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Linganore Winecellars

13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-8507
+1 301-831-5889
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Linganore Winecellars is a family operated vineyard and winery nestled on 230 acres of picturesque rolling countryside, 4.5 miles northeast of historic New Market, Maryland. Established by Jack and Lucille Aellen in 1971, our first 6 acres of vineyards were planted in 1972 and the winery opened in 1976 in the lower half of a 19th century post and beam barn which previously housed the farm’s dairy operation. Using Lucille’s father’s hand winemaking equipment, we processed 6 tons of grapes our first year. In 1977, we held Maryland’s first wine festival as a way to introduce our first vintage to the public. In 1978, to meet consumer demand, we introduced the state’s first semi sweet grape wines, an off shoot of our German-Swiss winemaking heritage. With the knowledge and experience in the production of these lighter style wines came the introduction that same year of our honey and pure fruit wines. By the early ‘80s, the winemaking responsibilities were taken over by Jack and Lucille’s son Anthony. Also in the early ‘80s, new experimental grape varieties from the grape breeding program at Cornell University were planted in test plots in our vineyards. The success of many of these new hybrids has been shown in expanded acreage and dedication to winery production. As the winery grew, so did our commitment to our customers. In 1982, we redesigned our tasting and sales facility to make it larger and more accessible to the public. That same year saw the expansion of both the festival grounds and the picnic areas. Since then our schedule has expanded to include 5 major festivals and more than 20 smaller indoor events throughout the year. In 1983, recognizing the growing interest in regionally produced wines, Jack Aellen worked to establish the first federally designated grape growing area in Maryland, the Linganore Viticultural Area, which encompasses 90 square miles of land around the winery in the heart of Maryland. In 1989, we introduced our custom label program for special occasions, private and corporate functions, and weddings. In 1990, Anthony introduced dry fruit wines to our customers as an alternative to dry grape wines. Also in mid 1990, Jack and Lucille’s youngest son, Eric, took on the management of the vineyards. By 1997, expansion was in the works again with the addition of a new 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse and bottling facility which moved this part of the production out of the original dairy barn where the winery operation remained. This move saw the upgrade of bottling equipment from an all manual system which could handle 12 bottles per minute to a semi automatic line at 22 bottles per minute. In 1999, expansion was in the works again with the addition of a 6,000 sq. ft. state of the art tank room and processing facility. This addition increased our capacity to over 100,000 gallons with enough expansion room to take us to close to 200,000 as we grow. We installed a German membrane press and numerous refrigerated tanks in the press room and banks of refrigerated fermentation tanks in the tank room which increased juice quality and in turn increased the quality of the finished wine. In 2000, with over 40 acres of vineyards, we purchased the state’s first mechanical grape harvester. This machine greatly increased the speed at which the grapes can be harvested. We could now harvest in one hour what an eight man crew could harvest in one day, reducing time from harvest to processing to about 30 minutes. Decreasing the time from harvest to crush greatly increased overall juice and wine quality. 2003 saw the addition of a new bottling room to house a state of the art fully automated Italian bottling line, handling 60 bottles per minute; this was a substantial increase from the 22 bottles per minute with our previous bottling system. Additional new tanks were installed which increased capacity to just under 150,000 gallons. In the fall of 2004, we started renovation of the 19th century bank barn which housed the winery in the lower level for its first 23 years. Completed in 2006, this grand structure with its black walnut beams and towering ceilings is now the home of our cask aging cellar, a new tasting/sales room and a spectacular banquet facility. In 2005, we installed a centrifuge to clear the wines of sediment after fermentation. Centrifuging the wine eliminates the use of settling chemicals for clarification before aging and bottling. This process has significantly increased wine quality. In 2011, power supplied to the winery was converted to 100% wind power, leading us to win 2011 Green Business of the Year, in the small to midsize business category, from the Baltimore Business Journal. We also received a grant from the Department of Agriculture which allowed for the installation of 2 Electric Car Charging Stations, that are powered by a sun tracking solar panel. Our most recent endeavor was the installation of a wind anemometer, which will record wind speed to determine if we can install our own wind turbines further reducing our carbon footprint. In looking toward the future, the third generation of Aellens is already hard at work around the winery forming their base for taking the winery into the future. Melding Jack’s German-Swiss winemaking heritage with Lucille’s Italian winemaking roots and ever conscious of our customers tastes, Anthony has created a splendid variety of wines which have won over 200 medals in national and international competitions. Producing over 30 wines, ranging from stylish white and red dinner wines to elegant semi-sweet grape, fruit, and honey wines, our winery enjoys a reputation as a fun place to visit and a relaxed place to sample wines in a casual setting. Lucille’s cookbook about serving and cooking with wines has consistently wetted our customers’ appetites. We welcome visitors 361 days a year to experience a fun filled afternoon in a country setting where winemaking really is a family affair.
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13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-8507
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After living in Howard county for many years we finally made it to Linganore. Two of us greatly enjoyed the wine tasting which is an excellent value for the price. We sampled 12 wines. They offer three tasting packages; dry, sweet or a mix. You...More

