30 Minutes, 2009
Few phrases have quite as much allure for the would-be traveler as "Wine Country". Two words which summon up images of sunny vineyards, cavernous barrel rooms, informal yet artful hospitality, and above all select hand-crafted wines waiting to be tasted.
Wine Country is rural and agrarian, a feast for the eye, a delight for the senses. Yet it's organized on a human scale, built upon the dreams of ordinary men and women who choose to make a livelihood from the soil. Above all Wine Country is a place filled with the mystique of the grape and the wonderful alchemy that changes fruit into something approaching art.
For the thirsty traveler in Maryland, every point of the compass leads to Wine Country. It's there in the Eastern Shore, Southern Maryland, the Central Counties and in Western Maryland. Clusters of wineries straddle wine trails, laid out so that a wine tourist can drive the entire circuit in an easy relaxing day. The wines of Maryland await discovery. And the hard working wine makers and grape growers of the Free State are eager to share with you the romance of visiting Wine Country.
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