Five Montgomery County Wineries to Visit This Fall

Can you imagine anything better than sitting in front of a fire pit on a beautiful fall day while sipping a sweet red blend at a local vineyard? Here are five Montgomery County wineries to visit this fall:

61 Vineyard

61 Vineyardat 28712 Kemptown Road in Damascus, is a small winery that offers red, white and specialty wines as well as snacks such as charcuterie boards, hummus and olives.

Customers are welcome to bring their own food items, but must keep them at their assigned table space. No outside alcohol is allowed.

Children are also welcome outside but must be supervised at all times. Leashed pets are welcome outside in the lawn seating area.

The vineyard is open from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Rocklands Farm Wine Estate

Rocklands Farm Wine Estateat 14531 Montevideo Road in Poolesville, offers a wide variety of wines ranging from rosé and sparkling wines to red wine blends from its 16-acre vineyard.

Wines start at $10 by the glass. The winery also offers wine tastings for $22.

Every Friday night from 6-9pm there is live music from local artists and every weekend from April to November tours are offered at 2.30pm. Reservations required. There is also a local, rotating food vendor every Friday evening from 5:30 p.m.

The tasting room is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The domain is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Sugar Loaf Vineyard

Sugar Loaf Vineyardat 18125 Comus Road in Dickerson, owns 22 acres of vines, currently growing six red and six white varieties.

The winery offers tastings of its full selection of wines in its permanent bar and flights of four selected wines, which are brought to customers’ tables. Tastings and flights take place indoors on weekdays and outdoors on weekends and holidays. During the winter months, weather permitting, the vineyard lights a fire pit, according to its website.

There are also food trucks and live music at the vineyard on weekends, according to the winery’s website.

The vineyard is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. daily. It does not take reservations during opening hours. The venue is mostly outdoor and indoor seating is very limited.

Silver Spring Urban Winery

Silver Spring Urban Wineryat 2315 Stewart Ave. in Silver Spring, creates wines using traditional petit bain methods, according to the company’s website.

The Urban Winery offers over 30 wines produced on-site as well as a selection of other wines, beers, and craft spirits produced in the state. The company also offers a selection of international wines that represent other small producers around the world, according to its website.

The winery also offers a menu of “nibbles” including various cheeses, fries, chocolate, nuts and meats.

The winery also offers a winemaking experience, giving attendees a choice of over 20 wines in two sessions. During the experience, participants can learn the basics of the winemaking process from the winery’s winemaker, design their own label, and bottle their wine.

The cellar is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

Windridge Vineyards

Windridge Vineyardsat 15700 Darnestown Road in Darnestown, offers white, rosé and red wines from $11 by the glass.

The vineyard offers an assortment of cheeses, charcuterie boards, crackers and homemade treats. Guests are welcome to bring their own food, but alcoholic beverages from outside are not permitted. Weather permitting, the vineyard also usually has food trucks on site from Friday to Sunday.

Windridge is open 1-6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 1-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome.

Elisha A. Tilghman