While you may have gotten your fill of staycations this year, don’t pass up an opportunity to visit the wineries around the Chesapeake Bay as a very needed diversion. These wineries are mostly small, intimate and with a no-fuss vibe. The Chesapeake Bay region is home to some of the most interesting wines on the East Coast. A selection of wine and red wines appeals to those looking for a unique sip, while its selection of sparkling, red and pink wine is enough to make anyone happy. Can you imagine how wonderful it’s going to feel to sit outside with your friends and sip wines once more? Make sure you grab a Chesapeake Bay Goods wine tote for those to-go purchases!
Wineries Located in the Virginia, North of BBT
New Kent Winery & Vineyard, New Kent, VA -Opened in 2008 in a century old building. There is spacious outdoor seating with vineyard vistas surrounding the winery and is dog friendly.
Saude Creek Vineyards, Lanexa, VA - Saude Creek Vineyards is very popular and located on the Pamunkey River. Besides the wines, they are known for the barbeque food truck and Mr. Saude, the campus cat. The winery is pet friendly.
Jacey Vineyards, Heathsville, VA- Arrive by boat to Jacey Vineyards which sits on a peaceful 150 acre waterfront property. Aside from wines, Jacey has craft beer and ciders.
Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Grove, VA - One of the largest wineries in Virginia on beautiful grounds. The courtyard and fountain is where people set up to picnic and drink the award winning wines.
Dog and Oyster - The Vineyard, Irvington, VA - The Dog and Oyster is the new vineyard of The Hope and Glory Inn. The unique name for the vineyard was created to honor the rescue dogs that “work” at the vineyard and to honor the Chesapeake Bay oyster.
Gauthier Vineyard, Barhamsville, VA - Gauthier Vineyard is a new family-owned working farm, equestrian center, vineyard and winery in scenic New Kent County. This quaint winery is now home to the Inn at Woodmont Plantation.
General's Ridge Vineyard & Winery, Hague, VA -General's Ridge Vineyard and Winery, named in honor of its retired 2-Star Marine Corps owner, is located on an historic farm between the Potomac and the Rappahannock Rivers. In July they expanded their weekend hours.
Good Luck Cellars, Kilmarnock, VA - Good Luck Cellars is 10 years old and sits in Northern Neck in Virginia on a beautiful estate. There is no food for purchase but you are welcome to bring your own. The lawn is sprawling and chairs are welcome.
The Hague Winery, Hague, VA - The Hague Winery, in the Northern Neck of Southern Virginia, is a small family business since 2004. The tasting room is housed in a former barn overlooking the manor home, outbuildings, vineyards and surrounding farmland. Reviewers offer that is just what the doctored order in tranquility.
Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg, VA - The Williamsburg Winery is part of Wessex Hundred and is also home to a 300 acre farm with a hotel and 2 restaurants. Don’t forget the wine shop for purchase!
Virginia Eastern Shore
Bloxom Winery, Bloxom, VA - This winery/bistro combination serves fabulous wine and divine pizza. With a covered patio, this is a Saturday afternoon dream.
Chatham Vineyards, Machipongo, VA Chatham Farm has been a working farm for four centuries and sits at the mouth of Church creek. Plenty of outside seating overlooking the fields.
Wineries Located in the Southern Maryland
Fridays Creek Winery, Owings, MD - Fridays Creek is a lovely winery in pretty barn with an art gallery on the upper floor. The grounds are lovely and the tasting room is charmingly rustic.
Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery, Saint Leonard, MD- Situated near the Chesapeake Bay and across from Taylors Island on a 27-acre farm. They have a small selection of both reds and whites.
Romano Vineyard and Winery, Brandywine, MD - Romano Vineyard and Winery is located south of Washington, DC and easy for a quick drive from the Nations Capital.
Slack Winery, Ridge, MD - Tucked away in the southern end of Maryland, the award winning Slack wines are located on a large farm with great southern charm. You can relax, drink wine and bring your own food.
Port of Leonardtown Winery, Leonardtown, MD- Fabulous wine and a great rotating food truck each night. They have a great line of sweet wines including one called Black Forest Cake – Yum!
Bordeleau Vineyards and Winery, Salisbury, Maryland- Located just south of Salisbury, Maryland, nestled between the gentle slopes of the Wicomico Creek. Bordeleau means "The Water's Edge" and gives the winery a peaceful feel, especially if you hang out on the dock.
Solomons Island Winery, Lusby, MD - Solomons Winery was founded in the fall of the year 2002. You are able to sit outside and watch the water and sun over the bridge with your wine and dog.
Cove Point Winery, Lusby, MD - Cove Point Winery is a small micro-winery located in Southern Maryland. Visitors love the price and availability of wines.
Wineries Located in the Bay Bridge Region
St. Michaels Winery, St Michaels, MD - St. Michael's tasting room is located in the middle of downtown St. Michael’s. You can shop, sight see and eat all while checking out new wines.
Far Eastern Shore Winery, Easton, MD - Far Eastern Shore Winery is boutique winery specializing lightly sweet, fruit flavored wines. They also have dessert wines for a nightly cap off.
Great Frogs Winery, Annapolis, MD - Great Frogs Winery is a hidden gem in Annapolis. The setting is quaint and romantic, a place where the locals seem to hang out and enjoy some great wine.
Layton's Chance Vineyard, Vienna, MD - Located off highway 50, Layton’s offers music during Happy Hour on a Friday night. You can bring a picnic and sit outside for the Concerts in the Country Series. Even dogs are welcome in our picnic area!
Thanksgiving Farm Winery, Harwood, Maryland - Thanksgiving Farm Winery specialized in the production of European Style dry wines. Of the may reviews they get is their outstanding hospitality.
Triple Creek Winery, Cordova, MD - Triple Creek Winery is a endeavor of four brothers from a family of full-time farmers. They have a updated tasting area barn and possess the wonderful greeting team, their 2 dogs, to lead you in! Absolutely dog friendly.
Wineries Located in the North Bay
Tilmon's Island Winery, Sudlersville, MD - Located on Maryland's Eastern Shore near the Delaware State Line, Tilmon's Island Winery is a boutique winery, producing in small quantities. They have growing and producing since 2004 but not on an island.
Boordy Vineyards, Hydes, MD- Boordy is located in Northern Maryland and has been in the wine/agriculture business since 1965. Treat yourself to an afternoon in the country and settle into the charming wine cellar or outdoor patio for quiet conversation or even a celebration.
Cassinelli Vineyards and Winery, Church Hill, MD - Located on your way to Chestertown, Maryland on the Eastern Shore with 110 acres of woods and rolling, open land. Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards has been growing since 2004.
Cascia Vineyards, Stevensville, MD - Mark Cascia Vineyards grows 12 acres of premium wine varietals on Kent Island on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The vineyard overlooks the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and is simple breathtaking.
Chateau Bu-De, Chesapeake City, MD - The family owned vineyard & winery is located on 368 acres in Chesapeake City, Maryland. Chateau Bu-De vineyard & winery has become the premiere location for fine wines and has a beautiful building and grounds overlooking a river view - a very nice setting to enjoy their wine and lite food offerings.
Crow Vineyard and Winery, Kennedyville, MD -Crow Vineyard and Winery is a 365 acre working farm, with a Farmstay B&B, winery, tasting room, cattle and horses just north of Chesterfield, MD on the Eastern Shore.
Dove Valley Winery, Rising Sun, MD - On the very north part of the Chesapeake Bay sits Dove Valley. A family run vineyard with rave reviews on experience, price, selection, and knowledge.
Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery, Havre de Grace, MD -Vineyards is based in a 1830s estate with great views of the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River.