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Old Westminister Winery in Carroll County Unveils New Tasting Room


Special Vine Cutting Ceremony Set to Take Place Thursday, November 5

Old Westminister WineryWestminster, MD – Nestled in the rolling hills of Carroll County, there sits a regionally recognized family-owned and operated winery, set to expand to bring in more local residents and wine lovers alike.  The Baker Family, owners of Old Westminster Winery, will unveil their NEW Tasting Room on Thursday, November 5 from 11:30 am-1:30 pm with a special vine cutting ceremony and private celebration. Dignitaries, media, partners and friends will be on hand to meet the family, partake in wine tastings and tapas appetizers as well as explore the 2,200 square foot building located adjacent to the home vineyard. For more information about Old Westminster Winery, log onto www.oldwestminster.com.

“We achieved our primary goal of growing and producing delicious, award winning wines and now we are able to celebrate a new gathering place for the community and tourists alike.  It is our hope that people will come here to relax and unwind, connect with each other or maybe even host a wedding or special occasion,” said Old Westminster Co-founder, Drew Baker. He added, “Our family has worked so hard to bring our dream to reality and we are excited to share our passion for winemaking with others.”

The Tasting Room building reflects a contemporary, country-chic atmosphere with warm colors, comfortable interior seated areas, a large tasting bar, an abundance of windows and a covered porch complete with tables and chairs.  In addition, a nearby pavilion, a cozy patio and lush grassy spaces surround the building to add ambience and character to the country setting. The interior of the building accommodates up to 74 people and the outdoor areas add an additional space for 100.

Old Westminster Winery produces red, white, sparkling and rosé wines exclusively from grapes grown in Maryland. While some are single vineyard selections, others are an artful blend of home grown grapes paired with those from other Maryland winegrowers. Wines are available on site or through various wine shops and restaurants throughout the region.

“In our winery, the goal is to produce a balanced wine that reflects both the vineyard and vintage,” said winemaker, Lisa Hinton. “We achieve this by timeliness and attention to detail – our fingerprints are on every vine, every grape and every bottle.” The Baker family’s collective determination, meticulous vineyard management and thoughtful cellar practices enable them to produce truly noteworthy wines. Recently, Old Westminster Winery won Best in Class: Best White Blend in the 2015 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition for its Greenstone 2014.

The Old Westminster Winery Tasting Room will open its doors for winter hours beginning on Friday, November 13; regular hours will be Friday 4 pm-9 pm; Saturday 12 noon- 9 pm and Sunday 12 noon- 5 pm.  Visitors may try the various wines by the glass, by the bottle or by the flight.  Guests are welcome to BYOP (bring your own picnic) or purchase locally sourced agricultural products such as breads, charcuterie and cheeses at the counter.  Live music sessions with local bands and musicians every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  The Tasting Room is also available for weddings, receptions, private parties and corporate conferences.


The Baker family started Old Westminster Winery in 2010 after many discussions about “how best to put their land to work.”  After much research, planning and consultation, they planted their vines, collaborated with other winegrowers in the region and formulated a strategic plan to offer hand-crafted, distinctive wines with a sense of place while capitalizing of the rich agricultural landscape of Maryland.  Today, the Bakers manage 10,000 estate vines and still cultivate and harvest their grapes by hand.  The winery is located at 1550 Old Westminster Road in Westminster, Carroll County.  For more information, call 410-881-4656 or log onto www.oldwestminster.com.



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