Elk Run Vineyards is nestled in the rolling hills of Frederick County surrounded by dairy and horse farms and fields of wheat and corn. The name “Elk Run” was chosen for a stream. The deed name to the property is the “Resurvey of Cold Friday.” It was a land grant from the King of England to Lord Baltimore. The winemaker’s home is circa 1756.
Since 1983 Fred and Carol Wilson and Neill Bassford, along with associates, family and friends, have made Elk Run a shining star among American wine producers. Using new world research and technology while maintaining the traditions and values of old world practices, Elk Run’s focus is on producing high quality wine from high quality grapes. Soils of schist and shale allow for deep roots and good drainage. Seven to eight hundred foot elevations help keep the vineyard safe from frost danger. Warm days and cool nights preserve the fruity character in the wines.Practicing sustainable agriculture, close spacing and great attention to crop levels allow the wine maker to create wines of varietal character, structure, balance and good color.
My girlfriends and I really enjoyed Elk Run! I found a Groupon which prompted me to try this vineyard as it’s a little further away from me than other options and I’m so glad I did!
I love the smaller size of this vineyard – it’s more intimate and relaxing. For awhile, my girlfriends and I were the only people there so we could truly enjoy our conversation and company without distraction. The views are amazing and the employees are very kind and helpful. Plus, there was the bonus of the dogs to pet!!
We came here after buying a few bottles from a local farmer’s market. We have yet to find a wine here we didn’t thoroughly enjoy. The location is a little smaller, but the outdoor area is really nice to relax in, though there aren’t heaters or anything so make sure to bundle up or go in warmer months if you plan to enjoy your wine outside. The tasting room is cozy and reminds me of a log cabin. There are even two resident dogs that are incredibly friendly!
Click on Tasting Opportunities below for details of activities at the winery. We require reservations for groups of 8 or more. If you are arriving by Limousine or bus we require you as well as the Limousine Company to notify us in advance.