13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, MD, USA
www.linganore-wine.com - (410) 795-6432
Linganore Winecellars Mount Airy Reviews
WONDERFUL vineyard for tasting or festivals Jul 25, 2011
Linganore hosts 6 festivals during the summer and fall months including a Caribbean wine festival and a Swingin' Blue festival (as of 2010, but as of 2011, they have changed the names of the monthly festivals). You can also visit the vineyard virtually any day of the year for tastings and of course, to buy.
The festivals are GREAT! It's just over an hour from DC and you can bring blankets, chairs, canopies (highly recommended because it gets HOT up there in the summer), frisbees and what ever else you need to sit on the hillside and listen to the band on the bottom of the hill. It gets crowded and early arrival is strongly suggested, not on time, but early. If you want to get a good spot where you can see the band or grab some shade or set up your canopy, you need to arrive early. If you arrive after 2 or 3, there may be traffic getting to the vineyard (I have known people who have made a U-turn and headed back home because the traffic on the one lane road leading to the wineyard was crawling so slowly). If it gets really crowded, they have even been known to close down the gate so no one enters-crowd control!
They also have a little walking tour so you can get an idea of how wine is made. On festival weekends, there are artisans, food vendors, and other vendors who sell natural soap, hats, ironwork, peanuts, popcorn, and shaved ice, but you are allowed to bring your own food...no outside liquor, pets, or open flames are allowed.
If you visit on a non-festival day, you won't be disappointed with their wide range of wines from merlot, to blueberry wine to strawberry wine to light whites.
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