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“Best Maryland Wine!”

Black Ankle Vineyards
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Mount Airy
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

A group of us (and our young babies) all met here for a wonderful Sunday afternoon. The grounds are beautiful and you feel as if you are in the middle of nowhere. We brought a picnic and set-up on tables under the awning. We bought a couple bottles of wine and the next few hours were delightful. The wine was the best Maryland wine I have ever had. It was pricey for the area, but it was worth it. We really enjoyed Rolling Hills. Very casual, laid back atmosphere and very busy! We can't wait to return. They are not excepting wine club member until next year, so they definitely have for demand than supply!

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I almost wanted to title my review "Don't go!" because we love Black Ankle and don't want it to become too popular and overcrowded. The wines are excellent (yes, Maryland wines!) and the views from the tasting room and picnic area are lovely. Admittedly they're not the grander views one would find in nearby Virginia, but it's still beautiful. The staff is super friendly, and we always feel very welcome when we visit. I wish they didn't allow children (there is ample room for children to run around and too often the parents are so busy enjoying themselves drinking wine that they allow their children to run around and scream) but we try to tune them out as best we can. You can also bring your own picnic goods or order cheese and warm baguettes at the tasting room. Black Ankle is definitely worth a visit, and I'll bet you'll be surprised at how good Maryland wines can be!

Thank DCAviator
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Hands down favorite local Maryland wine. We are wine members and look forward to going ever quarter and tasting the new wines. Great faci;ity indoors and outdoors. Great for a sunny day to sit outside and enjoyr their wine and cheeses. We also bring our own food and make a day out of it. Staff is very friendly.

Thank KOJO21224
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

We love this winery because they have good wine, a lovely spot in the country, a fantastic green building philosophy, live music on Friday evenings (Damon Foreman is great). Great picnic spot. But, we are used to bringing our well behaved doggie to wineries. Alas, they are not dog friendly. So we may go somewhere else. Or maybe we will not. ?

Thank Lauren H
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Today we spent another glorious day at Black Ankle Vineyards. Maryland is not known for quality wine, but Black Ankle will change that. If you're a wine lover and traveling to Maryland, you absolutely must visit Black Ankle. They've proven that you can indeed produce good wine in this state. The owners and their team are devoted to full and proper use of the property -- go to their website and look at how they constructed their tasting room from local/natural materials. It's a thing of beauty. The setting at the winery is absolutely bucolic. You can watch the cows graze on the farm as you sip the fruits of vine. Also, they are working with some great grape varietals that you don't normally see in this part of the country or world -- Albarino and Gruner Veltliner are two examples.

A perfect visit starts with a tasting and then moves to a picnic on the grounds or by the fire inside during cooler months. They have hot, fresh baked bread and a variety of cheeses for you to have with your wine. However, we enjoy packing a light picnic of cheese, sausage and olives, and just buying the fresh bread there. You can buy wine by the bottle or the glass to go with your picnic.

Down sides -- the wine is expensive and hard to come by. Prices range from roughly $24 - $52 per bottle. They are a very low yield vineyard, so what they produce is precious and much sought after by their faithful admirers. Some of their "rarest" wines are set aside for wine club members only. It is not unusual for them to sell out of their small yield wines very quickly. They have planted more vines, so this issue may be soon resolved. In the meantime, you may want to call before your visit and see what they are pouring.

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