Maryland’s wine enthusiasts are encouraged to swirl, sniff, and sip their way through the month of March as we celebrate our local vineyards during the third annual Maryland Wine Month. From self-guided tours to neighborhood festivals celebrating the latest red and white blends, there is sure to be something on the calendar for every discerning palette.
Maryland is home to 10 wine trails and 75 wineries, with every county featuring at least one vineyard. According to the Maryland Wineries Association, this industry generated close to $2.6 billion in total economic activity for the state in 2017 alone. With so many wineries from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland, and everything in between, wine lovers are sure to have options this Maryland Wine Month.
Chateau Bu-De Vineyards will host the month’s first event in Chesapeake City on March 2. This tasting festival – titled Blending Trials for March is Maryland Wine Month – will give attendees the opportunity to blend their own wine under the expert guidance of winemaker Jacques van der Vyver. Explore this Cecil County vineyard while learning how to blend from the best.
For those looking to enjoy wine in the mountains, Western Maryland’s town of Rohrersville will host Potato Chips and Wine for St. Patrick’s Day and Wine Month on March 16. This event features all things delicious including, three award-winning wines strategically paired with three flavors of PIGS BBQ homemade potato chips. Sip, snack, and rejoice!
Art lovers can celebrate on March 23 at the Artworks Uncorked & Untapped event in Owings Mills where regional artist’s works will be featured alongside Maryland’s finest wines and brews. This event is sponsored by the Maryland Public Television series under the same name hosted by Rhea Feikin.
To round out the month of March is Cecil County Arts Council’s Wine and Dine for the Arts Dinner Series, on March 29 at The Wellwood Restaurant. This multi-course dinner and wine pairing will give diners the opportunity to meet a featured artist and enjoy cuisine from this Maryland Crab and Oyster Trail landmark.
Maryland Wine Month is held annually as a partnership between the Maryland Wineries Association and the Maryland Office of Tourism, a division of the Maryland Department of Commerce. Share your Maryland Wine Month fun on social media using #WeAreMarylandWine, #MDWineMonth, and #MDWine.