We may not be able to vacation right now, but with summer still in full swing, many of us are looking for some kind of escape. That’s why we’ve put together a list of some of the best Montgomery County wineries that offer a perfect respite from the hubbub of daily life. Relax for a few hours and stroll through the vineyards, sit at a table and nibble on a charcuterie board, or spread out a blanket on the grass for an afternoon picnic, all while sipping on your favorite glass of wine.
Please note that, due to COVID-19, none of these wineries can offer wine tastings at the moment. You can learn more about how each is handling coronavirus safety by visiting their websites.
Windridge Vineyards in Darnestown is open and offering tours and 2-hour long visits to their serene winery. Groups of six or less can make reservations for outdoor tables or Adirondack chairs set up on the patio and lawn. Even without a reservation, visitors are welcome to bring a blanket or chair to picnic on the extra lawn space and enjoy the calming country ambiance.
All of Windridge’s estate-grown Maryland wines, including their Portrayal 2018 and Seneca 2017, are available to enjoy by the glass, bottle and flight. As an added bonus, the winery is also hosting different food trucks like Pop-Up Patisserie, The Paellas and Tapas Place, and Carnivore BBQ each weekend. Check their events calendar to find out which food trucks will be visiting this weekend.
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard
Located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson is the ideal location for a scenic outing. Relax at an outdoor table with a glass of their award-winning Chardonnay, or call to reserve a spot for their winery tours on Saturdays at 12:30 pm.
Visitors are welcome to bring a small picnic with them or try the winery’s a la carte menu full of meats, cheeses and other delicious snacks. Even better, food trucks will be stopping by on Saturdays and Sundays, offering a variety of tasty treats to munch on. Past food trucks have included Roasthouse Pub, KBBQ Box and La Pote-ria. For weekly food truck and event announcements, visit their Facebook page here. Aside from the wine tours, no reservations are needed.
Rocklands Farm Winery
This picturesque farm in Poolesville is a perfect spot for a fun family outing. Parents can bring games and activities so that the kids can play while they savor a glass of award-winning wine. Tables and chairs are spread throughout the property and free, guided tours take place every Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm until November 1st. Keep an eye out for Scout, Rocklands Farm Winery‘s adorable dog, who helps herd the animals and likes to play with visitors in her free time.
A small market boasts a selection of charcuterie and snacks. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can find a variety of food vendors like Trippy Tacos and O’Boy Pizza and Ice Cream cooking up meals. No groups larger than six people are permitted and seating is first come first serve; however, visitors are welcome to set up blankets and chairs on the lawn areas. Weekly food vendors are announced on their Facebook page here.