Did you know that the Romano family once held wine tastings in the living room of their house? It’s hard to believe that just last summer they celebrated their fifth anniversary as Prince George’s County’s first commercial winery.
Located in the scenic rural tier of Prince George’s County, the Romanos are committed to producing small lots of handcrafted wine from the grapes grown in their vineyard and those of carefully selected custom growers. They believe that wine is made in the vineyard: quality grapes make quality wine. They give every ounce of attention to their vines, so that they’ll produce the high-quality grapes that give us one of Maryland’s best wines.
The winery got its legs through a special grant from the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC). SMADC administered the Tobacco Buyout program to farmers who committed to stop growing tobacco and start new enterprises. Using money from a “Cigarette Restitution Fund” provided by major tobacco companies, SMADC offered resources and assistance to help farmers in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s and Prince George’s counties to explore new farm enterprises, including growing wine grapes. The winery also received funds through the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation.
The Romanos split their time working full-time jobs and meeting the demands of a booming wine business. They are open year-round on Fridays from 1-6 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon-6 p.m. for wine tastings. They offer a variety of events including music, paint nights, and artisan craft fairs. The winery is also available for rental.
For more information, visit their website!