Maryland’s history of grape growing dates back to the mid 17th century when Lord Baltimore ordered vines to be planted. The region has four primary growing regions and three American Viticultural Areas (Linganore, Catoctin, and Cumberland Valley). The region’s hot, humid climate creates numerous viticultural challenges, but Maryland wineries are increasingly receiving recognition for producing high quality wines. Nearly all Maryland wineries are located within a two hour drive of the Washington DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis metropolitan areas.Scroll down to find Maryland’s best wineries. The “Highest Visitor Ratings” section lists Maryland wineries that have received visitors’ highest ratings for service, views, and wine quality. The “Highest Wine Critic Ratings” section lists the producers of Maryland’s best wines based on awards won at international wine competitions and ratings from publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and The Wine Advocate. The “All Maryland Wineries” section contains a comprehensive, and continuously updated, list of Maryland wineries. Click “map view” to access the advanced winery search to find wineries that provide vineyard lodging, have food available to complement their wines, host vineyard weddings, or produce wines from organic grapes. We make it easy to find the best wine tour and tasting destinations in Maryland wine country.