Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wine tasting in Maryland

Wineries in Maryland produce more than 400 different premium wines in seven grape-growing regions, from Eastern Shore just inland of the Atlantic to the mountains of Western Maryland.  To help promote the state's burgeoning wine industry, the Maryland Wineries Association has mapped out five regional wine trails that showcase 42 local vintners for charter bus visitors.  When you visit the Old Line State, you find a wealth of premium wines to taste and savor, and a great way of doing it is with a bus, charter bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus chartered from Baltimore Bus Charters.
Featuring eight wineries totaling 120 acres of vineyards, the Frederick Wine Trail boasts more than half of Maryland's wine production.  The trail for Baltimore charter bus visitors begins with four wineries located around Mount Airy, including Black Ankle Vineyards, Loew Vineyards and Berrywine Plantations Linganore.  In Frederick itself, tours take place at Frederick Cellars, where charter bus visitors can sample such selections as Frederick Red, a semi-sweet wine made from Cabernet Franc grown in Washington County.
The Patuxent Wine Trail meanders through scenic Calvert and St. Mary's counties, bordered by the Patuxent and Potomac rivers and Chesapeake Bay, making this a pleasant ride in a charter bus.  Along the way, charter bus visitors are treated to views of lighthouses, marinas and acres of verdant farmland.  This region of Southern Maryland features Cove Point Winery, Fridays Creek Winery, Running Hare Vineyard and Solomons Island Winery which features a tasting room that showcases offerings including Rose of Merlot and Riesling Icewine.
Northeast of Baltimore and a short charter bus ride away, the Piedmont Wine Trail includes the wineries of Harford County. The scenic countryside features Thoroughbred farms and bald eagle nesting sites.  Charter bus visitors can sample wines at among others Basignani Winery, Boordy Vineyards ( and Legends Vineyard, where vintners earned the 2009 Linden Green Award for Best Maryland Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage 2007.
Home to the state's oldest wine festival, the Carroll Wine Trail features such wineries as Cygnus Wine Cellars and Galloping Goose Vineyards on 27 acres replete with vinifera and hybrid vines. Charter bus visitors can check out a tasting at Serpent Ridge Vineyard, the first vineyard to open in Westminster.  Charter bus visitors can also take the Chesapeake Wine Trail, which leads charter bus visitors to Maryland's Eastern Shore. Wineries include Little Ashby Vineyards in Easton, Great Shoals Winery in Princess Anne and Costa Ventosa Vineyard and Winery in Whaleyville. Each year, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival takes place at the Bay Bridge Marina on Kent Island.
For a charter bus tour of Maryland’s finest vineyards, give Baltimore Bus Charters a call to organize your trip with a selection from their fleet of charter buses and friendly, personalized service.

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