Thank William J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been a member with Linganore for a little over a year. I have gone to several wine tastings including one that was for wine club members only. The staff is always friendly and willing to allo I have been a member with Linganore...More

Thank Kcurbear
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

I attended the festival yesterday! Such a great time. Good food, musics and friends. Plus they had some amazing new blackberry wine.

Thank Mis L
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Michael B, Public Relations Manager at Linganore Winecellars, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2018

Thank you, Mis L... we're so glad that you enjoyed the festivities and the wine! Hope to see you again next year.

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

My husband tried the reserve wines. I tried the blends. Ended up buying 6. I enjoyed the variety and taste of their wines. Chris was great.

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Michael B, Public Relations Manager at Linganore Winecellars, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2018

Thank you so much for visiting with us! We're so committed to producing quality wines, and it's rewarding when we read that someone enjoys and appreciates the variety that we offer. Cheers!

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

The wine here is good and we enjoyed our wine tasting experience. Skip the cheese plate if you aren't hungry. The brewery next door is a nice place to stop also. Lots of beers to choose from.

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Michael B, Public Relations Manager at Linganore Winecellars, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you so much for the compliments and feedback about our cheese plate. We will look into how we might improve our cheese presentation to be a bit more robust.

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Reviewed 19 November 2017 via mobile

This winery was built to accommodate a large number of people based on their parking lot and the size of their tasting room. I got there just after they opened at 10a. I paid and was shown to the tasting bar. My server was still...More

1  Thank jehenson81
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Michael B, Guest Relations Manager at Linganore Winecellars, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2017

Thank you so much for the kind review... we appreciate your feedback as we strive to create quality wines and great experiences, here at the winery.

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Great selection of wines and micro-brews, relaxing atmosphere with a wonderful outdoor setting! Highly recommend....won't break the bank either!

Thank Joe H
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

My wife and I were visiting the Red Shedman tasting room last week, and after we exited that establishment, quess what was next door? That's right, Linganore Winecellars. They were offering tastings, a fine selection of wine for purchase as well as other tasty treats.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

We visited on a Saturday for wine tasting and music. We knew it would be chilly, so we brought blankets. The wine tasting was great. Lorrie was our server and very friendly and knowledgeable. Sandy was our hostess and she was SO nice and accommodating....More

Thank ddallas1969
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Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

A beautiful piece of land, picnic tables, outdoor seating, great out doors time. Good wine and beer, (Red Shedman). Family and pet friendly. You can bring your own food but they have food, nachos, pizza and cheese spreads. Big problem they are very under staffed....More

1  Thank Steven S
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Shirley E
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Hi Shirley, The closest hotels that we can recommend are as follows: - Hampton Inn & Suites Frederick-Fort Detrick - Hampton Inn Frederick - Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center - Courtyard Frederick - TownePlace Suites... More
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I don't believe so, but you may be able to get an Uber.
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