On a small corner of Kent County a family farm is supporting a very important part of the Maryland economy and tourism. The Crow family, owners of a 3rd generation 365-acre farm, are real pioneers in the Maryland wine industry. Their vision to diversify the farm in a way that shares the farm winery experience with tourists from around the country is certainly paying off. In June of 2023, Governor Wes Moore and Secretary of Agriculture, Kevin Atticks visited Crow Farm so they could see firsthand the farming diversification and sustainability model that the Crow family respectively promotes.
“Behind the Scenes” Wine Seminars at Crow
At Crow we believe the ultimate wine experience is sharing how we make wine with those who wish to get a hands on experience with our authentically driven farm vineyard operations. As farmers, we are completely transparent about how we respect, till and cultivate our lands. Now a successful farm vineyard and winery, we seek to share how we craft wines that are 100% sourced from our farm vineyard.
To this end, we conduct educational and interactive “Beyond the Glass” wine seminars each year where participants get an inside look into our operations and can participate in our winemaking.
“Farm-Grown” Wines at Crow
Our focus at Crow has been to expand our vineyard operations to the point where all our wines are made from grapes grown in the vineyard on our farm. We are happy to announce that we have reached this goal: our wines are truly “farm-grown” and we are in constant control of the wine’s journey from the grapes to your glass.
In fact, you can walk out the door of the winery and, within a few steps, you’re walking alongside our vines. Moreover, the area you sit in while enjoying our wines is immediately adjacent to the vineyard grapes that made it. Continue reading Wine Farming at Crow #2 in a Series
Wine Farming at Crow
In 2022 we are celebrating a milestone year marking 10 years of wine farming. We feel blessed to have been in the business of being a successful farm winery for these years.
Wine farming is unique at Crow because of the fact that we were and are a farm first. Many wineries create a farm component after their establishment but at Crow the rich soils and farm work ethic existed already. Crow has been farming on the land we live and operate our business on since the early 1900’s. That’s a long time! We attribute our success to our authentic farm heritage and continued operations as a working farm which produces wheat, corn and soy and delicious grass-fed beef from our herd of Angus cattle.
Our winery opened ten years ago in 2012 following two years of careful vineyard planning and planting. Combining skillful farming practices with our dedication to learning vineyard management has led to quality fruit for us to work with in our winery. Here are a few of our wine farming practices that have led to ten years of achievements at Crow. View Achievements>
Best in Show: Big Cork Vineyards • Viognier 2019
Best in Class
White Blend: Crow Vineyard & Winery • Reserve White Blend 2016
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Reserve White Blend 2016
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Chardonnay 2016
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Merlot 2016
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Sparkling Vidal Blanc NV
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Vidal Blanc 2020
To view all the full list of wineries that earned medals click here!
More information to come.
Maryland winery and its Farmstay B&B ‘getting back into the swing’ of things
Crow Vineyard & Winery sits on a 365-acre working farm in Kennedyville, in Maryland’s Kent County.
It’s located a few miles from Chestertown, the county seat, and less than an hour and a half drive from Philadelphia. Baltimore is due west, on the other side of the Chesapeake Bay. The winery address is 12441 Vansants Corner Road.
Like many East Coast wineries, it’s a family-run business in a rural setting. It opened in 2012.
What makes it unique are the Farmstay B&B that sits on the property and the fresh Angus grass-fed beef that’s for sale there. Few wineries possess either let alone both. In addition, there are days like this coming Sunday set aside for hayrides, and the winery just started offering picnic packs (two mini bottles of wine and a cheese tray for $40).
MWA Board Elects New Officers
Three new Board members Elected to Leadership Roles
The Maryland Wineries Association Board of Directors has elected officers to lead the organization through 2021.
- President: Judy Crow, Crow Vineyards – Kennedyville, Kent Co.
- Vice President: Adam Fizyta, Catoctin Breeze Vineyard – Thurmont/Frederick Co.
- Treasurer: Kimberly Johnson, Philosophy Winery – Baltimore City
- Secretary: Karen Seppi, Love Point Vineyards – Stevensville, Queen Anne’s County
“This executive committee represents a variety of business models, providing a great foundation for our work ahead,” said Kevin Atticks, MWA’s executive director.
“After many pivots and changes last year due to COVID, I am confident that the Maryland wine industry will flourish,” said Judy Crow, who has served as president since 2018, and was asked to continue in the role in an acting capacity, pending a bylaws change. “There are so many talented and committed Board member that work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that any obstacles that we may encounter can be overcome.”
