Archive for February, 2015

Wine Tours in Washington County

February 10th, 2015 by Cindy Neugebauer

This is a Media Release from our Convention and Visitors Bureau of Washington County, Maryland.


For More Information:

Red Heifer Winery – Kevin & Yvonne Ford: (301) 824-5210

Road Runner Transportation – Chocolate & Wine Tour – Burma Miles: 301-573-1930

Maryland Wineries Association, Maryland Wine Passport: 410-252-9463

(Hagerstown, MD) The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau announces the following new offerings of wine and special ways to taste them from the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail, during the month of February.

1) One of our Wineries, Red Heifer, will be releasing a new wine this weekend. They will be premiering a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon that has been aged in French-Oak barrels. For Valentine’s Day visitors can enjoy a wine tasting, a discussion with their winemaker about the new wine, and keep the souvenir glass for $10 per person.

2) Valentine’s Day Chocolate & Wine Trail Tour including Big Cork in Rohrersville! 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. Stops include Red Heifer Winery in Smithsburg, MD, Orchid Cellar Mead Winery in Middletown, Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Jefferson along with newly opened Big Cork Winery. Lunch stop at Dan’s Restaurant & Taphouse in Boonsboro. Every couple receives a rose & box of chocolates! Only 14 spaces available. Pick up locations in Frederick, MD and Hagerstown, MD. Call Road Runner Transportation at (301) 573-1930 to reserve your seats. $89/person. Or visit their website at

3) Venture out on your own into Maryland Wine Country with the Passport Experience.

This winter, grab a map, gas up the car and set out onto the wine trails to explore the state’s rich culture, museums, attractions and history while learning more about the wines that represent each region.

The Passport Experience is a series of events taking place on each of Maryland’s six unique wine trails over two weekends; February 21-22 and February 28-March 1 from 12:00- 5:00 pm. The Passport Experience pass is $25.00 per person and includes exclusive access to all of the participating wineries on any of the six Maryland wine trails, “behind-the-scene” experiences at each winery, a commemorative wine glass, 10% off all wine purchased over the two weekends and discounts at participating attractions, hotels, restaurants and shopping centers. For passes, more information or a list of all the participating wineries, log onto

One of the six participating trails in Maryland include: Antietam Highlands Wine Trail (Frederick, Washington counties). The Antietam Highlands Trail includes the world-renowned Antietam National Battlefield, and several other Civil War battlefields and sites. The South Mountain climbs to 2,140 feet, high above the Potomac River, and valleys below. The area includes five national parks, 10 state parks, and more than 30 museums. Wineries include Big Cork Winery, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Knob Hall Winery, Orchid Cellar Winery and Red Heifer Winery.

Big Cork, Red Heifer and Knob Hall are members of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information about Hagerstown-Washington County see:


Betsy DeVore, CTA

Director of Marketing & Digital Communications

Hagerstown-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau

16 Public Square | Hagerstown, MD 21740

Main: 301-791-3246, ext. 14 | Direct: 301-745-5772

Big Cork Vineyards is Open!

February 1st, 2015 by Cindy Neugebauer

IMG_0953Nestled in the hills of Rohersville, MD sits Big Cork Vineyards.  You can see the rows and rows of grapes from Rt. 67.  Big Cork is only 5 minutes from Red Hill.  The perfect location for a wine tasting with a short ride back to Red Hill.

Yesterday was Big Cork’s grand opening.  They are open 11:00am -5:00 pm daily.  Big Cork has a great variety of reds and whites, all made from Maryland grapes.  2015 will be the year to use their very own reds.  So exciting for them

I was out in their newly built tasting room yesterday.  It’s very gorgeous in design.  There is a huge bar for tasting along with some nice comfortable seating.  Food is available…nice appetizers, desserts, bread and cheese to accompany your beverage.

Extending warm wishes and lots of luck to owner Randy Thompson and the man that makes all the wine – Dave Collins.

For more information: Visit: Big Cork Vineyards    Like them on their Facebook page Big Cork FB Page     Call:  301-302-8032

So excited to have Big Cork as our neighbor!