Sunday, January 13, 2013

Paul Vigna in Patriot-News: Three More Wineries to Open in Maryland (MD)

Several wineries to open soon in Maryland, including Big Cork
Paul Vigna | By Paul Vigna |  
Patriot-News January 07, 2013 at 11:54 PM, updated January 08, 2013 at 12:48 AM

A new year means a few more wineries across the region will be pouring soon.

Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association, said by phone Monday that he has several wineries preparing to open in his state, including Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery in Frederick County, Old Westminster Winery and Big Cork Vineyards. The latter isn't far from newly opened Red Heifer Winery and several-year-old Knob Hall Winery.

I asked Atticks what, if any, advice his organization was giving to those planning to take the plunge. 

"We've been advising start-ups to think not just about what they're growing but how they're going to market their product, and narrowing their product line down so that they are meeting a specific market," he said. "If you have five or 10 wineries opening in one year, the question is going to be 'What's different about this one?' "

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