Why grow Grapes on the Eastern Shore?
Economics: vineyards profit from the demand for Maryland grapes...
Rural Integrity: profitable vineyards sustain our rural landscape...
Generational farming: vines survive for decades and attract the younger farmer...
Growing Grapes on the Eastern Shore...
Throughout the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland you'll see a growing group of vineyard pioneers who see grape growing as a vital option...learn from our "shoreVines pioneers"
Planning your Vineyard
Growing grapes requires a lot of initial capital investment and a long term commitment of routine maintenance that requires a great deal of labor. To help you plan your financial commitment and to educate you about growing techniques:
see our shoreVines demo videos on how to grow grapes and manage your vineyard
Are you a part-time grower?
Consider using a Vineyard Management Company to help provide design, labor, equipment and specialized services.
New Grape Grower Workshops
The University of Maryland Extension offers one-day regional workshops for beginner and prospective grape growers as part of the MGGA/MWA/UMA Annual meeting
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MGGA launches Grower Sustainability Classes
Attend a class on sustainable grape growing practices and receive a guidebook.
Maryland Grape Industry Survey
Results indicate that the industry is continuing to grow at a rapid rate. In the last four years, 25 new Maryland wineries have opened and there’s been an increase in the number of commercial grape growers (individuals who sell grapes to wineries but do not own a winery). During that four year period there was a 43% increase in Maryland vineyard acreage and an 84% increase in grape production.
Expert Video Interviews!
4 Experts share their observations on the rises popularity of our regional wines and the growing Chesapeake Wine Country!
Who are the new breed of winemakers on Maryland's Eastern Shore; check out this new video series on "All About Chesapeake Wine Country"
Buy & Sell Fruit & Equipment, List or Find a Job…
The Maryland Grape Growers Association and the Maryland Wineries Association have activated a new tool to make finding buyers easier then ever. Just go to this link. You’ll find a very easy to use site that not only lets you advertise, for free, your grapes, but where you can also list equipment, services and other items. Heck, you may even find a new job.
shoreVines is a sponsor of the Maryland Wineries Association Chesapeake Wine Trail
The Maryland Wineries association is a valuable source of information for starting a winery business.