Who We Are
Locally Grown - Locally Cherished
From the beginning, we've focused on using whole, local fruits from Maryland farms to craft high quality wines and ciders.
Our first product release in March of 2011, Spencerville Red Hard Apple, earned Gold and Best in Class Hard Cider at that year’s Maryland Governor’s Cup wine competition. We’ve since produced and released more than thirty unique hard ciders and wines, which continue to win awards at state and regional competitions. In June of 2013, Great Shoals established its tasting room at Heyser’s Market on New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, MD. Our humble beginning continues to unfold with the help of family, friends, and dedicated staff, as well as with the generous support of our customers.
Local and regional farms grow the fruit that we use to make our hard cider, wines, and sparklings. We offer a wide range of products, some dry and some sweet, that showcase these familiar flavors. With over twenty wines in production, our tasting room is a great place to connect with our local farms and their produce.
Our ties to the Water
Great Shoals Winery is named after the Great Shoals Light in Princess Anne, Maryland, where the owner is from. Since moving our tasting room to the D.C. Metro area, we've maintained our connection to that part of the state, through christening our wines with nautical and aquatic terms. Additionally, the majority of our fruit is sourced from within the Chesapeake Watershed.
We believe that the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic are part of what make our state so special, and we're proud of our ties to both.
Heyser Farms is a third generation family farm and market established in 1946 on New Hampshire Avenue in the Colesville area of Montgomery County, MD. In June of 2013, The Great Shoals Winery Tasting Room started its operations at the Heyser Market. The tatsing room is now closed, but our ties remain.
The Smith farm was established in 1907 by Thomas Sterling Smith and is one of only two orchards remaining in the state of Delaware.
The Bordeleau estate is nestled along the sandy banks of the Wicomico Creek a few miles upriver from Great Shoals Winery.
Colora Orchards is a family owned and operated farm that began in 1843 by the Balderston family. The farm is now run by 5th generation Balderston family members.
Established in 1904, Baugher's Orchard is located in Carroll County. The Baugher family and their farm are part of thriving agricultural community in the rolling hills of Westminster, MD.
The Johnson family has operated Walnut Springs Farm in Cecil County for over 30 years and continues to produce an array of fruits in the gentle slopes of Elkton, MD.