March is Maryland Wine Month

BoordyGrapes

Under a blazing hot summer sun, grapes are ripening in Boordy’s vineyards.

ElkAwards

Elk Run‘s wines have won numerous medals. It’s also a nice place to stop. Make a day of it and stop at nearby Black Ankle, too.

Fourteen days in and now I discover March is Maryland Wine Month.

This calls for a toast, and a visit to a local winery. I’ve visited my share.

Most recently, I sat down with Rob Deford of Boordy for a local magazine. When he started making wine in Maryland, there were few wineries and even fewer good ones.

Things have changed in Maryland, he said. And it’s it the truth.

Excellent products are coming out of lots of local vineyards. I have not been disappointed during my visits to Boordy, Black Ankle, Big Cork, Deep Creek Lake, and so many others.

The number of wineries has ballooned from about a dozen a decade or so ago to nearly 70 with 1,000 acres devoted to grapevines, according  to the Maryland Wineries Association.

I still think a visit to a local winery is always a lovely day away. Good wine, a few friends, beautiful vistas and delightful staff make a stop at any one of them a delight.

I talked myself into heading to one this weekend.

BlackTastingRoom

The cozy tasting room at Black Ankle is constructed with hay bales and a green roof. The bar’s counter is made from pressed grape vines. How sustainable!