ven in our quiet pastoral
setting, there is a lot happening!
Here is the latest from Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard:
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Two weekends! October 10 & 11 and 24 & 25
Join us for our annual Grape Stomp festival held on two weekends, October 10 & 11 and 24 & 25, from Noon - 6 pm each day. Featured throughout the festival is the popular and exciting Grape Stomp contest where you can test your skill and competitive juices in this ancient wine making tradition! Prizes will be awarded! And remember, it's not the size of your foot that matters... it's the power of your sole!
• Tastings of all available vintages available for $10
• Tours of the fermentation and barrel rooms
• Live Music
- Oct. 10: Kenny & Joel on the patio, Southern Charm on the Main Stage
- Oct. 11: Lauren Summer on the patio, Ted Garber Band on the Main Stage
- Oct. 24: Denny Grizzle on the patio, Dis-Funk-Shun on the Main Stage
- Oct. 25: Freddie Long on the patio, The Knight Brothers on the Main Stage
• Great food by JB Seafood
Tickets will be available at gate. No advance ticket sales.
21 and older - $15
Under 21 and non-drinkers - $5
Admission includes entrance to the festival, a souvenir glass, choice of select glass of wine or sangria, tour, live music, and of course the opportunity to stomp the grapes! ***Bacchus Club members receive 2 free tickets (no need to call in advance - there will be a list of members at the gate) and half-price tastings for your entire group all day.
• Identification will be checked at the gate.
• This is a rain or shine, ticketed event. No refunds.
• Bring your chairs and blankets! We will have a jumbo tent to offer protection from rain/inclement weather. No canopy tents allowed on the property during this festival. Small picnics are welcome but all coolers will be checked.
• No outside alcohol permitted. Only Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard wines are allowed on the property, including parking lots.
• No balls, Frisbees or yard games allowed on the property during the festival.
Wags for Hope Fundraiser
October 17, 12 - 5 pm
Bring a blanket, picnic lunch and your best furry friend and join us for a Halloween costume party to benefit Wags for Hope. There will be wine, shopping, costume contest with great prizes, silent auction, raffles and more! Registration for costume contest is Noon - 2 pm. All proceeds benefit Wags for Hope, sharing therapy pets for the benefit of others. This event is rain or shine. Click here for more information about participating in this event, including the full set of rules and contest categories.
2015 MD Governor's Cup:
SMV Chardonnay Reserve 2014 Wins Best in Class!
The Annual Governor's Cup Competition of Maryland has released its results and we were awarded a medal for each wine that we submitted. We have received the honor of a Best in Class award: Best White Wine in Maryland, for our Chardonnay Reserve 2014! With this award, we have also received a Gold Medal.
Gold Medals: Chardonnay Reserve 2014,
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013,
Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012
Silver Medals: Cabernet Franc 2012,
Pinot Grigio 2014,
11th Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition Results
SMV Comus 2012 won Gold; our Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012, Circe 2013, and Pinot Grigio 2014 won Silver; and Cabernet Franc 2012 and Viognier 2014 won Bronze at the 11th Annual Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition on July 25 & 26, 2015. The Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association (ASWA) is one of the oldest wine organizations located on the East Coast. Established in 1973 as the Vinifera Wine Growers Association (VWGA), it was an early supporter of planting world-class Vinifera wine grapes, the production of quality commercial wines, and the building of a wine industry along the Eastern seaboard. Today, the ASWA is a national and international wine trade association that works with state and national legislatures to resolve issues that challenge the U.S. wine industry.
SMV Wins at the Maryland
Winemasters Choice Awards 2015
The Winemasters Choice Awards is a competition among all wines made in Maryland wines (whether MD appellation or not)– judged by winemakers and assistant winemakers of Maryland. It provides an opportunity for winemakers to taste and critique the wines of Maryland along with other judges, all with an eye on highlighting the best wines produced by our industry. This year, SMV Penelope 2014, Chardonnay 2014, and Pinot Grigio 2014 won silver medals and our Chardonnay Unoaked 2014, Chardonnay Reserve 2014, Viognier 2014, Rose' 2014, and Cabernet Franc 2012 won bronze medals.
SMV Wins at the 2015 Finger Lakes
International Wine Competition
2012 Cabernet Franc won a Silver meda, and 2012 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2013 Circe, and 2012 Comus won Bronze medals at the 2015 Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. This competition is the world's largest charitable wine competition to benefit Camp Good Days. 3,708 wines were entered from 27 countries, including wines from all 50 US States and 6 Canadian Provinces. The wines were judged by 73 of the World's top judges from 20 countries.
SMV Wins 4 Medals at the 2015 International Eastern Wine Competition
SMV brought home multiple awards from the International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC), where judging took place on February 10 & 11. Our Cabernet Franc 2012 won Gold, Comus 2012 and Circe 2013 both won Silver, and our Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 won Bronze. Established in 1975, IEWC is one of the oldest and largest professional wine competitions in the United States. Entries are available to wineries produced in the East, making it truly a regional affair.
