Catoctin Breeze Vineyard: First Visit
|Another new winery.. The Cacoctin Breeze Vineyard, construction on one of the hillsides is where the new in-ground cellar will be, with a building on top to house a large tasting room.|
When you first pull into the parking lot of the Catoctin Breeze Vineyard.. you can immediately see this is a fairly new vineyard. The fresh gravel in the driveway, the construction equipment parked on the side of the vineyard.. I was expecting to maybe see only 3 or 4 wines. Surprisingly, there was a very nice selection.. with three different lists for wine tastings including 3 different meades (honey wine).
The current tasting room was located in a newly constructed red barn shaped building co-located with some wine making equipment and barrels. The owner had a display up showing drawings of the new underground cellar under construction.. to be build inside the hill of the vineyard. On top of the cellar, they have planned a large building to be the new tasting room. We had a hard time choosing which tasting menu to pick.. I picked one which included local cheeses. Each of the tastings include a meade. The owner let us try all three meades and I was surprised by how much they tasted like sweet white wines. Just outside the tasting room there is a covered area with tables and chairs. We had a packed a picnic with us so we took advantage of the back patio.
The wines were very good. We bought a chilled bottle of Chardonnay to have with our lunch (I believe it had won a gold medal). I can't wait to see the new tasting room and cellar once it is completed. The owner, Voytek Fizyta, indicated it should be ready for a grand opening early 2014.
Visit their website: http://www.catoctinbreeze.com
Note: While we were enjoying our Chardonnay and picnic lunch on the back patio, a bus of visitors pulled in from the Anne Arundale Community College and sat at the tables next to us. It was an educational trip to visit with the owner, who came out and provided a very detailed speech about the vineyard and his approach to wine making as well as many of the challenges he faced and lessons learned. After his speech he took the students for a walk up into the vineyards. This only made the trip that much more enjoyable!