ven in our quiet pastoral
setting, there is a lot happening!
Here is the latest from Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard:
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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 - which is on sale now!
SMV Wins at the 2014 Maryland
Governor's Cup Competition
Results have been released for the 2014 Maryland Governor's Cup Competition, and our wines earned three gold and two silver medals. EVOE! 2011, Circe 2011 (Labor Day weekend release) and Chardonnay Reserve 2013 (Black Friday 2014 release) all won gold medals; Comus 2012 and Cabernet Franc (Labor Day weekend release) won silver medals.
Labor Day Weekend
August 30 - September 1
Relax with us this Labor Day weekend! Enjoy live music 2 - 5 each day, including Kenny & Joel on Saturday, Freddie Long on Sunday, and Denny Grizzle on Monday. Also, we will be releasing two of our recent 2014 Maryland Governor's Cup Competition winners: Circe 2013 the first Malbec-dominant wine we've ever made here (gold) and Cabernet Franc 2012 (silver).
Grape Stomp 2014
October 4 & 5 and 11 & 12, Noon - 6 pm each day (last call 5:30)
Join us for our eighth annual
Grape Stomp festival held on two consecutive weekends, October 4 & 5 and 11 & 12 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 5 - MHB with Matthew Baron
- Oct 6 - Ted Garber
- Oct 11 - Shane Gamble
- Oct 12 - Freddie Long Band
• 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 engraved by Jenny Muffler, 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. Tickets will be honored for any one of the
four days of the event.
Identification will be checked at the gate. Bring your chairs and blankets! This is a rain or shine event. We will have a jumbo tent to offer protection from rain/inclement weather. No refunds. This is a ticketed event. For these two weekends, the Tasting Room will be open for walk-in sales of closed bottles and cases only. SMV wines are the only alcohol permitted on the premises - including parking lots. Coolers will be checked.
SMV Wins "Best in Show" and Other Medals
at the MD Winemasters Choice Competition 2014
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard's Chardonnay 2013 won the coveted "Best in Show" award. This year's competition was the largest, with 131 wines entered. Fifteen judges, representatives of the wine industry, judged 27 flights of wine. In addition to "Best in Show" for the Chardonnay 2013, SMV's Chardonnay Reserve 2013 and Evoe 2011 won gold medals; Rose 2013 and Anticipation 2012 won silver medals and the Penelope 2013, Circe 2013, Viognier 2013 and Comus 2012 won bronze medals. 2013 was obviously a great year for winemaking at SMV.
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.
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 Wins at the 2014 Finger Lakes
International Wine Competition
2011 Evoe! and 2011 Comus both won Silver medals in the "Red Blend - Vinefera" category, and 2011 Cabernet Franc Reserve won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition to benefit Camp Good Days, the world's largest charitable wine competition. 3,756 wines were entered from 20 countries, including wines from all 50 US States and 6 Canadian Provinces. The wines were judged by 75 of the World's top judges from 16 countries.
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.
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.
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.
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 Championships 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
October 2014 Package
Your October 2014 package will be available for pick-up October 1. If you have opted to have your package shipped, it will go out October 8. Your credit card will be charged October 1.
This quarter's selection includes:
Comus 2012 - Award winning deep and complex Bordeaux-style blend
Circe 2013 - Youthful, easy-drinking red wine set for release August 30
Rosé 2013 - Fruity with a semisweet spice finish
Please pick up your packages promptly, as storage space is limited. If you prefer to have the package shipped (for $12) to you, please contact SMV at 301.601.0130 or email@example.com.
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 2011, which won a gold medal at the 2013 MD Governor's Cup Competition and silver medals at the 2013 Winemasters Choice Awards and the 2013 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition, has been released and is available exclusively to Bacchus Club members. $29.95/bottle, $329.45/case plus the 10% club discount.
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.
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.
Enjoy our delicious and popular fresh Sangria with fruit! Available on Saturdays and Sundays only.
SMV Tasting Room Events & Festival Calendar
May – October: Live Music every Saturday and Sunday
2 - 5 pm
August 30 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
August 31 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
September 1 - Labor Day Celebration
- Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
September 6 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
September 7 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
September 13 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
September 14 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
September 20 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, MHB, 2 - 5 pm
September 21 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
September 27 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
September 28 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
October 4 & 5 - STOMP Festival
- October 4 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Rob Thorworth, 2 - 5 pm
- October 5 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Freddie Long, 2 - 5 pm
- October 5 - Bacchus Club Pick Up Party
October 11 & 12 - STOMP Festival
- October 11 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Denny Grizzle, 2 - 5 pm
- October 12 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Jason Masi, 2 - 5 pm
18 - Howl-O-Wine – Wags for Hope Fundraiser
- Live Music on the Lower Patio, MHB, 2 - 5 pm
October 19 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Shane Gamble, 2 - 5 pm
October 25 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Kenny & Joel, 2 - 5 pm
October 26 - Live Music on the Lower Patio, Ted Garber, 2 - 5 pm
November 27 - CLOSED Thanksgiving Day
November 28 - Black Friday Sale
December 6 - 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. 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
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
We are getting ready for the 2014 harvest to begin the first or second week of September and run through October. The vineyard crew has thinned the fruit by dropping clusters that have not ripened. Earlier in the season, Japanese beetles were a challenge, but we prevailed. The crew recently installed netting to protect the ripening grapes from deer, birds, groundhogs, raccoons and a host of pests. Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Merlot will probably be the first to be picked. The grapes look healthy and clean.
In the winery, we are prepping for harvest by sanitizing the equipment, hoses and tanks we will use. We are looking forward to a successful harvest.
For information about having a tasting by SMV at your event or location contact email@example.com.