Sotterley Marks 10 Years of Winefest
Posted for Historic Sotterley, Inc.
By Mallory Lengel
This month, Historic Sotterley Plantation hosted their 10th annual Riverside Wine Fest, where 23 Maryland vendors offered tastings of their award-winning wines and local artisans displayed their wares.
Saturday’s beautiful weather brought a record-breaking crowd to the plantation, and, despite threatening clouds, Sunday’s weather remained crisp and dry.
Children and adults alike enjoyed activities such as tours of the Colonial Revival Garden, Plantation house and Slave Cabin. Arts and Crafts were set up near the spinning cottage for children and down the hill guests were offered a taste of some of Maryland’s best wines while listening to live music by local bands and DJ’s from local radio stations. In the historic barn artists from the Color and Light Society displayed their beautiful creations and paintings.
Vendors from all over Maryland attend this event each year. Boordy Vineyards, Maryland’s oldest vineyard sends representatives out every year to allow attendees to sample more than half of the 20 varietals offered at their Baltimore County Vineyard.
The event also offers smaller, local wineries the chance to gain a local following and let the public sample what they have to offer. The Port of Leonardtown, a local cooperative of growers uses the Wine Fest as an opportunity to continue to develop a local market.
For more information on this event and furture events offered at Sotterley plantation, visit www.sotterley.org.