ven in our quiet pastoral
setting, there is a lot happening!
Here is the latest from Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard:
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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!
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.
Pet Photos with Santa Paws
Saturday, December 7, Noon - 5 pm
Come to SMV and have a photo taken of you and your pet(s) and "Santa Paws". For $10, you will receive a color photo set in a festive holiday frame along with a free wine tasting (1 per sitting). All proceeds will go to the dogs of All Shepherd Rescue, as they search for their forever homes. Stop in & meet some of the volunteers and learn more about the rescue. Take home a bottle or two – the dogs will also receive 10% from all bottle sales, so stock up for the holidays!
Countryside Artisans Tour
December 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard joins its neighbor artists in several tours each year. In addition to wine, pottery, glass, gifts, furniture, prints, paintings jewelry, fiber and sculpture are featured on the tour. For more information and a map of the tour locations, visit countrysideartisans.com.
2012 Chardonnay Wins
Double Gold and Best in Class
SMV's 2012 Chardonnay won Double Gold and Best in Class (White Varietal), and our 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve won a Gold medal at the 2013 Maryland Governor's Cup Competition. 2011 Comus, 2010 Evoe! and 2012 Rosé all won Silver medals. 2012 Circe and 2012 Pinot Grigio brought home Bronze medals. We currently have under 30 cases left in stock of Chardonnay 2012...so come stock up while supplies last! The Cabernet Franc Reserve will be the next Bacchus Club exclusive, with a planned release of Spring 2014. Click here to see the full listing of winners.
2011 Comus Wins "Best in Show"
at 2013 Maryland Winemasters Choice Competition
SMV won top honors at the 7th Annual Winemasters Choice competion. Other medals won include a gold medal for 2011 Comus and silver medals for our 2010 EVOE!, 2012 Pinot Grigio, 2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Rosé, and 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve. Over 25 winemakers judged the competition alongside members of the trade, tasting over 100 wines in 25 flights.
Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Awards SMV with Several Medals
SMV won 4 silver medals (2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2011 Comus, 2010 EVOE!, 2012 Pinot Grigio) and 2 bronze medals (2012 Chardonnay, 2012 Circe) at the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition on July 20 & 21, 2013. 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 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.
SMV on East Coast Wineries Blog
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard was featured in the June 1 blog on eastcoastwineries.blogspot.com, written by author, editor, and publisher Carlo DeVito. Mr. DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles, including the book East Coast Wineries: A Complete Guide from Maine to Virginia. He writes about his visit and his first experience with the SMV "Family" of wines, giving them glowing reviews. Click here to check out his blog.
2010 Evoe! Voted "Best Red Wine"
SMV's 2010 Evoe! was voted "Best Red Wine" in the Drink Local Grand Tasting and Twitter Taste Off. The contest was the highlight of the 5th Annual Drink Local Wine Conference held in Baltimore on April 13. Over 400 people tasted wines from 26 Maryland wineries, then tweeted their comments about the wines and voted for their favorites.
2010 Evoe! Wins Double Gold
at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
2010 Evoe! won Double Gold and 2011 Circe and 2011 Comus both won Silver medals in the "Red Blend - Vinefera" category at the 13th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition to benefit Camp Good Days, the world's largest charitable wine competition. 3,505 wines were entered from 20 countries, including wines from all 50 US States and 4 Canadian Provinces. The wines were judged by 70 of the World's top judges from 14 countries.
SMV Wins Big at the 2013
International Eastern Wine Competition
In the 2013 International Eastern Wine Competition, SMV's 2011 Comus won a Best of Class and Gold in the Red Bordeaux type blend category, and the 2011 Circe and 2010 Evoe! won silver medals in the same category. Over 800 wines were entered in the competition, which is the oldest, largest professional wine competition in the United States. All of the judges were professionals in the wine industry.
2010 Evoe! Wins Gold Medal
in the 2013 World Wine Championships
The Beverage Tasting Institute has awarded our 2010 Evoe! a 2013 World Wine Champlionships gold medal, in the Bordeaux Varietal Blend, Red category, after a tasting on February 11 at their Chicago Tasting Room. They gave it a rating of 91 points (exceptional). Click here to check out our listing at Tastings.com.
Bacchus Club Members
The October package will be available October 1, and will include 2010 Evoe!, 2012 Rosé and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Pick Up Party will be on Sunday, October 6, during the first weekend of the Stomp. Bacchus Club members will have a chance to taste and buy 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve, which won a gold medal at the 2013 MD Governor's Cup Competition, months before its release. When it is released in the Spring, it will be available exclusively to Bacchus Club members.
Cabernet Franc 2010 is available by bottle or case, exclusively for Bacchus Club members. $28.95/bottle, $318.45/case plus the 10% club discount.
For more information on becoming a Bacchus Club member, click here.
Joining Forces with Sugarloaf Regional Trails
SMV is happy to join with Sugarloaf Regional Trails, a non-profit focusing on conservation of the cultural landscape in rural Montgomery County. The SRT organization began in 1974 and conducts cultural research and educational activities, holds preservation and environmental conferences and publishes trail guides which can be read and downloaded from their website.
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.
The tasting room in officially is its "winter mode": tastings are given in the heated tent in front of the winery, the fire pits and heaters are out and the mulled wine is available. 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.
The tasting room will close at 3 pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
SMV Tasting Room Events & Festival Calendar
December 7 – Pet Photos with Santa Paws
December 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15 – Countryside Artisans Tour
December 24 – Closing at 3 pm
December 25 – CLOSED Christmas Day
Jan 1, 2014 – CLOSED New Year's 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. Recently, 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
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 301.605.0130.
From the Vineyard & Winery
The End of Harvest
The 2013 harvest is over. The freeze in mid May hurt the yields, but the fruit we were able to pick was good. Fortunately, we have built up an inventory of bottled and barrel wine so we should be in good shape to serve our customers the quality product they expect
Friday, December 13th, 12:00 - 3:00pm
MOM's Organic Market
5566 Randolph Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852
For information about having a tasting by SMV at your event or location contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to all those who volunteered and helped to make the 2013 festival season a success. The festival season is over for the year but we will be back in touch after the first of the year.