What is the Patuxent Wine Trail?
The Patuxent Wine Trail winds through Calverton and St. Mary’s Counties in southern Maryland and is bounded by the waters of the Patuxent and Potomac River as well as the Chesapeake Bay. This wine trail is an amazing way for wine lovers to take a tour through the birth places of Maryland. It gives a fun experience to the region’s rich colonial history while offering the ability to enjoy some of the best wines in the country right here in southern Maryland. Those who take the tour see unique world treasures like the ghost fleet of Milos Bay and get out and enjoy all of the beauty and charm of southern Maryland.
In addition to enjoying amazing wines, you can dine on traditional southern Maryland staples including some of the best seafood in the world and the most amazing fresh farm-to-table food you’ve ever tasted as there are many great farms in southern Maryland. You can also explore the interesting and fascinating museums that tell the extensive historical story of southern Maryland including the Calvert Marine Museum and the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum. If you are into nightlife there is much to enjoy as well including amazing food at places like Solomons Island and the many popular hopping nightlife spots in downtown Leonardtown.
The wineries of the Patuxent Wine Trail are popular and well-known for making the best wines on the entire eastern seaboard of the United States. There’s so much to learn, enjoy, eat, and have fun on the Patuxent Wine Trail.
Some of the wineries included on the Patuxent Wine Trail include:
Cove Point Winery
Cove Point Winery is found near the Cove Point Lighthouse in Lusby and is a beacon to discerning wine connoisseurs. Cove Point Winery is known for serving up a unique menu of fruit and dessert wines that are representative of Chesapeake Country.
Fridays Creek Winery
This winery in Owings makes benefits of the former old tobacco barn and plantation that used to be on the land. The soil is fertile and rich creating amazing crops of grapes that make even better wine. Housed in the old barn, is a charming tasting room offering premium wines in a warm and comfortable environment.
Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery
This is one of southern Maryland’s most unforgettable wine experiences. The location and view alone are enough to have you wanting to come back several times. The name of the vineyard comes from a small village in France where Mark Fleming a current owner lived and studied winemaking. He now brings his magical skills to Maryland.
Port of Leonardtown Winery
This young winery has become somewhat of a southern Maryland staple, and if you are just visiting for the first time you will not believe it has only been in Maryland for less than 10 years. This winery is known as one of the nation’s best new wineries. Leonardtown winery has produced several double gold-winning wines consistently for the last few years including their very popular Barbara Reserve 2015 and the amazing Old Line Red.
Running Hare Vineyard
This vineyard in Prince Frederick spreads across 300 acres in Southern Maryland with some of the best and most rich soil of the area. The neo-Tuscan architecture and amazing landscape will have you feeling like you are in the Italian countryside.
Solomons Island Winery
The Solomons Island Winery tasting room is right next to the Island pier in the most gorgeous place to enjoy a perfect sunset and a toast. Wines are made in small batches and the atmosphere is laid-back and relaxing and peaceful just as you would expect any island living to be.
Thanksgiving Farm Winery
The wines here are produced exclusively from their own grapes that are meticulously farmed and brought to perfection for the best tasting wines. Everyone is marketed as a labor of love rivaling the finest European-style dry wines.
Some insider tips for enjoying the Patuxent Wine Trail
Bring a kayak or canoe along so that you can enjoy the amazing Patuxent River and the other surrounding waters around these great wineries, this is also an amazing spot for paddleboarding.
Take a side trip and explore the amazing scenery. When you are done head to the Potomac to the national harbor. It is a beautiful getaway on the shores of the river and a home to destination shopping, amazing nightlife, the capital wheel, and the MGM National Harbor Casino.
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