Residents of Maryland or people wanting to send gifts there are in luck. Maryland became a “direct shipping” state in 2011. That means that wineries are able to apply for licenses and meet certain other criteria to be able to ship there. Because of this, you will find a variety of wines that you can have shipped to Baltimore, Columbia, Germantown, and beyond. The only down side is that the restrictions require annual permit fees, a bond, licensing, and more, which means not ALL wine clubs can ship to Maryland. Below are the wine clubs we have found through our research that can send to MD along with our ratings and additional information for each. Be sure to check with the wine club before you make a purchase just to be sure that their shipping rules haven’t changed.
Wineries can only ship up to 18 cases annually to a single Maryland address. That probably will not be a problem for you! Beyond that, any of the wine clubs that we have listed is an option for you to purchase from. The shipments will have to be made via common carrier, which means you will likely receive it via FedEx or UPS. If possible, have the shipment delivered to a business address because someone over 21 will need to sign for it.
Wine making was first recorded in Maryland in 1648, although the state’s first winery was not opened until 1945. The state has 4 wine regions, with the majority of the vineyards residing in Central Maryland. Various grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chambourcin, Barbera, Sangiovese, Vidal, and Chardonnay are grown in the state. The state is now home to over 60 different wineries. Some of the notable ones include:
- St. Michaels Winery
- Boordy Vineyards
- DeJon Vineyard
- Elk Run Vineyards and Winery
- Linganore Winecellars
- Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery
- Red Heifer Winery
- Solomons Island Winery
- The Winery at Olney
Although many of them are open to the public daily year round, some are open by appointment only so be sure to research them in advance if you want to visit. Many of them also feature various events and festivals throughout the year. The state’s largest festival of its kind, the Maryland Wine Festival, has been held every September since 1985.
There are also a number of “Wine Trails” that offer self-guided tours of particular regions. These include the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail, the Chesapeake Wine Trail, and the Piedmont Wine Trail.