Maryland Wine Tasting
The western part of the United States is where a large portion of the nation’s vineyards and wineries reside, but there is still plenty of grape growing action to be found out east. Maryland is one state that is quickly becoming a popular destination for wine lovers, thanks to its beautiful scenery and a selection of more than 400 different wines just waiting to be sampled. The state has that perfect combination of soil and climate that makes it perfect for growing grapes, which is something that has been going on in Maryland for centuries. That said, it wasn’t until the 1980’s that wine tasting in Maryland really came into style.
It was during that decade that a few important milestones were reached, such as the formation of the Maryland Grape Growers Association and the Maryland Wineries Association. What really paved the way for Maryland wine tasting, though, was the passing of the Maryland House Bill 414 in 2000, which allowed wineries to sell their products by the glass and take their wines onto retail premises for promotional and sales purposes. That was when visitors started to head to the state with the sole purpose of taking a trip through Maryland wine country.
As mentioned earlier, there are 400 different wines made in Maryland, and the state has 4 distinct growing regions where the grapes are cultivated. The Piedmont Plateau sits in the heart of the state, and is touched by the head of Chesapeake Bay. The Easter Shore region is home to a wide variety of grapes, as it has the perfect mixture of warm days and cool nights. If you are looking for flavors that have a Mediterranean touch, you should head towards the Southern Plain region, especially in summer when it stays warm day and night. The Western Mountain region may only be home to two wineries, but it is still a beautiful place to visit and taste some wine.
Running throughout those regions are 4 great wine trails, each with something a little special to offer to visitors. The Chesapeake Wine Trail is the most heavily populated in terms of wineries, while the remaining 5 – Antietam Highlands, Carroll, Frederick, Patuxent, and Piedmont – are smaller, but still very much worth a visit. The diverse scenery of the state means that each of the 6 trails is different in a number of ways. Your Maryland wine tasting trip really isn’t complete until you have paid a visit to each of the different regions and trails.
You will pass through all kinds of different places on your travels, from historic towns to wide open country spaces, and we guarantee you will want to see it all. The growth of the wine industry in the state means that a number of wine-related events are now on the calendar every year. The most famous of them all is the Maryland Wine Festival, an annual event that brings in thousands of visitors each year. The individual wineries also host special events on a regular basis, so there really isn’t a bad time to go and do a little bit of wine tasting in Maryland.