ven in our quiet pastoral
setting, there is a lot happening!
Here is the latest from Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard:
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Valentine's Weekend at SMV
February 13 & 14, 12 - 5 pm
Treat your special valentine to our award-winning wine and celebrate at SMV! We will be doing wine pairings with our tastings, including five wines with three pastry pairings for $10 (while supplies last). Zaglio's Bakery Cafe in Poolesville will be providing the sweets. No reservations needed.
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
January 2016 Package
Your Bacchus Club package will be available for pick-up January 9. If you have opted to have your package shipped, it will ship out January 19. Your credit card will be charged January 7.
This quarter's selection includes:
EVOE! 2012 - New release for January 2016! Aged 18 months in French oak, it is composed of 33% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc and 14% Petit Verdot.
Comus 2012 - Gold medal winner in both the 2015 MD Governor's Cup and Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Viognier 2014 - Bronze medal winner in both the Atlantic Seaboard and MD Winemaster's Choice 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
***** Due to technical support issues we erroneously charged many (340) of the wine club members twice for their January package. This error has been corrected. We are taking steps to prevent this issue but unfortunately the same rural setting that is our asset is also a liability when it comes to internet service. We are so thankful for all the concerned members who graciously and patiently accepted the situation. *****
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.
Warm up on weekends with Hot Mulled Wine and sit by our cozy firepits on the patio.
(Firepits are weather-dependant and will not be lit on windy days)
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.
February Rosé Sale
For the month of February only, Rosé 2014 will be on sale a for $16.96/bottle, $186.53/case - 15% OFF the regular price! Bacchus Club members receive an extra 10% off the sale price.
2016 Calendar of Events
February 13 & 14 - Valentine's Weekend Pairings
March 27 - CLOSED for Easter
April 2 - Return of our Fresh Sangria, available every weekend through October
April 10 - Bacchus Club Pickup Party
April 30 - October 30 - LIVE MUSIC every weekend
May 28 - 30 - Memorial Weekend Celebration
July 2 - 4 - Fourth of July Weekend Celebration
September 3 - 5 - Labor Day Weekend STOMP Festiva
October 8 - Howl-O-Wine, Wags for Hope Fundraiser
October 9 - Bacchus Club Pickup Party
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 April.
In the vineyard we have prepared land to plant 4 more acres of grapes including Chardonel, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Petit Mensang and Cabernet Franc. Gross pruning began in December and continues with a week long break for the blizzard of 2016.