Get in a Situation-Sip During Maryland Wine Month!
Governor Moore has declared March as Maryland Wine Month and there is much to celebrate. The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Maryland’s Best program and the Maryland Wine Association have partnered to highlight fun pairings and offer prizes to consumers.
All month long, follow Maryland’s Best Instagram or Facebook pages for suggested “Situation-Sip” pairings; wineries across the state have come up with the best wines for all your situationships. For example, when you’re with the person that always takes you on a “date” at home, we suggest Loew Vineyard’s Ancestry, 2021, which is big and bold – unlike your partner. Consumers are encouraged to submit their own situation-sips by posting online and tagging @mdsbest and @marylandwine. The best ones will be featured online and the consumer will win a gift card to the winery they featured!
Additionally, consumers are encouraged to visit three (or more!) participating wineries during the month. “Getting people to experience farms in different ways, like a winery, is one of our goals at the department,” says Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Kevin Atticks, “connecting consumers to the land and where products come from not only enhances their experience, but also highlights the importance of supporting our local farms.”
Guests can check in on the free “MD Craft Beverages” app on their Apple or Android devices and get their passports stamped to track the wineries they have visited. Once they have checked-in to all three places, they will be entered to win one of five Maryland themed wine prizes such as tickets to the Maryland Wine Experience on April 6 or to the Maryland Wine Festival on September 14.
There are 110 Maryland wineries across the state with at least one in every county. The vast majority of them are located on farms or use at least 51% Maryland grapes in their products. In the 2022 USDA Agricultural Census, 239 farms grew 1,472 acres of grapes; an increase of over 20% since the last census in 2017. To see a full list of participating wineries, visit marylandsbest.net.
Participating Wineries Include:
For a full list of wineries, go to https://marylandwine.com/ or download the “MD Craft Beverages” app.