Maryland’s Oldest Wineries: Day Trip

Maryland will soon welcome its hundredth winery. In the Piedmont wine region north of Baltimore, three farm wineries showcase the mature end of the state’s emerging industry.

Boordy Vineyards. Photograph by Kenneth Garrett/Boordy Vineyards

Start at: Boordy Vineyards

Maryland’s oldest winemaking operation, founded in 1945, produces more than two dozen wines, including the 2016 Maryland Governor’s Cup winner, Albariño 2015. Hungry? Boordy hosts food trucks most weekends. Tasting: $8 to $15.

Snack stop: Prigel Family Creamery

Fresh ice cream in such flavors as caramel-pretzel and olive-oil-and-sea-salt. 4852 Long Green Rd., Glen Arm; 410-510-7488.

Next stop: Harford Vineyard & Winery

Peach Kissed, a blend of estate-grown Vidal and Pennsylvania peaches, is a summer fixture on its wooded deck. Tasting: $5 to $8.

Lunch stop: Enotria

Brick-oven pizza, calzones, antipasti, and other goodies to go. 2 Newport Dr., Forest Hill; 410-836-0200.

Last stop: Fiore Winery & Distillery

Two of the owners, Mike and Rose Fiore, were raised in Italy, and many of the winery’s offerings—including a fruity Sangiovese and semidry Prosecco—reflect that heritage. The winery also samples house-distilled limoncello and grappa. Tasting: $5.

Round trip from DC: 166 miles

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This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Washingtonian.

Jessica Strelitz

Jessica Strelitz is a food, wine, and spirits writer in Virginia.