Drink In The View

Posted in: Dining & Culinary, Festivals and Events, Wineries and Breweries, Visitor Information

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Frederick County is home to the largest number of farms in the state of Maryland. Its rich soil and abundant farmland has always attracted people to the region. The rolling hills, flat river valleys, meandering waterways and bright green pastures that comprise the scenic landscape still draw visitors to the area. The County’s vast agricultural heritage is an important part of its past and its future.

The soil and climate in Frederick County are excellent for growing grapes. The Frederick Wine Trail and the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail offer a wide selection of fine wines, warm hospitality, and a glimpse at the ancient art of wine making. Together, the vineyards on these two trails are responsible for over half of Maryland’s wine production. Frederick County wineries offer the opportunity to sip wine and relax in the tranquil countryside or “drink in the view.” Vintners have embraced the local food revolution and partnered with culinary hot spots to suggest pairings and make their wines available in local restaurants.

Orchid Cellar Meadery and Winery, nestled in the Middletown Valley, offers Maryland’s premier meads and traditional Merlots. Meads are wines made from honey blended with fruits and/or spices with all natural fermentation and aging processes. The unique flavors of their ten different meads are produced only from natural ingredients. A new tasting room is currently being constructed on the property.

In addition to vineyards, Frederick County is home to breweries and distilleries. Craft beer connoisseurs can tour Maryland’s largest brewery, Flying Dog, or locally-owned Monocacy Brewing Company. New on the scene are farmhouse breweries like Frey’s Brewing Company and Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm, both in Mt. Airy. They serve up craft beer on the farms where the ingredients are harvested.

Maryland’s first licensed cidery, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, is located on 100 acres of farmland in Jefferson. Distillery Lane blends the finest American and European cider apples into crisp, refreshing hard ciders that are pressed, fermented, and bottled right on location. A wide-range of events are available on the property including apple picking and a self-guided walking tour.

Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery in Thurmont is a historic 130-acre estate with the Catoctin Mountains as a stunning natural backdrop. The property includes a manor house with guest rooms and a grand ballroom. The restored bank barn on the property has an event venue in the upper level and the tasting room and distillery is located in the bottom level. There are also 2500 lavender plantings on the property that bloom throughout the summer months.

A variety of wine and beer festivals are held every year in Frederick County. Linganore Winecellars in Mt. Airy offers Reggae and Caribbean Wine Festivals as well as a Vintage Jazz Festival. Frederick also hosts the Maryland Craft Beer Festival along Carroll Creek Linear Park. For more information about festivals and other events in Frederick County visit our online Events Calendar.

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