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.
Characterized by mountains, long winters and shorter growing seasons. The Varieties of grapes that thrive here are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Norton, Chambourcin
Characterized by longer growing seasons and moderate climates. The varieties in the Piedmont Plateau are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris
Characterized by hot and humid days and nights. Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Vidal and Blaufrankisch do well in these areas.
Characterized by flatter land and sandy soils. All of the varieties listed above flourishes and so does Sangiovese.
36 Different Varieties of grapes grown in Maryland – Endless possibilities.
While these grapes are the ones that thrive the most. The diverse topography and climate have resulted in Maryland’s Ability to produce 36 different varieties of grapes for wine production. The blending possibilities are nearly endless! Here is a listing of the 36 grapes that are grown in Maryland’s Wine Regions.
Maryland Organizes the Regions into “Wine Trails”
The Maryland Wine Association along with Maryland Vineyards and Wineries have designed all the regions and organized them into smaller geographic areas called “ Wine Trails”.
These Wine trails gather a number of neighboring Wineries into clusters that are close in proximity and are typically within the same region.
This allows Wine Enthusiasts and easy way to organize a wine tour in Maryland. Now certainly you don’t have to stay on one Wine Trail – you are free to bounce around sampling wines from any winery in Maryland finding your favorites!
Maryland Wine Trails
Antietam Creek Vineyards
Blue Elk Winery
Catoctin Breeze Vineyard
Clear Skies Meadery
Gemeny Winery and Vineyards