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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.


Maryland has 4 Distinct Wine Growing Regions
Western Mountain, Piedmont Plateau, Southern Plain and Eastern Shore


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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

Piedmont Plateau

Characterized by longer growing seasons and moderate climates. The varieties in the Piedmont Plateau are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris

Southern Plain

Characterized by hot and humid days and nights. Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Vidal and Blaufrankisch do well in these areas.

Eastern Shore

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.

Cabernet Franc 
Cabernet Sauvignon 
Chenin Blanc 

Gruner Veltliner

Marechal Foch 

Muller Thurgau 
Muscat Ottonel 
Petit Verdot 
Petite Sirah 
Pinot Gris/Grigio
Pinot Noir


Sauvignon Blanc
Seyval Blanc 
Syrah / Shiraz 
Vidal Blanc
Vignoles /Ravat
Villard Noir

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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 
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Big Cork Vineyards 
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Blue Mountain Winecrafters 
Cool Ridge Vineyard 
Knob Hall Winery 
Mazzaroth Vineyard
Orchid Cellar Meadery & Winery
Red Heifer Winery
Willow Oaks Craft Cider and Wine

Blue Elk Winery  
Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery 
Broken Spoke Vineyard and Winery 
Casa Carmen Wines
Cascia VineyardsChateau Bu-De Bohemia Manor
Crown Vineyard and Winery
Dove Valley Vineyard and Winery
Far Eastern Shore Winery  
Great Shoals Cellars  
Laytons Chance Vineyard and Winery 
St. Michael’s Winery
Triple Creek Winery    
Turkey Point Vineyard

Catoctin Breeze Vineyard
Celebration Cellars Winery
Elk Run Vineyards and Winery
Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard
Linganore Winecellars
Links Bridge Vineyards
Loew Vineyards
New Market Plains Vineyards
Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery  

Fiore Winery and Distillery   
Harford Vineyard  
Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery 
Royal Rabbit Vineyards     



Clear Skies Meadery
  Great Shoals Winery
  Olney Winery
  Rocklands Farm Winery
  Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
  The Urban Winery
  Windridge Vineyards

BirchView Vineyard
Old Westminster Winery
Serpent Ridge Winery  


Generations Vineyard
Port of Leonardtown Winery
Xella Winery and Vineyard

Gemeny Winery and Vineyards 
Janemark Winery and Vineyard
Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards
Romano Vineyard and Winery

Cove Point Winery
Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery
Running Hare Vineyard 
Solomons Island Winery 
Thanksgiving Farm

Basignani Winery
Boordy Vineyards
DeJon Vineyard
Fiore Winery and Distillery
Harford Vineyard
Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery
Royal Rabbit Vineyards