Adam Fizyta’s Catoctin Breeze Vineyard has earned two Comptroller’s Cup Best in Show awards in the last three years. Kimberly Johnson is co-owner of Maryland’s first African American women-owned winery in Maryland. Karen Seppi is co-owner of one of Maryland’s newest wineries, which began selling wines during COVID. All three joined the Board in January.
The organization’s primary goals are to promote and grow the Maryland wine industry.
Kevin Atticks, Executive Director
Maryland Wineries Association
March is Maryland Wine Month!
Join us in celebrating Maryland Wine Month by attending one of our March events!
Sunday, March 7th // Spring Hayride & Tasting // 1pm – 3pm
Sunday, March 14th // Myrtle’s Birthday // 12pm – 5pm
Donations to The Animal Care Shelter for Kent County
gets you a complimentray tasting!
Saturday, March 20th // Wine & Oyster Pairing with Orchard Point Oyster Co. // 12pm – 5:30pm
Sunday, March 28th // Spring Hayride & Tasting // 1pm – 3pm
Join us each week during March as we feature one of our award-winning wines from the 2020 Maryland Governor’s Cup!
March 1st – 7th: Crow Club Select (Gold)
March 8th – 14th: Malbec (Gold)
March 15th – 21st: 2019 Pinot Gris (Silver)
March 22nd – 31st: 2016 Barbera* (Silver)
10% Off these bottles during the week they are being tasted!
Reservations for one of our March events or for a tasting can be made via phone or email.
For more info on our events please visit our event webpage, or give us a call at: 302.304.0551
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February 11, 2021
Boordy Vineyards wins Maryland Governor’s Cup,
Port of Leonardtown Winery wins Jack Aellen Cup
(ANNAPOLIS, MD) – The Maryland Governor’s Cup will take up a year-long residency at Boordy Vineyards in Baltimore County. The 2020 Maryland Wine Governor’s Cup Competition featured 160 entries from nearly 30 Maryland wineries. This annual competition features Maryland-made wines, produced with grapes and fruits grown in the state. Maryland vineyards currently grow nearly 1000 acres of grapes throughout each of the state’s unique growing regions.
“For the second year in a row, a Bordeaux blend has taken top honors,” says Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association. “The Landmark Reserve further illustrates that serious red blends have become the benchmark.” The Bordeaux-style blend was produced from grapes grown on the winery’s South Mountain Vineyard in Frederick County.
The Governor’s Cup Competition was twice delayed due to COVID restrictions. Originally planned for August 2020, the competition was finally held on February 5 with a cohort of judges and staff.
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Crow Club Select
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Malbec
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Barbera 2016
Crow Vineyard & Winery • Pinot Gris 2019
Crow Vineyard & Winery Featured on MPT Farm and Harvest
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Kennedyville, MD – February 11th, 2021
Kennedyville, MD – Kent County’s own Crow Vineyard & Winery, the first winery established in the county, featured on MPT Farm and Harvest, recounts the number of growing wineries in Maryland. Being the first of several wineries to get its start in this area, Crow Vineyard & Winery has seen the growth in its family owned-and-operated Eastern Shore farm, as well as in the Maryland wine growing region.
The 365-acre farm has gained its reputation over the past 10 years through quality grape-growing in the vineyard, and attentive care and craft in their state-of-the-art winery. Before their wine journey began in 2010, Crow Farms’ focus was on grain, soy, and a herd of Grass-fed Angus beef. When Judy and Roy Crow married, the idea of sustaining the farm in another way started to take shape. Through educational seminars on grape-growing, and the return of their son, Brandon Hoy, now Vineyard Manager and co-owner, their venture was solidified.
In 2010 the Crow’s planted their first vines, Vidal Blanc and Barbera, which are just 2 of the now 8 varieties grown in their 12-acre vineyard. Their wine has attracted the likes of guests near and far. Connoisseurs, enthusiasts, and newcomers all want to experience the quality wine, but also the tranquility of the farm. Crow Vineyard & Winery has secured its place within the community, through local support and success in state and international competition, the Crow’s vision has transpired. They invite guests to their authentic working farm to experience all that they have to offer. Wine tastings, elevated events, wine seminars and a farmstay B&B and cottage are just a few activities waiting for you at Crow Vineyard & Winery.
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Crow Farm, Vineyard & Winery is a family owned-and-operated vineyard and winery located in the rural heart of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Embracing the heritage and traditions of Crow Farm, their wines embody the simple elegance of a working pastoral landscape.