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photo of man holding glass of white wineJordan Fish
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion

If you haven’t explored what Baltimore County’s wine country has to offer, there is no better time than now. Baltimore County is home to six great local wineries and vineyards, bottling everything from Cabernet Franc to Gingeroot cider, and even a highly successful world-class craft beer operation. That’s not all we have to brag about, after many of our vineyards won awards at the premier contest for Maryland wines.

At a reception held by the Maryland Wineries Association First Lady Katie O'Malley announced the finalists and winner of the 23rd Annual Maryland Governor's Cup Competition.

Boordy Vineyards' Vidal Blanc 2012 and Royal Rabbit Vineyards' Chatelaine 2012 (both white wines) took "Best in Class" for Off-Dry Varietal and Off-Dry Blend respectively. Boordy Vineyards held this title last year for its Landmark Reserve 2010.

In all, Baltimore County wines ended up with 18 gold, silver, and bronze medals from the competition’s judges. An especially impressive feat, considering the more than 400 wines produced in Maryland’s growing wine industry.

Visit one of one of Baltimore County’s wineries/vineyards, or see them all along the Piedmont Wine Trail.

Jordan Fish
Baltimore County Tourism and Promotion

No need to be jealous of those Californians any longer (aside from their near-perfect weather); it’s time to ditch the sour grapes and explore what Baltimore County’s wine country has to offer. Whether you are a bona fide wine snob, or are a fan of the rosy-colored sweet stuff that comes by box instead of bottle: our local wineries and vineyards offer something for every taste and interest. 

Baltimore County is home to five wineries, each with their own distinct vibe and taste. Basignani, Boordy, DeJon, Royal Rabbit, and Woodhall are spread throughout northern Baltimore County’s renowned horse country. This region is especially well-suited for growing Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Pinot Gris grape varieties.

The best way to explore the area’s wineries, and their offerings, is by following the Piedmont Wine Trail. The trail stops at 10 locations, as it winds through the picturesque rolling hills of Harford and Baltimore Counties. Although it’s hard to believe, you’re still just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown.

Make sure to grab a Maryland Wine Passport, available for purchase at all Maryland wineries, and win awesome prizes, discounted tickets, and more just for visiting.

Even if you’re not the biggest wine-fan, don’t miss out on everything else they have to offer. Baltimore County’s local wineries have a tremendous number of upcoming summertime events, festivals, and concerts that are always great fun and perfect for getting together with friends and family.

Find out more about Baltimore County’s wineries and vineyards. Watch Baltimore County’s new video promoting the wine industry.


Revised April 6, 2016