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Governor's Cup 2014

Bordeleau Vineyard & Winery became the first Eastern Shore Winery to win Best in Show for their Cabernet Sauvignon Amarone 2008.

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Chesapeake Wine Country making its Mark

The big question about Chesapeake Wine Country these days centers on economic growth, the broader branding of the region and the reputable wines to be had.

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The Gifted Farmer

Doris Behnke, farmer and vineyard owner, together with her husband Eric have opened a Wine Tasting Room and Gift Shop in the town of North East instead of at their vineyard. A unique debut for our growing Chesapeake Wine Country.

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  1. Guvernor's Cup 2014
  2. Chesapeake Wine Country making its Mark
  3. The Gifted Farmer

Jennie Schmidt: The Foodie Farmer growing a Chesapeake Wine Country

by Nanna Bailey | 11.12.2013

There are 16 licensed wineries populating our eastern shores and more and more vineyards supplying them with regional grapes that work well in a Chesapeake Bay governed clime. With Maryland state and regional awards coming the way of our shore winemakers, a notorious wine country is growing. Who is behind the growth? Jennie Schmidt, dietician, farmer, Vineyard Management business owner and grower herself, she works with Mother Nature and delivers clean fruit that makes great shore wines.


The Vineyard without a Tour

by Joe L. L. Yates | 9.18.2012

                The influx of wineries in Maryland requires more and more from Maryland grape growers, presenting a demand for the commercial grape grower. The commercial grape grower – unlike a vertically integrated estate winery which raises its grapes, makes wine, and markets them from the facilities – sells to others to make wine from their grapes, often as a means of diversification from other crops they had grown.


Upper Shore Wineries Making an Impact

by  Joe L. L. Yates

     With the end of Maryland wine week this past Sunday, it might merit reflection for some who maybe tried Maryland or Eastern Shore wines for the first time and realized they might be holding onto some unintended pre-conceptions.  From a popular standpoint, the 'Judgement of Paris' in 1976, wherein several Napa Valley wineries trounced certain well established French wines at a blind tasting, first opened in earnest the market for American wine. Since, it has been a steady cascade of wines and grapes from more and more regions around the United States and the world.

    In all fairness, folks have been growing grapes in Maryland way longer than those people out in the Napa Valley. As far back as 1648, enology has comprised a part of the tapestry of Maryland agriculture but, as some may be aware, divides of climate, pests, and appropriate know-how to get the European grapes to grow pushed back more substantial offerings in Maryland for a few hundred more years.

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Research & Development: Bringing Up Maryland Wines One Vine at a Time

by Joe L. L. Yates | 8.25.2012

On the Eastern Shore of Maryland, nestled down in Queen Anne’s County, at the Wye Research and Extension Center, part of the Ag Extension of UMD, imported, hybridized, and cloned vines are grown while Maryland grape growers continue exploring the best options for the climate.
Some readers may not realize but Maryland does not have the same history of grape growing and winemaking as Bordeaux. Of course, that also means that Maryland, as with all New World winemakers, is not restricted by the same, sometimes stifling, conventions of European winemaking.



"Moving towards a Chesapeake
Wine Country"

Insights Shared at "What you need to know to Grow" 2011.02.04 program on vineyard and winery start-ups
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shoreVines and Wines are growing...

On the Upper Eastern Shore our shoreVines pioneers are building a "chesapeake wine country"...
a combination of “family farms” looking to diversify and a significant group of new “entrepreneur” growers has fueled a "pioneer" movement in the planting of vineyards and the establishment of Wineries on the Upper Eastern Shore of Maryland.

With the current demand for grapes, good potential profitability per acre, and the “romanticized aura” of wine growing, the trend is expected to develop into economic opportunity and sustainable agri-businesses.