While the luck of the Irish is celebrated only on March 17, the magic of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail is celebrated all month long. And by “magic” I mean the wine featured on the trail’s Tour de Tanks event, which includes tank and barrel tastings from 26 wineries.
This is the best way to spend my weekends in March if I ever heard one! A flat $25 ticket gets you in the wineries’ cellar doors as many times as you like. That includes winery tours and tastings, light snacks and a wine glass that’s yours to keep. (By now I’m growing a collection of these!) Your ticket also gets you a 10 percent discount on wine purchases, so stock up while you’re there. How’s that for saving some green?
For those looking to honor the Irish while wining, there are a few options for you on the trail. At The Vineyard at Hershey, “Magical Mike” will be making an appearance in his lucky green suit. Trust me, it’s a sight to see. Green wine slushies will be on tap and there will be hidden golden event tickets for St. Patrick's Day. Oooh! Also, The Vineyard at Grandview will offer a green version of its signature rock candy spritzers for St. Patrick’s Day.
Use this handy interactive trail map to pick a route to these wineries and the full list below. My wino friends and I like to carpool, which makes touring the trail exponentially more fun. And at the end of the month, we often revisit our favorite wineries. Hey, it’s allowed! Where will you begin your Tour de Tanks?
- Adams County Winery, 251 Peach Tree Road, Orrtanna
- Detour Winery, 7933 Forest & Stream Club Road, Detour, Md.
- Hauser Estate Winery, 410 Cashtown Road, Biglerville
- High Rock Winery, 7982 High Rock Road W., Hanover
- Reid's Orchard & Winery, 2135 Buchanan Valley Road, Orrtanna
Get Merry in Maryland
- Basignani Winery, 15722 Falls Road, Sparks, Md.
- Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, Md.
- DeJon Vineyard, 5300 Hydes Road, Hydes, Md.
- Fiore Winery, 3026 Whiteford Road, Pylesville, Md.
- Harford Vineyard & Winery, 1311 W. Jarrettsville Road, Forest Hill, Md.
- Royal Rabbit Vineyards, 1090 Jordan Sawmill Road, Parkton, Md.
Pop a Cork in York
- Allegro Winery, 3475 Sechrist Road, Brogue
- Four Springs Winery, 50 Main St., Seven Valleys
- Hummingbird Ridge Winery, 735 Kise Mill Road, York Haven
- Logan's View Winery, 8892 Susquehanna Trail S., Loganville
- Moon Dancer Vineyard & Winery, 1282 Klines Run Road, Wrightsville
- Naylor Wine Cellars, 4069 Vineyard Road, Stewartstown
- Old Republic Distillery Inc., 47 Cherry St., Seven Valleys
- Seven Valleys Vineyard & Winery, 885 Georges Court, Glen Rock
Capitalize on Capital Wines
- Buddy Boy Winery and Vineyards, 111 Barnett Drive, Duncannon
- Cullari Vineyards & Winery, 1251 E. Chocolate Ave., Hershey
- The Vineyard at Hershey, 598 Schoolhouse Road, Middletown
- West Hanover Winery, 7646 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg
Liquid Love in Lancaster
- Mount Hope Estate and Winery, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim
- Tamanend Winery, 759 Flory Mill Road, Lancaster
- The Vineyard at Grandview, 1489 Grandview Road, Mount Joy