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Linganore Winecellars

13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771
+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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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
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13601 Glissans Mill Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771
+1 301-831-5889
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Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

Come to any of the events... great time. If you like beer or Wine they got you. Want a nice time out? With music? With the great put doors. So stop over. Just fun.

Thank Alicia K
Management response:Responded August 14, 2017

Thank you for the great review, Alicia... you are always welcomed at the winery, any time! (see what we did there?)

Reviewed July 24, 2017

First time wine tasters made to feel welcome by the staff. Greeted quickly and got us tasting in seconds. Enjoyed learning about the wines on our dry "flight" from our friendly server. Cheese plate was a bit pricey for a small amount of food but...More

Thank sunshark
Management response:Responded July 26, 2017

Thank you for visiting us at the winery and for the positive review. We're glad that you enjoyed the experience and hope to see you again, soon.

Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

The event was very good I had an awesome time and I will be returning in the future. The wine tasting was very good I actually purchased 6 bottles of wine some to enjoy at the festival and to enjoy when I got home.

Thank aminor38
Management response:Responded July 21, 2017

Thank you for visiting us at Reggae Fest and for the awesome review. We're glad that you enjoyed the wine, music and festivities at our event, and hope to see you again for Autumn Reggae Fest, or at next year's festival.

Reviewed July 17, 2017 via mobile

I attended the annual fine festival for the first time and truly enjoyed myself! I did and wine tasting and took the tour. Skipjack followed by the peach white wine were my favorites. I will definitely be back!

Thank Ms_Jess80
Management response:Responded July 18, 2017

Thank you so much for the positive review... we're so glad that you enjoyed our Summer Reggae Festival! We hope to see you again for the Autumn Reggae Festival, this October 7th & 8th.

Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

Decided at the last minute to stop in. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The wines were great. Fantastic winery!

1  Thank ustressed
Management response:Responded July 18, 2017

Thank you so much for your review of our winery. We're so glad that you came to visit us and hope to see you again, soon!

Reviewed April 19, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I moved to Mt. Airy 20 years ago. Then there were all of 7 wineries in the whole state of Maryland. Lucky for us one was 2 miles up the road. Linganore is a great family owned and run winery and now...More

1  Thank Grizbaer
Management response:Responded July 18, 2017

Thank you so much, Grizbaer... we appreciate your long-standing patronage of the winery, and as you pointed out, brewery, as well! Please don't hesitate to let us know the next time that you plan to stop in. I would love to thank you in person....More

Reviewed February 20, 2017

We always have a blast when we attend the wine/music festivals. We especially enjoy the jazz, carribean and reggae ones. The entrance fee is reasonable and they allow you to bring your own tent, chair, food, soda, water, etc. You can also purchase food, clothing,...More

3  Thank bkw122
Reviewed February 14, 2017

this family has done well over the last decade, up to recent times their wines were sweet for the newbie wine drinker type . Just recent they have offered dryer reds in french oak then transferred in to white oak barrels .for a sunday with...More

1  Thank timshipley2017
Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

Had a great time tasting wine. Wines were very good and reasonably priced. We wound up joining their wine club!

1  Thank ustressed
Reviewed December 18, 2016

I have known these folks for years. They have a wonderful selection of carefully crafted wines for all tastes. Steeple Chase is a good choice. They do special seasonal wines, special runs for special events, AND you can have custom labeling made up for your...More

1  Thank 721donaldw
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Response from Jessica G | Property representative |
I don't believe so, but you may be able to get an Uber.