SMV Named "Best Winery"
Thank you to our loyal customers, fans and Washingtonian readers for bestowing our latest title of "Best Winery", featured in the July 2014 "The Best of Washington" issue.
SMV Wines Win Awards
at International Competition
Six SMV wines, whites and reds, were awarded silver or bronze medals in the Tasters Guild International's Twenty-Seventh Annual International Wine Judging. SMV's Penelope 2013, Chardonnay 2013, Evoe 2011 and Cabernet Franc 2011 won silver medals and SMV's Viognier 2013 and Comus 2012 won bronze medals. Thirty experienced judges from around the country completed over 2,000 evaluations of wine from 8 countries and 37 states/provinces. The judging panels were comprised of wine professionals.
SMV Featured in Outlook by the Bay
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is featured as the cover story of Outlook by the Bay magazine's Fall 2014 issue. The article, "Second Careers: Developing
a Vineyard and Winery", written by our very own Kathy O'Donoghue, highlights how Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard came to be the successful vineyard and winery that it is today.The complimentary magazine is devoted to the interests of active Chesapeake Bay area baby boomers and seniors. Read the full article by clicking here.
Palate Press Online Magazine
Puts Maryland Wines in the Spotlight
Maryland wines have been steadily gaining attention and respect from the wine industry and media over the past couple years. The May 18th feature article "Maryland: Not Just for Crabs Anymore" in online wine magazine Palate Press mentions several outstanding wines, including two of Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard's signature blends, "Comus" and "Evoe!" (which recently won a Maryland Winemasters gold medal, by the way.) The writer/reviewer rates our wines at 90 and 93, respectively, and encourages readers to check out the great wines that the state of Maryland has to offer. Read the full article by clicking here.
A Reminder of Our Customer Policies
As spring turns to summer, we all enjoy the great outdoors especially with a glass of wine here at SMV. We are busier at this time of year and welcome many customers during the week and especially on weekends. So, we like to take this time to direct your responsible attention to these five core policies important for a fun and safe visit for you, your family and friends:
• Please do not enter any area of the vineyard or SMV buildings marked 'private property'
or 'SMV personnel only'. This is a large property with plenty of open space for activities
to be enjoyed. However, there are buildings, equipment and areas in and around the
vineyard that are off limits to the public for your safety and our privacy. Please speak with
a SMV staff person if you are interested in guided tours for the winery or other areas.
• Children are welcome at SMV. Please make sure that children are supervised by a parent
not be encouraged or allowed to roam around unsupervised, out of your sight or earshot.
• Please treat other customers with courtesy and respect their space for enjoying their
picnicking, socializing and activities.
• SMV is a non-smoking establishment in all areas of our property.
• No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted at any time on the premises.
Please contact us with any questions regarding these policies. We look forward to seeing you here at SMV!
SMV Voted the Washington Post Express
"BEST OF 2013: Vineyard"
For the second year in a row, SMV has topped the list as best vineyard in the annual "Best Of" issue, published by The Washington Post Express on October 17! Conducted through a region-wide nominating and voting process with thousands of participants, the issue presents "the best of everything D.C. has to offer" - favorite restaurants, bars, attractions, people and... vineyards! We'd like to thank our loyal customers and the voting public for this honor. In our "Vineyard" category, we faced an impressive list of competitors, with kudos to our good friends in Virginia - Barrel Oak Winery and Tarara Winery - for their second and third place finishes. With this honor, SMV continues to show the excellence of Maryland wineries. Check out all of the results, and SMV's listing. Thank you again for your votes!
Wine & Grape Grower Magazine
Features SMV as Cover Story
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is featured as the cover story in the March/February 2014 issue of Wine and Grape Grower magazine, a bimonthly viticulture magazine. The article inside, "Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard - Commitment to Quality and Culture," highlights our outstanding vineyard, wine, tasting room and events. Wine and Grape Grower provides information and advertising on growing wine making and marketing to growers and wineries throughout the United States. Click here to read the full article on their website.
SMV Awarded Proclamation
for Being the Area's Best Winery
In recognition of its commitment to quality, being voted the "BEST OF...", and other awards and honors for its wines, the Montgomery County Council presented SMV with a proclamation at its November 5th meeting. The proclamation declares SMV Montgomery County's best winery and was accompanied by kind words regarding SMV's commitment to quality and success in wine making.
SMV Wins Medals
at U.S. National Wine Competition
SMV won two silver medals for 2011 Circe and 2011 Comus at the U.S. National Wine Competition, celebrating wines from all 50 states. Each wine was judged on its own merits by qualified, experienced judges from the wine industry, wine journalism, wine trade and restaurants.
Bacchus Club Members
October 2015 Package
Your Bacchus Club package will be available for pick-up October 1. Your credit card will be charged that day. If you have opted to have your package shipped, your card will be charged an additional $15, and the package will be shipped out October 13.
