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Best Area Vineyards for Your Next Date Night— Wine Not?

A visit to an area vineyard is the perfect way to spend an evening with your significant other, especially as the temperatures cool in late summer and fall. Tired of the same old ho-hum dinner and a movie date? Why not plan a date night that combines delicious drinks, live music, and a spectacular outdoor setting? It doesn’t get more romantic than sipping a glass of Sauvignon Blanc among the vines with your sweetheart.

And with most wineries offering live music, cheese boards, and tasting flights, visiting a vineyard is a no-brainer when it comes to the perfect date night. Whether it’s a day date in Baltimore County exploring some of Maryland’s most established wineries like Boordy Vineyards, or a local tasting at Great Frogs Winery in Annapolis, these Maryland vineyards offer delicious libations and a beautiful backdrop for the dreamiest of date nights.

Date Night Vineyards

Great Frogs Winery

3218 Harness Creek Road

Five minutes from downtown Annapolis, Great Frogs Winery is a working vineyard producing a variety of red and white wines, Muscats and Rosés. Red wine drinkers will love the award-winning Meritage or Great Frogs Red, while white drinkers may enjoy the Vintners White or Great Frogs Chardonnay. Owners Nathanael and Andrea O’Shea pride themselves on their hands-on approach in this small vineyard that consistently attracts a crowd with its relaxed atmosphere and accessible tasting flights.

Stroll the vines, play cornhole with friends, or simply relax in the indoor tasting room. The winery’s popular Friday night music series hosts local artists, with no cover charges and no reservations required. Great Frogs allows outside food to be brought in and enjoyed on their patio, and they also serve cheese and charcuterie platters that pairs perfectly with a tasting flight.

Mark Cascia Vineyards

1200 Thompson Creek Road, Stevensville

Set on twelve acres of waterfront on Kent Island, Cascia Vineyards is family-run winery producing premium red and white wines, including dessert wine varietals. Their award-winning Nebiolo, Queen Anne’s Reserve and Voignier wines are served in the winery’s tasting room and waterfront gardens.

Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4pm, the vineyard often has pop-up evenings with local musicians. The vineyard’s popular ‘Thursdays in the Park’ series feature local bands, food trucks and a family-friendly vibe.

Thanksgiving Farm Winery

195 Harwood Road

On thirteen acres in Harwood, Thanksgiving Farm was the first commercial winery established in Anne Arundel County. The vineyard grows only Bordeaux varieties—Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, all which are blended to produce the vineyard’s award-winning Meritage. All the wine at Thanksgiving Farm is aged in French oak barrels, lending complex layers to their handcrafted wines. With garden seating, a patio and small tasting room, Thanksgiving Farm offers a peaceful and pastoral setting just a few miles from Annapolis.

Open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the vineyard encourages reservations and allows visitors to bring picnics and outside food for their visit.

Running Hare Vineyards

150 Adelina Road, Prince Frederick

Just south of Annapolis in Prince Frederick, Running Hare Vineyards is a spectacular destination vineyard known for its Malbecs, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese wines. Set on 300-acres of rolling hills, the vineyard’s Tuscan-style tasting room, gardens and outdoor Biergarten offer something for everyone. In addition to their reds and whites, Running Hare also offers wine slushies and more than sixteen Maryland-produced beers on tap, available at their outdoor Biergarten. Visitors may bring in outside food, though the vineyard has its own food truck, as well as an on-site pizzeria, Pizza di Vigna, offering handcrafted wood-fired pizzas.

Open on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as Saturdays and Sunday afternoons and evenings, Running Hare has live music almost every night. Every Thursday is ‘Ladies Night’ where ladies receive twenty-five percent off wine, and fifty-percent off refillable wine slushies.

Boordy Vineyards

12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes

Maryland’s first winery, Boordy Vineyards is located north of Baltimore and is one of the area’s most beautiful vineyards. With tastings held in a nineteenth-century barn, the charm and beauty of the vineyard’s vast acreage offers an unbeatable romantic setting for a date night. Known for their award-winning complex reds and crisp white wines, Boordy Vineyards has been producing wine since 1945.

On Thursday evenings, the vineyard hosts a local farmers market where visitors can sip,
shop and explore. Saturday evenings feature live music from local bands. Outside food and drink are not permitted, but the winery sells plenty of tasty fare, including cheese and charcuterie boards. Open daily, Boordy Vineyards offers public tours at 3pm daily and private tours by reservation that offer an in-depth look at the winemaking process, as well as a guided tasting paired with local cheese and charcuterie.

Perigeaux Estate Vineyards

8650 Mackall Road, St. Leonard

Located in Calvert County, Perigeaux Estate Vineyards is producing award-winning Reisling, Montepulciano and Chardonnays, in addition to Cabernet Franc, Merlot and sweet Muscato. Located on eight acres in St. Leonard, Perigeaux Estate’s relaxed and pastoral atmosphere offers a casual spot to sip and unwind.

The vineyard hosts local artists for live music every Saturday from 2-6pm and often partners with locally-produced Gypsy Brewery to offer a selection of microbrews as well. Tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm and visitors are allowed to bring it outside food and picnic on the property.

By Katie Riley

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