Best Local Winery
Black Ankle Vineyards
Published: September 22, 2010
14463 Black Ankle Road, Mount Airy, 21771, (301) 829-3338, blackankle.com
Black Ankle Vineyards has shown remarkable success in a very short time. It won the 2008 and 2009 Maryland Governor’s Cup with subsequent vintages (2006, 2007) of its Crumbling Rock, a red blend featuring Cabernet Franc, Cab Sauv, and a smattering of other red varietals, and placed two gold medal winners, the 2008 Crumbling Rock (a red blend) and 2008 Rolling Hills (a Merlot-based blend), in the 2010 competition. Its lush but elegant reds and crisp, aromatic whites confirm Black Ankle Vineyards’ place as the pacesetter in Maryland wineries. Although Ed Boyce and Sarah O’Herron, Black Ankle’s founders, look to France for inspiration, their work in Mount Airy reflects the growing skill and promise of what winemaking in Maryland can be.