A Wine Trail Right Here in Carroll County
Check out Carroll County's local wineries and vineyards.
Carroll County residents no longer have to travel to neighboring counties just to enjoy good, local wine. Carroll County residents can now spend a day or weekend enjoying local wines, food and ambiance at our very own vineyards and wineries.
Carroll County boasts four wineries and vineyards with a fifth opening soon.
Cygnus Wine Cellars
3130 Long Lane, Manchester
Cygnus Wine Cellars opened in July 1996, emerging from the shell of an abandoned 1939-vintage slaughterhouse in downtown historic Manchester. Cygnus focuses on producing dry table wines and methode champenoise sparkling wines (champagne) from only locally grown grapes.
Detour Vineyard and Winery
7933 Forest and Stream Club Road, Detour
Detour offers blends of vinifera, American and French hybrid wines, fruit and dessert wines, ice wines and champagnes. The vineyard and winery nestle in between the Catoctin Mountains the rich civil war history area of nearby communities.
Upcoming Events: In additional to special events and festivals throughout the year, Detour Vineyard and Winery hosts a Summer Concert Series outside on the lawn and an Autumn Concert Series indoors. The summer and fall concerts are held on Sunday afternoons.
Galloping Goose Vineyard
4326 Maple Grove Road, Hampstead
Nestled in the Hampstead countryside on a working farm sits this winery adorned with its very own lush vineyard. The rustic barn serves as a place for tours, tastings and special events. The winery is dedicated to producing small quantities of barrel-aged dry red wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Petit Verdot and Chambourcin make up the majority of the 32-acre vineyard.
Upcoming Events: Country Afternoon in the Vineyards on July 21. Galloping Goose invites guests to celebrate the release of two summer wines--one red and one white--with a day in the country to include live music, light fare picnic and lawn croquette and horse-shoes. RSVP required.
Serpent Ridge Vineyard
2962 Nicodemus Rd, Westminster
Serpent Ridge Vineyard was Westminster’s first Vineyard Winery. Opened in 2009, Serpent Ridge specializes in small lots of handmade wine from grapes grown in their own vineyard, select Maryland vineyards, and other carefully chosen sites.
Upcoming Events: First Friday Music events from 5:30-8:30 p.m.--live music, $10/carload, please carpool due to limited parking, chairs fill quickly so considering bringing your own. "Albarino" will be playing Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.
Wine Glass Painting Class taught by Melinda Byrd, Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., $35 tuition. Each participant will go home with two new wine glasses hand painted by you. Learn techniques for creative painting on a glass you can use for years to come.
Currently the Old Westminster Winery is not open to the public, rather it is offering memberships to its Century Club. The Century Club offers member-only private tours and discounted wines.
For more information, visit www.carrollwinetrail.com.