WineFest at St. Michaels features wines around the world April 26, 27

CBMM_WineFest2014WineFest at St. Michaels features wines around the world April 26, 27

Wine aficionados and novices alike can experience the historic, waterfront town of St. Michaels, MD with more than 300 international, domestic, and Maryland wines during the 5th annual WineFest at St Michaels this April 26 and 27. “Wines from Around the World” is this year’s theme, and will be carried out among the historic district’s specialty shops, restaurants, inns, and museums throughout the weekend’s festivities.

The event takes place from 12 noon to 5 p.m. each day, with online tickets and early bird pricing available at Saturday’s one-day tickets are limited, and historically sell out in advance. Festival proceeds benefit charitable organizations throughout the region.

“What sets WineFest at St Michaels apart is the experience of visiting more than 15 pouring venues spread within walking distance of one another,” said WineFest at St. Michaels Co-Chair John Marrah. “A stroll through the town’s waterfront and historic district make it all the more memorable.” This year’s event includes a new pouring venue at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) along the St. Michaels harbor front.

WineFest 2014 includes two special events for one VIP ticket price, with limited, advanced ticketing available online. VIP guests will begin with fine wine tastings offered during a 45-minute scenic river cruise aboard the Patriot—a 65 foot cruise boat departing from St. Michaels harbor. The Miles River offers views of historic mansions, including two featured in the movie “The Wedding Crashers,” as well as a look at on-the-water life along the Chesapeake Bay.

Upon disembarking from the Patriot, a private shuttle will be available to take VIP guests to the second VIP wine-tasting venue located at the historic Old Brick Inn in St. Michaels. VIP guests will gain exclusive access to European and US winemakers’ representatives, with the opportunity to purchase highly rated international and national, limited production wines. Online VIP ticket sales will be available on a limited, advanced basis, with tasting times scheduled in advance through the Patriot. 

Ticket holders can take advantage of free parking and shuttle busses provided by WineFest, with other parking available. The festival also features food, jazz musicians, and local artisans situated along the historic district’s specialty shops, historic inns, and restaurants throughout the waterfront town.

Advanced tickets are online at For more information about CBMM, visit

This year, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s harbor front will be one of 15 pouring venues for the 5th annual WineFest at St. Michaels this April 26 & 27. The town-wide celebration features international, domestic, and regional wines, plus music, food, and more. Tickets are available online at, with early bird pricing and limited VIP tickets available. For more information, visit