221A North East St
Phone: (301) 668-0311
Contact: Frederick Cellars
Frederick Cellars is located in a wonderful old brick warehouse, originally built in 1904 as the Crystal Ice House. Our winery has seen many uses over the years; still, we’re pretty confident in saying this is the first time it’s been a winery. A former building tenant—we won’t name names—says it’s haunted. Time will tell. Through a century, it’s undoubtedly seen many souls come and go. If it is haunted, we’re hoping for amiable ghosts who can appreciate a fine Cabernet.
Frederick Cellars has its vineyard in western Frederick County. We also purchase fruit from other Maryland growers. Some grape varieties don't grow well in Maryland, so we purchase juice or fruit from the regions where these varieties grow best, such as the finger lakes region or New York.
Mountain Creek Vineyards is located in Middletown, on a south-facing slope that backs up to South Mountain. This mature vineyard was originally planted in 1992 using grafted cuttings from premier Napa Valley wineries. Since that time, it has lived up to its heritage by consistently producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignons. Frederick Cellars’ Wine Master, Robert Lyon, believes the gravelly, rocky soils of Mountain Creek Vineyards and Frederick County in general gives these grapes boldness and character. In fact, the potential of this grape-growing area was recognized over 20 years ago when it was designated as the Catoctin AVA, an officially recognized American Viticultural Appellation.
Why did we choose to locate our winery in the City of Frederick? Well, our vineyard location is a little off the beaten path in a natural resource-sensitive area. Also, we like the idea of using an existing building with easy access instead of ripping up land to build a winery and roads. We hope you agree and will visit us in downtown Frederick.
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