I don't think anyone can fully prepare you for the first few months of parenthood. The sleep deprivation, the diapers, the late night feedings, the sleep deprivation; it's all really overwhelming. So when I was offered the opportunity to attend a wine tour with Vino301 my response was an ecstatic "Yes!" I couldn't wait. A day away from the kid to relax with hubby. Sorry kid, momma needs a break.
Our journey began when we met our driver Terry and our guide Larry (Or was that our driver Larry and our guide Terry) at one of two pickup locations. The two were extremely helpful and more than happy to guide us on our journey into Maryland wine country. We were provided with complimentary Vino301 stemless wine glasses, a wine tote bag, water, and snacks.
When booking your Maryland regional wine tour, you have the option of four different regions: Chesapeake, Westminster, Patapsco Valley, or Heritage. Each tour features two vineyards with the option of adding a third vineyard at an additional charge. As the date of your tour approaches, you receive a notification as to which vineyards you will be touring that day. (The company also offers Chocolate and Wine tours, Bachelorette/Girls Night Out, and Custom Tasting Tours).
My husband and I chose the Patapsco tour. The wineries we visited were Basignani, Boordy, and (added later) Dejon. At each stop, we were able to taste a select number of wines with the option to purchase. Needless to say by the time we reached our final vineyard we were feeling pretty good.
Basignani is a quaint vineyard with a family atmosphere. Here we tasted our choice of 6 different wines. Including the local favorite Monkton Moon Delight, a "sweet blush wine made from mostly Seyval grapes with some of our Charmbourcin added for color." Basignani also features an outdoor seating area where brick oven pizza is available for purchase.