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What to Know about Maryland Wine-making Regions and Trails

If you are embarking on a Wine Tour in the Maryland Area. It's great to get a little background for your own personal knowledge or you can dazzle your friends at your next wine trip or excursion!

Here is some great info on the Regions that Maryland has for Wine Making.

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The History and Magnificence of Merlot

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It is believed that the first time the grape was used in making wine was in the late 1700s when a French winemaker in the Bordeaux region formally labeled the grape as an ingredient in his Bordeaux wine blend. From this moment on, the grape spread across Bordeaux and became known for its unique ability to add softness and luscious fruit to a wine when it was combined with the region’s favorite grape, Cabernet Sauvignon. The combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot complemented each other so well, that the pair became the main ingredients for the world-renowned Bordeaux blend, now coveted by the majority of the world’s wine drinkers

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Bluemont Vineyard and Winery

Over the past half a year or so, I started to notice our bookings for Wine tours gravitate from some of the trendy and popular locals in Northern Virginia to a Winery a little further down the road. I kept seeing trips going to this venue and what was interesting was that instead of the usual tour with 2 to 3 wineries, many of these trips were scheduled longer but to one Winery. Bluemont. I kept seeing this trend and spoke to some of the clients who were delighted with their experience.

I found myself in the Loudon County area on the road in a spectacular fall crisp day, the leaves still green but nearly ready to turn. I was hunting down a commercial freezer I found off Facebook for another endeavor we are pursuing. (pastured Poultry) – you can learn more about that here- I was able to secure a good deal for the freezer, looked at my trusty GPS and realized that it was mid-afternoon and that the distance back to my shop and my home were identical. 1 hour 23 min. lol. I knew that I was in the heart of Virginia Wine Country and that we were working on Marylandwinetour.com and Marylandbrewtour.com for our clients and needed more images and ever more reviews and content to share with our readers. I decided that the day and sunshine was perfect to scout out and see one of the more recent popular places that our clients were visiting. So, I set off to Bluemont Virginia that of course is the home of Bluemont Winery.

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How to do a Wine Tour…. Maryland Style

Get the party together!

Put out the word to all your friends and family near and far that you are planning a Maryland Themed Wine Tour. See how many of your friends are looking for a Wine tour experience with a little of Maryland’s flavor as a backdrop! Maryland is starting to make some noise in the Winemaking and Brewing Industry with the addition of some the most recognized names in the world starting to call Maryland a home such as Guinness Brewing and Sagamore Distilling. Many Marylanders are unaware that our area is thriving with over 40 wineries to explore and experience with more being added every year!

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The Frederick Wine Trail Chauffeured Tour

The Frederick Wine Trail meanders through Civil War battlefields, stopping in electric downtown Frederick with its funky arts culture, and skirting in the lush soils of the region that has made Frederick a mid-Atlantic breadbasket for countless generations. It explores the spirit of this fantastic region that first made Frederick a nexus for the craft brewing revolution, and now makes it fertile ground for the new Maryland wine movement.

Maryland’s first wine trail, formed in 2007 — along it you’ll taste world class-wines, meet the open-hearted craftspeople who make them, and experience the fantastic flavor of Frederick.

The Frederick Wine Trail is home to some of the best Maryland Winemakers as well as some of the most picturesque backdrops to sip and enjoy.

  • Elk Run
  • Catoctin Breeze
  • Linganore Winecellars
  • Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard
  • Links Bridge Vineyards
  • Loew Vineyards
  • Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery Brewery

Private Chauffeur Driven Greenhill Winery Tour Review

I won a weekday charter for a company celebrating a business milestone. We loaded up a group of middle-aged professionals from Southern Maryland and headed to Northern Virginia in the heart of Wine and Horse Country, Middleburg, Virginia. I’d heard it was pretty and people weren’t lying. I’d heard Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Redskins (wish he still was) called it home and loved it there. 

The chauffeurs told us about the beautiful scenery and the great experience their wine tour clients had in Middleburg and other similar locations in and around the  Northern Virginia Wine and Horse Country. 

I met my wine tour group in Southern Maryland. The drive is a breeze when you’re in a fancy shuttle bus! From there we could enjoy the beautiful – it was like driving into a painting. Goodbye stress, hello peace and tranquility.

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