The Frederick Wine Trail is made up of a cluster of three wineries, Linganore, Loew and Elk Run Vineyards in the outskirts of Mt. Airy and Catoctin Breeze located in the beautiful foothills of the eastern Catoctin Mountains, just outside of Frederick. The Frederick Wine Trail, Invites you to discover some of Frederick County’s best agricultural bounty: The rolling hills cover about 90 acres of grapes and present unique a scenic vista. Plantings as early as the mid 70’s to wineries only a few years old, the Wine trail offers individual presentations of wine styles and flavors and hold a myriad of Local, National and International Medals for their outstanding wines. You will find a wide selection of fine wines, warm hospitality and a glimpse of the ancient art of wine making.
Frederick County’s unique and varied landscape makes it an excellent site for grape growing. Vineyard site selection is the first critical step in the process of growing grapes for fine wines, and our county, in the heart of the Maryland piedmont, is a unique area where rocky soils and rolling hills create a perfect climate to ripen some of the finest wine grapes. As soils, sun, and climate change from place to place, a single variety will produce different flavors. The French refer to this phenomenon as terroir, or the taste of the soil and the growing environment as is manifests itself in the flavors of the finished wine. As you move from winery to winery, you will be able to taste the variety of flavors as diverse as the four wineries themselves.
Geographically, the trail is compact enough to allow visits to all the wineries in one day. However, with the many attractions that this historic area has to offer, ranging from Civil War battlefields to Revolutionary War era houses and fabulous antique shops, we encourage you to plan a few weekends to enjoy the offerings of each winery at a leisurely pace. Visit each winery’s events page for more details on how you can spend a day learning more about the tradition of growing grapes and making fine wine that has been a part of Frederick County for over thirty years.
The first winery in Frederick County and oldest family owned winery in the state was Berrywine Plantation/Linganore Winecellars founded in 1976 by Jack and Lucille Aellen. The family is still operating the winery today, and a stop here is sure to be one of the highlights of your visit to the Trail.
Elk Run Vineyard began in 1980 planting the first all vinifera vineyard in Maryland (classic grafted vines) and Loew Vineyard in 1983. Frederick wineries were pioneers in forming the Maryland Grape Growers Association and The Maryland Winery Association. By 2007, with the help of Frederick Tourism, Frederick wineries started the first Maryland Wine Trail leading the way for state wide efforts in marketing and development of viticulture, today boasting 10 Frederick County Wineries. The number of vineyards and upcoming wineries continue to grow, however some wineries in Northern Frederick county are now located on the Antietam Trail.