Fueling Maryland’s Largest Wine Region
Chesapeake Wine Country
Crow Vineyard and Winery is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the largest wine region in the state based on geographic size. The Crow Family has been operating their vineyard and winery for ten years at their diversified farm and has become a regional leader based on award-winning wines, being open year round and daily to visitors and the business infrastructure they make available to other wineries in the region.
The Eastern Shore of Maryland wine growing region is positively effected by the Chesapeake Bay - an estuary, a body of water where fresh and salt water mix. It is the largest of more than 100 estuaries in the United States and third largest in the world. In many ways it is shaping one of Maryland's fastest growing wine regions - The Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The soil is sandy and well-drained, and the climate is both moderated and protected by the bay waters, assisting with warm days and cool nights, perfect for grape growing!
The surge of fresh water into the upper bay provides the beneficial cooling breezes for vineyards. The saltier water moving up the bay veers toward the Eastern Shore. Saline waters in general compound evaporation effecting less intense rainfalls - helpful for the optimal harvest timing for optimal grapes.
Crow in particular is located in the Rivers to Canal Wine Corridor, just north of Chestertown. It is surrounded by three nearby bay rivers West, North and South of its location with sufficient elevation for cooling breezes. The C&D Canal at the North head of the corridor furthers the moderating influences of the bay.