New Vineyard Adds To Md. Wine-Making Industry

ROHRERSVILLE, Md. (AP) — A new vineyard in Washington County is adding to Maryland’s wine-making industry. 

Big Cork Vineyards said Tuesday it has begun cultivating 13 varieties of grapes on 22 acres near Rohrersville. 

Co-owner Dave Collins says the company plans to build a winery within two years and a tasting room within three. 

He says the vineyard will produce 5,000 cases of wine annually and employ 20 to 30 full and part-time workers. 

Maryland has 50 licensed wineries. 

The industry hopes to get a boost from a bill awaiting Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature that would allow direct shipping of wine to and from Maryland. 

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. donahower says:

    I’d say that 50 licensed wineries for a state the size of Maryland shows that they are really starting to get a robust wine culture there. I’m about an hour away. I’ve mainly stuck to local Pennsylvania wineries but just should check out some over a weekend trip when I’m usually just at inner harbor.

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