey. They've been growing since 2004. The tasting room is housed in a former barn overlooking the manor home, outbuildings, vineyards and surrounding farmland. Daily 11am-5pm.
In 2013, we planted our first 8,900 vines and established ourselves no longer as Elk Manor Farms, but as The Winery at Elk Manor. While our vines are maturing, we are currently featuring wines from Terrapin Station Winery. (check the website before going as they may be closed)
Triple Creek Winery is a venture of four brothers from a family of full-time farmers. The vineyard is in farmland, between three watersheds (creeks). The tasting room is located in the shed and its picnic tables overlook the vineyard. It's open Saturdays 12-6p.
Vault Field Vineyards is located on historic Vault Field Farm near the town of Kinsale, in the heart of Virginia’s Northern Neck. We officially opened on Sept. 7, 2010 and have earned a silver and two bronzes in the annual Governor’s Cup competition for two red wines and a Chardonnay. Stop by and visit our tasting room. Our hours of operation are April thru December. We will be open: Thursday thru Sunday (winter) 11am-5pm, (summer) 11am-6pm & all holidays except Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Our 300 acre farm, known as Wessex Hundred, is home to The Williamsburg Winery. The use of Hundred to name a property dates to the Colonial era and describes parcels of land sufficient to support a hundred families regardless of actual acreage. Retail Shop Hours January – February: Monday-Friday 11.00 am-5:00 pm / Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Last tour begins at 4:00 pm. March – December: Monday–Sunday 10:00 am-6:00 pm. Last tour begins at 5:00 pm. Check website for holiday hours.