It is pretty astonishing how far Maryland has come in wine production in the past 30 years; quality, number of emerging wineries and growing economic boom. For the vinophile this is the weekend to enjoy the fruits of these vineyards efforts at the Maryland Wine Festival. Choose from Saturday, September 21- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m or Sunday, September 22 – noon to 6 p.m. to attend. Forty vintners, music, food, and artisan crafts will fill your day. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy.
The Maryland Wine Festival is located smack in the center of Maryland at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster, just 45 minutes from both Baltimore and Washington..
The very first Maryland Wine Festival was held at the Shriver Homestead in Union Mills, in September 1984. It was the brainchild of John Barker, then director of tourism in Carroll County. Today, the event is fairly similar, but with many more wineries in attendance. "The Maryland Wine Festival is the state's premier showcase of Maryland wineries and their wines," said Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association.
Admission to the Maryland Wine Festival is $27 in advance and $30 day of. Premier Tent tickets cost $62 in advance and $65 day of. Designated Driver (non-drinker) tickets are $20, and children ages 13-20 are also $20. All tickets (adult, child, designated driver, premier) are available via advance purchase online via MissionTix. There will be a special expedited entry for advance ticket holders.
Guests can upgrade or purchase a ticket to the Premier Tent the day of the festival and in advance. Only 400 tickets are available per day. The Premier Tent offers a unique experience with winemakers, catered gourmet food, and premier wines. With the upgraded ticket, guests will be able to taste 30 award-winning, low-production or library wines from Maryland's best wineries in a 16-oz wine glass. Winemakers will also be in attendance throughout both days speaking and answering questions about their wine in a Winemaker's Corner. All wine will be available by the bottle, open bottle, and case.
Maryland Wine Festival®
Carroll County Farm Museum
Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd
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