“Wine trail” or more specifically, the Patuxent Wine Trail, was not a term I was really familiar with when I moved to Southern Maryland. I spent four years in Germany, followed by four years in Washington State. And those are well-known wine regions, to be sure, but I would visit individual wineries or tasting rooms without giving a thought to actually following a trail of them.
Now that I live in Calvert County, I find that it’s a great way to introduce a wine lover to what our local area has to offer. The five wineries here in our county are part of the Patuxent Wine Trail, which also includes two wineries in St. Mary’s County and one winery in Prince George’s.
You can easily do all five Calvert County wineries in a day if you’re mostly just interested in sampling and moving on – and I will cover them all individually at some point. But several of them hold regular events and offer places to sit, relax, and enjoy the ambiance (and, in some cases, even have a picnic). From north to south, the wineries are:
- Fridays Creek Winery in Owings
- Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick
- Perigeaux Winery in St. Leonard
- Cove Point Winery in Lusby
- Solomons Island Winery in Solomons
Each winery offers something unique, but you’ll also find familiar varietals: Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Chardonnay, Shiraz, etc. Whether your preference is for dry, sweet, or somewhere in between, you’re sure to find something at each winery that appeals to your palate. Of course, if you can’t make the time to visit the actual wineries, you can typically find their wines at many of the wine and liquor stores around Calvert County, and any of the regional wine festivals offer a good chance to become acquainted with these wines.