September 19-20, 2015 • Westminster, Maryland
Tickets On Sale!
Save by buying in your Maryland Wine Festival tickets, then scan your pass and walk right through the gate!
Days to MWF
The gate admission price for adults 21 and older with I.D. entitles ticket holders to a logo-engraved wine sampling glass, samples of Maryland wines, continuous on-stage entertainment, guided tours of the Museum’s 19th Century Farmhouse, and self-guided tours of period artisan exhibits and demonstrations.
An exciting addition to the event, the Explorer Pass is an upgraded ticket that includes General Admission PLUS offers sampling from 3 exclusive wine tents, serving some of the state’s best premium, award winning and limited released wines – all from a large, 16-oz tasting glass. The Explorer Pass allows guests to sample over 50 additional premium label wines and gain access to the Hilltop Hangout that has a shaded seating area, winemaker chats, bottled water and private bathrooms.
If you’re into the bold reds, crisp whites and pretty rosés from top MD producers loved by the critics, this is your opportunity to taste the best of the best.
Explorer Pass holders also participate in the third-annual Free State Throwdown, a blind tasting of MD wines vs. wines from the wine region of the team the Ravens are playing the weekend of the festival. This year: MD vs. Oakland!
Those aged 13-20 are admitted for a discounted rate, and children 12 and under are admitted free if accompanied by a paying adult.
Designated driver tickets may be purchased for a discount off of regular admission; no wine glass and no samples are included.
MD Wines are winning incredible accolades. Best in Show Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay Cabernet Sauvignons in national competitions. Taste them at the fest.
“Maryland has a right to be proud of its performance.” —Dave McIntyre – Washington Post wine writer
The festival provides ample exploratory opportunities. Think you only like Pinot Grigio? Try your favorites and find new ones by tasting from the over 200+ wines in every style imaginable.
Crab cakes, oysters, cheese pavilion, jazz, rock, pottery, jewelry, tours of the historic Farm Museum…oh, and did we mention wine?
About the Festival
The very first Maryland Wine Festival was held in 1984 at the Shriver Homestead in Union Mills with eight (8) wineries and approximately 4,500 to 5,000 visitors in attendance. It was a one-day festival that quickly outgrew the property. Thus, The Maryland Wine Festival® was moved to the Carroll County Farm Museum, and it became a two-day affair. Through those 29 years, visitor population has grown to over 20,000 yearly with a grand total to date of well over 832,700 visitors. 1964 was also the year that the Association of Maryland Wineries was organized. From the initial year of 1984 to 1985, this festival went from eight wineries to ten wineries. 1988 saw 13 wineries in attendance. Each year thereafter one or more wineries came on board. In 2008, winery attendance jumped to 23 wineries. Then in 2009, 32 wineries attended The Maryland Wine Festival®. Now, the festival Festival hosts wines from over 40 Maryland Wineries Association’s member wineries.
Carroll County Farm Museum
The Carroll County Farm Museum, located in Westminster, Maryland, provides the public with the opportunity to experience mid-nineteenth century rural life. The Carroll County Farm Museum, the first of its kind in the State of Maryland, opened its doors to the public for the first time on August 13, 1966. The Museum grounds include original farm structures, such as the Farmhouse and a bank barn, built in 1852-53. Other buildings include a 1700s Log Barn, Smokehouse, Broom Shop, Saddlery, Springhouse, Living History Center, Wagon Shed, General Store exhibit, Firehouse, and a One-room Schoolhouse. Period artifacts and antiques complete the rural experience for visitors.
Parking on-site is available early on the days of the festival, but fills up fast.
Carroll County Farm Museum
500 South Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Click here for interactive directions/map via Google Maps.
Free handicapped-accessible shuttle bus service is available at Carroll Community College, located on Route 32, and from the Carroll County Office Complex, both in Westminster.
Shuttle Locations (Recommended)
Carroll Community College [map]
1601 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Carroll County Office Building [map]
225 North Center Street
Westminster, MD. 21157
Watch for signs that designate the exact shuttle pick-up point.
Shuttle service runs continuously, beginning one hour before and ending one hour after the festival. The bus brings you directly to the festival entrance.
Would you like to help make The Maryland Wine Festival a huge success? The Carroll County Farm Museum seeks volunteers to assist with many aspects of this event. Click the link for details.