This quarter's selection includes:
Rosé 2014 - Bronze medalist - 2015 Winemasters Choice Competition
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - Gold medalist - 2015 Maryland Governor's Cup
Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 - Bacchus Club Exclusive!
Silver Medalist - 2015 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Please pick up your packages promptly, as storage space is limited. If you prefer to have the package shipped (for $15) to you, please contact SMV at 301.601.0130 or email@example.com.
Pick Up Party
The October pick up party allows entrance for two to our annual Stomp Festival October 10, 11, 24 or 25. To take advantage of this benefit just come to the winery any one of those 4 days and look for the "Will Call" line at the entrance gate. No need to call ahead. Your name will be on that list and you will receive entrance for two. Please have your guest with you at the gate as ID's are checked.
Please note that the designated "express" register exclusively for members of the Bacchus Club is now open on busy weekends. It is in the tent on the lower level in front of the winery.
Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 is available exclusively to Bacchus Club members. $29.95/bottle, $329.45/case plus the 10% club discount.
The Bacchus Club is Almost Full
We will be capping the club at 500 members. Remember if you refer a friend to our Bacchus Club you will receive a bottle of wine of your choice, so get your friends in while you can.
For more information on becoming a Bacchus Club member, click here.
Travel the Maryland Countryside with a Maryland Wine Passport
SMV is a member of the Maryland Wine Association and is participating in its Maryland Wine Passport program. Passports are available at participating wineries, simply pick one up and present it at each MD winery you visit. Each of the wineries has a unique code that you can collect while you visit. Participating in the Maryland Wine Passport Program will allow you to track your progress and enter the codes online to receive discounted tickets to events, exclusive invitations and more! You can either collect codes on your own, or by using the printed Passport, available for purchase at all Maryland wineries. For more information, click here.
From the Tasting Room
Tasting Room Notes
Taste all available wines for $10!
The SMV Tasting Room is open 7 days a week, noon until 6 pm
with last call at 5:30.
Our fresh, delicious Sangria is now available to purchase by the glass on the weekends.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate large groups inside the tasting room. Walk-in service inside the tasting room is limited to parties of no more than four persons. Larger groups are required to use outdoor tables only on a first-come, first serve basis.
2015 Calendar of Events
May - November 1: Live Music Every Saturday & Sunday, 2 - 5 pm
October 3 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
October 4 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
- Bacchus Club Pick Up Party
October 10 & 11 - STOMP Festival
October 10 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
October 11 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Lauren Summer, 2 - 5 pm
October 17 - Howl-O-Wine – Wags for Hope Fundraiser
- Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
October 18 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
October 24 & 25 - STOMP Festival
October 24 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
October 25 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
October 31 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Angie Miller, 2 - 5 pm
November 1 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Salena Jacob, 2 - 5 pm
November 26 - CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
November 27 - Black Friday Sale
December 5 - Pet Photos with Santa Paws
December 24 - Closing at 3 pm
December 25 - CLOSED Christmas Day
Serve SMV Wines at Your Event
When you are planning your next event, SMV’s award-winning wines are a perfect complement to the festivities. Whether a business, community or personal occasion, our selection of wines will suit the taste of your guests. SMV wines have been served at wine dinners at the Kennedy Center, the Knights of Malta event at the Mayflower Hotel, the Chesapeake Dinner at the Cosmos Club, and many other galas, weddings, anniversaries, holiday parties, country club events, and private dinner parties. For details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Group Visits, Private Parties, Events and Meetings at SMV
Consider hosting your next private party, family gathering, or business meeting at SMV. We have facilitated many such events for individuals and groups, banks and corporations, Chambers of Commerce, commercial and private businesses, associations and charitable organizations.
Private Event fees include wine tastings and a tour of the winery. Download our Private Events scheduling and fee information by
Due to the volume of customer patronage during certain business hours, events must be scheduled. GROUPS PLEASE CALL AHEAD: we require two weeks advance reservation for large parties, with a 25 guest minimum. Groups of less than 25 guests can be scheduled on certain days and times.
Due to limited indoor seating, WALK-IN SERVICE FOR GROUPS IS LIMITED to parties of no more than four persons inside the Tasting Room during regular business hours. Walk-in groups of more than four persons are required to use outdoor tables only on a first-come, first serve basis; weather dependant. If inclement weather, we cannot facilitate large walk-in groups in the Tasting Room.
As with all our vineyard guests, private party attendees must follow our Vineyard policies.
Catering of your choice is permitted. For additional information, recommendations, or to arrange your event, contact Susan Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.605.0130.
From the Vineyard & Winery
As far as the vineyard, They are installing new Deer Fence around the property to control the Deer population, and new landscaping is beginning. In the field, We are planting Chardonel vines now and replacing the Pinot Grigio Vines that were severely damaged from the winter. Pruning is almost complete so we will be ready for the Buds to break in May!