Local Wine is Growing in Popularity
The interest in consumer support of local agriculture is not limited to CSAs (consumer supported agriculture) and farmer’s markets. It also includes wine. That’s right. Did you know, according to Drink Local Wine that wine is produced in every state in the United States? So there is a good chance there is a winery not far from you. This may not be news if you live on the West Coast, but wineries in other parts of the U.S. are growing in number and their popularity is increasing.
Here in Maryland and within an easy drive of Metropolitan Washington, DC and Baltimore, we have an abundance of wineries all along the Mid-Atlantic. For our wedding we are sourcing as much as we can locally, so my fiance John and I recently visited one of our favorite wineries right here in Maryland: Black Ankle Vineyards. Be sure to watch our video above about our visit to Black Ankle. I not only love Black Ankle’s wine, I am in love with all the cool features of their tasting room. I encourage you to read a more detailed account of how they incorporated their own materials into the construction.
Where to Find Local Wine
To find a local winery near you, check out Catch Wine. While visiting a winery is great fun, you don’t need to travel there to enjoy their wine. Depending on your state, many local beer and wine retailers are stocking local wines as demand increases. If you can’t find what you want, ask your retailer if they can order certain wines from local wineries. It may depend on local distribution regulations but some may be willing to do this if you are buying a case or more.
When dining out and selecting wine, see if the wine list has a local wine or at least some selections from the United States. Whenever I have the option, I always select a US brand over a brand outside the United States. If there isn’t a local or U.S. brand listed, one listed, ask your server what local wines they may have. While they may not stock any yet, you’ll get them thinking. If more people request local wine, they’ll get the hint and provide it.
Why Buying Local is Important
Buying local is important for many reasons. Besides supporting your local economy purchasing anything closer to where it is made reduces transportation costs and the overall carbon footprint of the product. You can also take pride in supporting your own state’s agriculture.
Buying organic is also important. Here is a great article about the difference between sustainable and convention wine.
Below are some photos from our visit to Black Ankle Vineyards.
Photos courtesy of John Robinette.