4 Wineries Delight Tasters

May 05, 1991

Maryland has 13 wineries, two in Carroll County and another two on the Frederick side of Mount Airy.

Each winery offers tours and tastings.

* Berrywine Plantations, Linganore Winecellars, 13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy; 795-6432 or 831-5889.

On 230 acres, LinganoreWine Cellars -- a division of Berrywine -- is the largest single planting of grapes in the state and the first in Maryland to be federally designated as a viticultural area, said Anthony Aellen.

Aellen and his father, John P. Aellen, established the vineyards in 1972 and began producing the grape and fruit wines in 1976. Many grapes and fruit wines have received awards at various wine competitions.

Recently, Linganore Winecellars won three medals from the New World International Wine Competition at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino, Calif. Their Berrywine Meade (honey wine) took a silver medal; the1990 Vidal and 1990 Cayuga took the bronze.

The cellar can store 31,000 gallons.

The vineyard also is host to several festivals throughout the summer -- Vintage Jazz June 1-2, includes sky diving, jazz, arts and crafts, catered food by Atlantic Caterers of Baltimore, free tours and tastings; Vintage Cajun July 20-21 includes cajun music, arts and crafts, Elois Caterers, free tours and tastings; Vintage Reggae Aug. 17-18, with reggae music, Caribbean food, arts and crafts,free tours and tastings; Vintage Jazz, with jazz music, catered food, arts and crafts and free tours and tastings; small parking fee charged for the festivals.

Free tours and tastings available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m.to 6 p.m. Sunday. Open year-round except for legal holidays.

* Elk Run Vineyards Inc., 15113 Liberty Road, Mount Airy; 775-2513.

Established in 1983, the vineyard has four acres of grapes. Production stands at about 6,000 gallons of wine a year. Owned and operat

ed by Fred and Carol Wilson, the vineyard already has produced prize-winning wines.

Since Elk Run's first vintage in 1983, its Estate Liberty Tavern Chardonnay and its Riesling have won gold, silver and bronze medals at the American Wine Society, Eastern International, American and Intervin International Wine competitions. The latest awards came in 1990 with bronze medal awards for the Estate Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Elk Run Vineyards is 15 miles south of Westminster, off Route 26. Its wine shop is in the summer kitchen of a historic 1750's house.

* Montbray Wine Cellars Limited, 818 Silver Run Valley Road, Westminster; 346-7878.

Established in 1966, the 22-acre vineyard produces dry white, rose and red wines.

A new propagation technique developed by the vineyards owner, Hamilton Mowbray, has attracted international recognition. At a 1985 Parisian symposium, the doctor explained his technique of developing vines from a single cell.

The cellars produce 7,000 gallons of wine a year and are open for free tours and tastings, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

* White Marsh Cellars, 2810 Hoffman Mill Road, Hampstead; 848-4488.

This vineyard, established in1981, is named after a parish church on the Eastern Shore between Easton and Trappe. Dewitt F. Truitt, owner and operator, said he takes special pride in the manner in which his wine is fermented.

Made in small oak barrels, the wine has more body and a more distinctive flavor than those produced in larger barrels, he said.

This year thevineyard expects to produce 4,000 gallons and will market the wine under the name of "Aspen Run." Mr. Truitt's main objective is to produce an older, European-style wine that is "superior for meals."

It now produces dry reserve Chardonnay and Seyval together with other semi-dry whites and blush wines. Tours are by appointment only.

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