To celebrate the start of the fall season this past weekend, we decided to continue our east coast wine exploration and venture to DeJon Vineyard in Hydes, Maryland. We don’t have too much experience with Maryland wines, with the exception of one winery we visited last year where the wines were on the sweeter side and not to our preference. However, we recently discovered another Maryland winery, Boordy Vineyards that had an excellent red blend, Terra Maria (review is coming in a future post!). Therefore, in the spirit of our continued appreciation of and support for east coast wines, we wanted to give DeJon a try.
A Relaxed Atmosphere
DeJon was a little over an hour’s drive for us, and upon turning into the winery, we saw their lovely vines. The tasting takes place in a refurbished barn. Although there was a bridal shower going on in the barn in addition to the tasting, the staff was attentive, and the atmosphere was so relaxed and inviting that we completely forgot that an event was even going on (translation: you could hear yourself think and actually have a conversation with others!).
The person who poured our wines was friendly and engaged us in great conversation as we sampled their wines. Opened in 2010, we learned that the winery is aptly name for the husband and wife owners, Denise and John. If you visit this winery, you will likely see John on the premises, as he guided us into the parking lot, and is very involved with the vineyard’s day to day operations.
Something for Everyone
Tastings are $7 for six wines, and you get to keep the glass, a great deal, especially as we’ve noticed over the past several years in our wine tasting endeavors that prices for wine tastings seem to be steadily increasing. The tasting begins with their dry wines, including a Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. The only grape grown on the vineyard currently is Chambourcin, so many of the grapes are brought in from other wine-growing regions such as California and New York. The tasting moves from dry to semi-sweet to sweet. Our favorites, because of our preferences in dry wines, were the Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. The Chardonnay, especially, was so clear it almost had no color to it, and was light and citrusy on the pallet with a crisp finish. The merlot was also nice, lighter bodied and easy drinking for someone who does not necessarily enjoy heavier reds. Their Sweet Denise, as the person pouring pointed out, would make an excellent Sangria, and their Festivus wine (for those Seinfeld fans out there), with 3% residual sugar, would make for a great sangria also or mulled wine for the holidays.
A Budget-Friendly Day
After our tasting, we each got a glass of the Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay, and sat outside on DeJon’s patio area in lovely Adirondack chairs. There are also tables and chairs inside the barn itself if someone would prefer to be seated inside. This area also included picnic tables with umbrellas and rocking chairs, and, since food is not served on premises (this was the case the day we were there but, as we’re sure, like most wineries, there is the occasional event with local food vendors), guests are encouraged to bring picnic baskets to enjoy along with the wine. The prices of the wines are very budget-friendly, with the highest priced wine being around $20.
This winery was a great, relaxing experience, and we would recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about Maryland wines. The wine selection is versatile and includes a range of options, and we offer it has something for everyone, from dry whites to lighter bodied reds to sweet wines. One of the features we look for in a great winery, besides even the wines themselves, is friendly, knowledgeable staff that are eager to serve you and proudly showcase their wines, and this place has it for sure. We would be inclined to visit again in the future and bring snacks or a picnic lunch. Between bringing your own food, paying for a tasting and a bottle or a glass, this would be a relatively low-cost experience to enjoy in a great atmosphere.
- DeJon Vineyard is a great introduction to Maryland wines.
- The wines range from dry to semi-sweet to sweet, so there is something for everyone.
- The wines are budget-friendly, being between $10 and $20.
- The staff is very friendly and eager to please, so ask them questions, they would love to talk to you!
- Bring snacks or a picnic lunch and relax in a low-key, inviting atmosphere.
Cheers to a great fall season with some delicious wines!