The Frederick Wine Trail was the first wine trail in Maryland, established in 2007. While some changes have occurred over the years, the trail is currently comprised of six thriving wineries in the eastern and northern parts of Frederick County. Four of the wineries – Elk Run, Hidden Hills, Linganore, and Loew Vineyards -- are clustered about the Mt. Airy/New Market area. Catoctin Breeze and Springfield Manor are closer to Thurmont. The Trail wineries invite you to discover some of Frederick County’s best agricultural bounty, with over one hundred acres planted in vineyards. The rocky soils and rolling hills of Frederick create the perfect “terroir,” which, combined with warm summer days and cool evenings, helps to ripen the finest wine grapes, thereby creating the exceptional wines that have won awards at the state, national and international levels.
Visitors to the wineries have the opportunity to sample the diverse wines produced by each winemaker; they also are treated to scenic vistas, warm hospitality and a glimpse of the ancient art of winemaking. Each winery offers a unique set of experiences, ranging from personalized tastings and tours to evening musical events and lively festivals. Details can be found on each winery’s home page.
Historically, the county is also home to three of the four oldest wineries in the state; these pioneers were instrumental in shaping Maryland’s wine industry and were integral to the formation of the Maryland Wineries Association and Maryland Grape Growers Association. In the mid-1970’s, Linganore Winecellars/Berrywine Plantations was established by Jack and Lucille Aellen, with the family still continuing to pursue their passion for winemaking. In 1980, Elk Run Vineyards planted the first all vinifera vineyard in Maryland; in 1982, Loew Vineyards undertook vineyard planting, renewing a family tradition of European winemaking that harks back to the mid-1800’s. Also adapting an Old World approach to winemaking to modern times, Catoctin Breeze first planted vines in 2010. Springfield Manor planted vineyards in 2012, and is Maryland’s first winery, distillery and brewery. Hidden Hills has recently joined the group, with the unique feature of being located on a beautiful horse farm. Each winery has its own character, and each brings singular passion and devotion to the art of winemaking.
Geographically, the wineries on the trail are close enough that it is possible to visit all six in one day. However, with the many attractions that this historic area offers, ranging from Civil War battlefields and fabulous antique shops to boutique shops and renowned restaurants, we encourage you to plan a few days in the area to enjoy the offerings of each winery at a leisurely pace.
Please join us on each of the winery pages for the information that will help you plan your visits.