The first time I visited Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery, I took my mother, who has visited many a winery in our home state of Ohio. Nearly a year later, she still talks about Perigeaux. I can see why. We went on a Friday afternoon, and we were the only visitors. After our tasting, we ordered a glass of our favorite (Riesling for her, Summer Sunset for me), and found a porch swing on the lawn to sit, sip, chat, and look over the vineyard. It was so serene.
The second time I visited Perigeaux, it was to celebrate Bastille Day. This vineyard is named after the village of Perigueux in France, after all (with just a slight change in spelling), so it seems appropriate that they should celebrate this most French of holidays. Despite the heat and the considerably larger number of visitors, it was still as peaceful as I remembered it.
Perigeaux offers a variety of white and red wines that range from sweet to dry, so it should be easy for wine lovers to find at least one that they like. Most of the wines are made from the grapes grown right on the premises, but the Patuxent River label (despite the local name) offers sweeter varietals that require some imported U.S. grapes. Aside from the Patuxent River label, there are the Perigeaux signature wines and the Mackall Road label, which is lower in sulfites. Both of these labels exclusively use the grapes grown at the vineyard.
Perigeaux typically offers live music on summer Sundays, and visitors can bring their own chairs and a picnic or settle into one of the Adirondack chairs scattered throughout the grounds. Visitors can tour the vineyards and winery (an elegant building set back in the woods) at 1 and 3 p.m. on weekends and learn about the wine-making process. The small tasting room offers some indoor seating, but space is limited.
If you plan to come out to Perigeaux, consider making a day of it. It’s a beautiful location to unwind and enjoy time with family and friends.
Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery