Friday, September 21, 2012



LEONARDTOWN, MD — Wineries in St. Mary’s County continue to medal in state and regional competitions. St. Mary’s County’s fledgling wine industry has 76 acres of grapes in production and two wineries, Port of Leonardtown Winery and Slack Winery, both of which are under four years old.
"Both Slack and Port of Leonardtown have earned multiple golds and 'best in class' honors in their first few years of production," notes Kevin Atticks, Maryland Wineries Association Executive Director. “This is further proof that St. Mary’s County ­and Southern Maryland, in general ­is prime viticultural land.”
St. Mary’s County wineries brought home 19 medals from the 2012 WineMaster Choice Awards. Of Maryland’s 48 wineries judged in the blind tastings, Slack and Port of Leonardtown combined received more medals than any other, and each had a wine named Best in Class. Port of Leonardtown’s Chambourcin 2010 and Slack’s Danny Boy 2010 received gold medals and Best in Class Red and Best in Class Off­Dry, respectively. Together, Slack and Port of Leonardtown were awarded nine silver and six bronze medals.

The two wineries also received recognition at the 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup, where Port of Leonardtown was awarded three Best in Class, including, Best Red: Chambourcin 2010, Best Dessert: Autumn Frost 2010, Best Fruit: McIntosh Run 2011. Together, Port of Leonardtown and Slack won four golds, five silvers and four bronze.

At the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition 2012, Port of Leonardtown competed against 95 wineries from ten states and was awarded two gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

Both wineries use locally grown grapes and offer tastings and tours. Slack Winery, Maryland’s only inn and winery, is located on the property of Woodlawn Farm in Ridge. Port of Leonardtown Winery is located on Route 5 in Leonardtown. 

For more information, visit or call 301­475­2400 ext. 1404.