The Maryland Wineries Association will host an award ceremony and reception at Red Red Wine Bar in Annapolis from 3-4:30PM on Monday, January 21, 2019. Representatives from wineries around the state will be joined by invited guests and media to celebrate the 2018 competition, receive awards, and provide a sneak peek for the association’s Winter Wine event on January 25, 2019.

The Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition awards the best Maryland wines produced from grapes, fruit, and honey grown within the state. Fruit wines, meads, and ciders produced in Maryland that are judged at this competition vie for the Jack Aellen Cup. Named for Jack Aellen, the founder of Linganore Winecellars and pioneer of honey and fruit wines in the state, this award celebrates non-grape wines. Over 150 red, white, rosé, sparkling, and fruit wines were entered into the 2018 competition, held at the Center Club in Baltimore on August 26, 2018.

Best-in-show winner Port of Leonardtown Winery will be awarded the 2018 Maryland Governor’s Cup for their Barbera Reserve from 2015. Also to be awarded as a best-in-show recipient is Great Shoals Winery who will receive the Jack Aellen Cup for their Hard Strawberry fruit wine.

WHO:          Maryland Wineries Association, 2018 Maryland Governor’s Cup award winners, invited guests, and media

WHAT:        2018 Maryland Governor’s Cup Award Ceremony

WHERE:     Red Red Wine Bar, 189 B Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401

WHEN:       Monday, January 21, 2019, 3:00-4:30 PM

This gathering is meant to celebrate the winners of the 2018 Maryland Governor’s Cup and provide attendees an opportunity to sample light fare and many of these award-winning wines.

The Maryland Wineries Association (MWA), formed in 1984, is the non-profit trade association that represents more than 80 member wineries in Maryland. MWA’s mission is to develop and expand the grape and wine industry in Maryland – through education and promotion



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