ven in our quiet pastoral
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EVOE! 2013 Wins Double Gold/Best in Class
at the 2016 MD Comptroller's Cup
SMV EVOE! 2013 won DOUBLE GOLD/Best in Class, Red Blend at the 2016 Maryland Comptroller's Cup (formerly Winemasters Choice Competition) on June 8. Our Chardonnay 2015, Pinot Gris 2015, Circe 2014 and Viognier 2015 all brought home gold medals; while Rosé 2015, Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012, Chardonnay Unoaked 2015 and Anticipation 2013 all won bronze. The annual competition is directed by Al Spoler, host of WYPR's Cellar Notes, and brings together wine makers from across the state for the opportunity to taste and evaluate each other's wine. The competition is blind– judges only know the composition of the wine, not the label, price, intended market or any other details. Panels of five judges are given a flight of wine spanning a single category, and then are asked to evaluate the wines within the category.
SMV Wins at the 2016 Finger Lakes
International Wine Competition
Our Chardonnay Reserve 2014, EVOE! 2013, and Circe Reserve 2014 all won silver medals at the 2016 Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition in March. This competition is the world's largest charitable wine competition to benefit Camp Good Days. 3,824 wines were entered from 26 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.
Awards at the Amenti del Vino
International Wine Competition
The Amenti del Vino Wine Society's Eastern Connecticut Chapter - AWS held it's International Wine Competition May 28, 2016. SMV's Penelope 2014, Circe Reserve 2014, and EVOE! 2013 were all awarded Silver medals. Our Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012, Chardonnay Reserve 2014, Rosé 2015, and Pinot Gris 2015 won Bronze medals.
SMV Wins BIG at the 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition
SMV brought home multiple awards from the International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC), where judging took place on February 16 & 17. Our Cabernet Franc Reserve 2012 was the biggest winner, bringing home Double Gold and Best in Class! Our Circe Reserve 2014 won Gold, Evoe 2013 and Cabernet Franc 2012 both won Silver, and our Chardonnay Reserve 2014 won Bronze. The International Eastern Wine Competition, started in 1975, is one of the oldest and longest-running wine competitions in the nation.
2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards
SMV wines that won at the 2015 TEXSOM International Wines Awards are: Circe Reserve 2014 (gold), Cabernet Franc 2012 (silver), EVOE! 2013 (bronze) and Chardonnay Reserve 2014 (bronze). The judging took place February 22-23 at the Inving Convention Center. The awards competition received close to 3,600 entries, which was a record for the 31-year-old competition. Entries in the 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards included wines from 21 different countries and 15 states and were judged by 68 judges.
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.
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.
• We do not accept limos, buses or large groups without advance notice.
Please call 301.605.0130 prior to your visit to make a reservation.
Please contact us with any questions regarding these policies. We look forward to seeing you here at SMV!
Bacchus Club Members
July 2016 Package
Your Bacchus Club package will beavailable for pick up Saturday, July 9. If you have opted to have your package shipped, it will ship out July 19 and will require an adult signature upon delivery. Please contact the tasting room with any changes before July 4. Your credit card will becharged on July 7.
This quarter's selection includes:
Circe 2014 - A youthful, easy-drinking red wine. A blend of four Bordeaux varietals.
Circe Reserve 2014 - Bacchus Club exclusive and Gold Medalist at the 2016 TEXSOM International Wine Awards and the 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition.
Chardonnay 2014 - Recent release! Silver Medalist at the 2015 Maryland Winemasters Choice Awards and Bronze Medalist at the 2016 International Eastern Wine Competition.
Pick Up Party
The pick up party will be July 9 & 10 and will feature tastings from some of our library wines, which will be available for purchase while supplies last.
Our wine production is increasing which means our storage space is dwindling and at a premium. Please pick up your packages in a timely manner. Starting in July we will only be capable of holding a maximum of two packages for you. If you prefer to have the package shipped (for $15) to you, please contact SMV at 301.601.0130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 eight select wines (4 dry white and 4 dry red) 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 White Sangria is now available to purchase by the glass ($8) 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. We do not accept limos, buses or large groups without advance notice – please call 301.605.0130 prior to your visit to make a reservation.
July Wine Sale
For the month of July only, Pinot Gris 2015 will be on sale a for 10% OFF the regular price! Bacchus Club members receive an extra 10% off the sale price.
2016 Calendar of Events
April 30 - October 30 - LIVE MUSIC every weekend
June 25 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Angie Miller, 2 - 5 pm
June 26 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
July 2 - 4 - Fourth of July Weekend Celebration
- July 2 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
- July 3 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Mike Bowers, 2 - 5 pm
- July 4 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, The Few-er, 2 - 5 pm
July 9 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
July 10 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
July 16 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
July 17 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
July 23 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Natalie York, 2 - 5 pm
July 24 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, The Few-er, 2 - 5 pm
July 30 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
July 31 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
August 6 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
August 7 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Mike Bowers, 2 - 5 pm
August 13 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
August 14 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
August 20 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
August 21 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Andrew O'Day, 2 - 5 pm
August 27 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Angie Miller, 2 - 5 pm
August 28 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
September 3 - 5 - Labor Day Weekend STOMP Festival
- Sept 3 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Community Groove, 2 - 5 pm
- Sept 4 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long Band, 2 - 5 pm
- Sept 5 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi Band, 2 - 5 pm
September 10 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
September 11 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
September 17 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Mike Bowers, 2 - 5 pm
September 18 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
September 24- Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
September 25 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
October 1 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
October 2 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
October 8 - Howl-O-Wine, Wags for Hope Fundraiser
- Live Music with Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
October 9 - Bacchus Club Pickup Party
October 15 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Mike Bowers, 2 - 5 pm
October 16 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
October 22 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Angie Miller, 2 - 5 pm
October 23 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
October 29 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Natalie York, 2 - 5 pm
October 30 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Frye, 2 - 5 pm
November 24 - CLOSED for Thanksgiving
November 25 - Black Friday Sale
December 3 - Pet Photos with Santa Paws, All Shepherd Rescue Fundraiser
December 24 - Closing at 3 pm
December 25 - CLOSED for Christmas
January 1, 2017 - CLOSED for 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. 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 Winery & Vineyard
In the winery, Manolo has begun final preparations for bottling which will take place in August.
In the vineyard Julio and his team are removing the suckers from the vine trunks. They are also straightening the shoots to a vertical position to prevent crossover and promote consistent growth and ripening of the grapes. They recently completed planting of two new fields with 8000 vines including the addition of Petit Manseng to our portfolio.