Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Piedmont Wine Trail - In Maryland



TRecently back in September - Baltimore County Executive joined Harford County Executive David Craig and representatives from the Maryland Wineries Association and the Maryland Department of Agriculture to launch the new Piedmont Wine Trail. Encompassing eight wineries in Baltimore and Harford counties, the Piedmont Wine Trail is set among rolling hills, historic towns, and thoroughbred horse farms.

“The Piedmont Wine Trail represents a true partnership, offering visitors a taste of our region,” said Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith. “This area is home to many award-winning wines. We are especially proud to be home to Boordy Vineyards, Maryland’s oldest winery, founded in 1945.”

The local movement will thrive along the Piedmont Wine Trail where visitors will have the opportunity to tour the wineries, taste the wines, meet the winemakers, and enjoy special events and concerts. The trail was also designed to educate consumers on the variety and quality of wines at Baltimore and Harford County wineries.

There is so much to do in Baltimore County, especially for the visitor interested in a local and authentic experience,” said Jill Feinberg, conference and tourism director for Baltimore County. “After visiting a winery, the visitor might shop for crafts at a local artisan’s shop, eat lunch at a nearby restaurant, or consider an overnight stay at an area inn.”

There are four Baltimore County wineries on the Piedmont Wine Trail:

· Basignani Winery www.basignani.com

· Boordy Vineyards www.boordy.com

· Woodhall Wine Cellars www.woodhallwinecellars.com

· Dejon Vineyard (opening fall 2009) www.dejonvineyard.com

Visitors interested in the Piedmont Wine Trail can visit www.piedmontwinetrail.com, pick up a wine trail brochure at the Baltimore County Visitor Center (44 W. Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD 21204), or request a copy by calling 410-296-4886.

Photos of today’s launch event are available at www.piedmontwinetrail.com.