5 wineries to visit in Virginia and Maryland this fall

"Autumn is a wonderful time of year to visit local wineries. Fall colors make the drive spectacular, and the thrill of the new harvest gives the wineries extra energy. Add these to your itinerary this year.

Old Westminster Winery
1550 Old Westminster Rd., Westminster, Md., 410-881-4656; www.oldwestminster.com

Old Westminster will open its new tasting room to the public Nov. 7, but the winery has already caught the eye and palate of local wine enthusiasts. It is run by the Baker siblings: Drew Baker manages the vineyards, Lisa Baker Hinton makes the wines and Ashli Baker Johnson manages the tasting room and customer relations. Over the past five years, they have dazzled with delicious wines; my current favorites are the 2014 whites, including a racy albariño and a zesty blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier called Greenstone. Lisa is also experimenting with an “orange” wine of chardonnay fermented on its skins."

By Dave McIntyre; Published September 26, 2015