Basignani Winery

Basignani Winery - Winery and Wine Tastings in Baltimore County Sparks, MD

About

Established in 1986, Basignani Winery uses traditional cellar methods and the wines, which are estate grown and bottled, are classically styled and produced.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Sparks, Maryland.

Contact

Fax: 410-472-2536

Features

  • Producing classically styled wines.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 16.50

History

Like many Italian immigrants, Bertero Basignani’s grandparents, Annunziata and Scandiano Bechini, brought the practice of home winemaking with them from Italy.

Following in their footsteps, Bert aspired to carry on the family tradition. In 1972, while still a student at Towson State University, Bert bought 10 acres of farmland in Butler, Maryland. In the back of his mind he envisioned someday planting a vineyard to make his own wine. In 1974, he married Lynne and together they planted 60 vines, 10 each of 6 different varieties.

Bert began making wine using his grandmother’s grape press. He read every book he could find on the subject, and picked every mind available to him as he began experimenting with winemaking.

By 1984, Bert had planted another six acres on adjoining land that he and Lynne had acquired. It was then that they started to grow the vinifera grapes that Bert felt would make the best wine. Federal regulations allowed Bert to make only 200 gallons of wine for home consumption, so the extra fruit was sold to vineyards in the area, while Bert perfected his winemaking techniques.

In November of 1986, after winning many amateur winemaking judgings, and at the urging of friends who had sampled and approved of their wine, Bert and Lynne decided to make the plunge and started Basignani Winery.

Today, they make 6500 gallons of wine a year, and have received many accolades from wine critics and faithful customers as well.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Our main vineyard is next to the winery tasting room in Sparks and is about 8 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Seyval, Burdin, and Villard. The Seyval, Burdin and Villard make up the Elena blend.

Awards

Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2017:

Gold Medal Basignani Chardonnay 2015

Silver Medal Basignani Sinistra 2015

Bronze Medal Basignani Seyval Montbray Vineyard 2015:

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2016:

SILVER MEDAL Chardonnay, Maryland 2014

Finger Lakes International Wine Competition 2016:

Silver Medal Basignani Chardonnay 2014

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Hours

Wednesday to Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Address

15722 Falls Rd
Sparks, Maryland 21152
United States

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