Five local wineries will be among 14 Maryland vineyards bringing wines to sample at the 38th celebration of the Maryland Wine Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.
The two-day event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Attendees can explore and taste a variety of Maryland-made wines, including award-winning bottles from local wineries, such as Black Ankle Vineyards, Libertas Estates, Linganore Winecellars, and Loew Vineyards, all of Mount Airy, and BirchView Vineyard in Manchester.
“All the favorite food, wine and music is returning to our farm setting, and the Maryland Wine Explorer Village has expanded even more this year,” Jane Sewell, manager of the Carroll County Farm Museum, said in a news release.
Tickets may be purchased in advance via the Maryland Wine Festival website at https://marylandwine.org/mwf/. These include general admission tickets for $30 that allow access to wine samples and a souvenir tasting glass, as well as the Explorer Pass for $65, which is billed as an upgraded experience with admission to the Maryland Wine Explorer Village, where guests may sample from a curated collection of Maryland-grown wines. The Explorer Village will also have a picnic area, filtered water and private, air-conditioned restroom facilities.
Designated driver passes are also being sold for $30 with access to the Explorer Village, or $20, for general admission.
“People want traditionally made, dry wines that showcase what we can grow in Maryland, and we’re bringing it to them in the Explorer Village,” Kimberly T. Johnson of Philosophy Winery said in the news release. Johnson also serves as president of the Maryland Wineries Association. “If you want serious, hard-to-find wines, we’ll see you there.”
Philosophy Winery, launched in 2018, is based in Baltimore and is the first Black, 100% women-owned winery in Maryland.
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The main field, located on the museum’s open pasture, will also have dozens of juried local artisans and food vendors. Saturday’s live music schedule includes Foreplay and Dean Crawford. Midnite Run and The Reagan Years are scheduled to perform on Sunday.
Attendees are able to purchase glasses of wine and bottles of wine for consumption on the premises or to take home.
The Maryland Wine Festival is produced by the Maryland Wineries Association, in partnership with the Carroll County Farm Museum and the Carroll County government.
According to the Maryland Wineries Association, there are more than 100 fully operational wineries in Maryland today, compared to a decade ago when there were fewer than 30.
“The growth is due to the state’s natural resources, the distinct growing districts with microclimates that allow for a wide diversity of grape varieties to thrive, as well as Maryland’s supportive, business-friendly climate and strength in innovation and entrepreneurship,” according to a news release from the association.
Maryland’s wine industry has contributed more than $2.6 billion to the state’s economy and supports nearly 14,000 jobs in the state, according to the Maryland Marketing Partnership.
“Over the past decade, Maryland has added more wineries, breweries, and distilleries than any other state in the Mid-Atlantic region,” Tom Riford, executive director of partnership, said in a news release. “Wineries, in particular, have contributed substantially to the tourism industry in Maryland and come with a rich history (going back to 1648).”