In Queen Anne’s County take the time to visit two vineyards on the Chesapeake Wine Trail; Cascia Vineyards in Stevensville and Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards in Church Hill.
Cascia Vineyards is a unique family run winery located on Kent Island, on the Chesapeake Bay. They produce handcrafted premium red and white wines, as well as dessert wines, from vinifera and native varietals grown in their vineyard. Their waterfront winery and event facility provide and extraordinary opportunity to experience the best that Queen Anne’s County has to offer. Hours are by appointment only, call (410) 604-2127.
Cassinelli Winery and Vineyards, positioned on 110 acres of woods and rolling, open land, is located off Route 213 on the way to Chestertown, Maryland. A white vinyl fence is their calling card from the road. They grow Chardonnay, Merlot, and Viognier grapes as well as hundreds of apple, peach, pear and plum trees that they hope families will soon visit to pick and enjoy! The winery is open Saturdays and Sunday, call (410) 556-6825 for specific times.
Another winery on our beautiful Eastern Shore worth savoring is Tilmon’s Island Winery, a boutique winery producing small quantities with attention to quality and a goal of consumer enjoyment of fine Maryland wine. As Queen Anne’s County’s first winery, production began in the Fall of 2004 with grapes purchased from local vineyards in Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline Counties. From April to December, the winery is open on Saturdays or by appointment. Call (443) 480-5021 for more information.
For more information about ways to STAYcation in Queen Anne’s County, visit www.visitqueenannes.com.
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CHESAPEAKE WINE TRAIL DEBUTS IN QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY
There are many ways to enjoy a glass of wine; with family or friends at a special dinner, celebrating a happy occasion or just relaxing after a day at work. With the opening of the new Chesapeake Wine Trail, those who enjoy fine wine will find it in abundance across the Eastern Shore. “This is a very exciting day for the Maryland Wine industry…this is the birth of something we hope will be very big and very popular toward our goals of tourism, agriculture and land preservation in promoting the rural economy of Maryland,” said Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association. The trail is a collaborative effort of the Association, the Maryland Department of Agriculture and county tourism agencies.
Queen Anne’s County has the perfect soil for grape production, said County Commissioner Paul Gunther, who joined the celebration. “We have just the right amount of drainage and elements to grow grapes that will make wines to rival some of the finest California wines,” said Gunther. The climate is ideal and the area has just the right amount of sunshine and the cool winters needed for premium grape production, he said.
Atticks said The Chesapeake Wine is a great way to draw people to the Eastern Shore to enjoy the area’s beauty and bounty, while helping to grow the economy. “The local vineyards are a great way to bring people to the region and enjoy not only the local products, but allow them to travel through some of the most beautiful places in the state of Maryland,” said County Commissioner Eric Wargotz, M.D.“ Faith Elliott Rossing, Director of the Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Tourism says the trail is especially great for Queen Anne’s County because there are three established wineries; Tilmon’s Island Winery in Sudlersville, Cascia Vineyards in Stevensville, as well as Cassinelli’s in Church Hill.
For more information about wineries and vineyards along the trail, visit www.chesapeakewinetrail.com.