Close to Baltimore: Vineyards and Wineries

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More than 400 wines are made right here in Maryland, meaning there's a vino to suite every palate. Although the bulk is made in the mountains of Western Maryland and the plains of the Chesapeake, there are many vineyards and wineries close to Baltimore that offer taste testings and tours.

Boordy Vineyards

410-592-5015; 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays 1 - 5 p.m.; Tours at 2 & 3:30 p.m.

The oldest Maryland winery can be found just a half hour from downtown Baltimore in northeastern Baltimore County. Wines, champagne, and port are crafted in the vineyard's 19th-century barn. Tours and tastings are available, and the vineyard hosts concerts during summer evenings.

Serpent Ridge Vineyard

410-848-6511; 2962 Nicodemus Rd., Westminster, MD

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., other times by appointment. Closed Easter.

Newly opened in 2009, Serpent Ridge Vineyard in Carroll County specializes in small lots of handmade wine from grabs grown in their vineyard, nearby vineyards, and other carefully chosen sites. Stop in for a tasting on Saturdays and Sundays.

Basignani Winery

15722 Falls Rd., Sparks, MD

Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sundays 12 - 6 p.m.

Just north of Hunt Valley, Basignani Winery produces a variety of wines using traditional cellar methods and old world viticulture.

Their wines are unfiltered in an effort to preserve character. Tour the winery and vineyards or taste Basignani's wine.

Loew Vineyards

301-831-5464; 14001 Liberty Rd., Mt. Airy, MD

Hours: Fridays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Weekdays by Appointment.

Established in 1982, this vineyard is set on the hills of the Maryland countryside, where the Loew family grows vinifera and Frech-American grapes.

Stroll through the vineyards or sample Loew's bottled wines.

DeJon Vineyards

410-253-9802; 5300 Hydes Rd., Hydes, MD

Hours: Open daily, 12 - 5 p.m.

A converted barn in the Long Green Valley is the setting for sipping red and white wines made from this vineyard, a new arrival on the winery scene. Besides daily wine tastings, the vineyard hosts live musicians during select evenings.

Woodhall Wine Cellars

410-357-8644; 17912 York Rd., Parkton, MD

Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, 12 - 5 p.m.

Tour the Production House where Woodhall Wine Cellars' wines are created, the Barrel Room where the wines are matured and the Stone Cellar where they stay until distributed. Samplings are also available in a tasting room, fashioned from a late-1800s carriage building, or enjoy a glass of wine on a deck overlooking the vineyard.

Legends Vineyard

410-914-5122; 521 Asbury Rd., Bel Air, MD

Hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Sundays 12 - 5 p.m.

The wine-loving proprietors of this new vineyard grow four different types of grapes: Merlot, Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Throughout the year, the vineyard hosts special events, such as chocolate and wine pairings, a holiday party, a day with Santa (a great day out for the family), and a chili competition.

Harford Vineyard & Winery

410-495-1699; 1311 West Jarrettsville Rd., Forest Hill, MD

Hours: Fridays 12 - 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays 12 - 5 p.m.

Established in 2003, Harford Vineyard & Winery is set on a 20-acre farm in the Maryland countryside. In addition to tastings, the vineyard sells grapes, juice, and supplies to those who want to make their own vino at home.

Fiore Winery

410-879-4007; 3026 Whiteford Rd., Pylesville, MD

Hours: Fridays 12 - 9 p.m., Saturdays 12 - 6 p.m., Sundays 12 - 5 p.m., Holiday Mondays 12 - 5 p.m., and by appointment.

Known as "The Maryland Wine with an Italian Accent," the family behind Fiore Winery comes from nearly twenty generations of Italian winemaking tradition. Luckily, you don't have to travel across the ocean to taste their wines or learn about their wine-making process.

Black Ankle Vineyards

301-829-3338; 14463 Black Ankle Rd., Mount Airy, MD

Hours: Fridays 12 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturdays 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays 12pm - 5pm

With a name that evokes imagery of traditional winemakers using their feet to crush crapes, Black Ankle Vineyards believes that "a truly great wine comes only from a truly great vineyard." If you're planning a tasting, keep in mind live music is performed on Fridays at 6 p.m.

This information was accurate at the time it was written. Please call ahead, as details change often.