Christian W. Klay Winery & More Wineries in Maryland

One of our monthly blog posts on what to see, do, or where to eat on Deep Creek Lake and Western Maryland.

Christian W. Klay Winery wine tasting and more wineries in Maryland to visit near Deep Creek Lake

Wine tasting is such a lovely addition to any getaway, and Christian W. Klay Winery, located in the picturesque Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, is one of the oldest and largest wineries in the region. Known for its award-winning, estate-produced wines, this family-owned boutique winery offers various wines crafted from grapes suitable for cool climate conditions. The winery provides a charming setting with its 1880s-restored barn and scenic outdoor locations, making it a popular venue for weddings, events, and wine tastings.

The history of viticulture in Maryland dates back to the early colonial period. European settlers made the first attempts to cultivate grapes for wine production in the 17th century. However, it wasn’t until the 1940s that the modern wine industry began to take shape with the establishment of commercial wineries. Today, Maryland boasts over 100 wineries and vineyards, producing a diverse range of wines that reflect the state’s unique terroir. 

While the biggest attractions at Deep Creek Lake often include a bathing suit and boat, we host many guests who enjoy exploring the wineries in Maryland near McHenry. Christian W. Klay Winery is about an hour’s drive from our Deep Creek Lake hotel, but the drive itself is part of the journey, with beautiful sweeping vistas in the Allegheny Mountains, surrounded by farmlands, lush forests, and rushing waterways. After a day exploring the local wineries, you’ll love returning to our luxurious hotel on the lake. We can’t wait to host you; book your room today! 

Christian W. Klay Winery is one of the best wineries in Maryland

Visit Christian W. Klay Winery & More Wineries in Marland

The state of Maryland is divided into four wine-growing regions, also known as American Viticultural Areas (AVAs): Eastern Shore, Piedmont Plateau, Southern Plain, and Western Mountain. Half of the state’s wineries are located within the Piedmont Plateau, which also happens to surround Deep Creek Lake. 

While there might not be the longest list of wineries in Maryland near our Deep Creek Lake Hotel, it’s quality over quantity for wine tasting during your stay this summer. Here are a handful of nearby wineries to check out. 

Christian W. Klay Winery 

One of our favorite wineries in Maryland to visit, Christian W. Klay Winery, is about 45 minutes from our Deep Creek Lake hotel, but it’s well worth the scenic drive. Also, we often suggest a stop here if you’re heading back from a tour of Fallingwater. The boutique, family-owned winery is an excellent place to taste some unique varietals of these award-winning wines.

Deep Creek Lake Cellars 

Deep Creek Cellars is a notable winery near Deep Creek Lake, located in Friendsville, MD. This small, family-owned winery emphasizes sustainable farming practices and produces a range of all-natural red, white, and rosé wines. Their vineyard tours and tastings offer an intimate experience, allowing visitors to learn about the winemaking process while enjoying the beautiful rural landscape.

The Toasted Goat Winery 

This winery is located in Frostburg, Maryland. Although they grow their grapes across the border in West Virginia, all of the bottling is done at this charming restaurant and winery. You can enjoy a wine tasting at Toasted Goat Winery and then stay for lunch or dinner!

Christian W. Klay Winery is lovely, as is staying at our Deep Creek Lake Hotel, pictured here

The Best Deep Creek Lake Hotel for Summer Lodging

Lake Pointe Inn offers an ideal blend of comfort and convenience for couples seeking a memorable wine tasting adventure in Maryland. Situated on the shores of Deep Creek Lake, the inn provides a serene retreat after exploring the region’s renowned wineries. Whether you’ve spent the day sampling award-winning wines at Christian W. Klay Winery or discovering the unique flavors at local vineyards like Deep Creek Cellars, returning to the luxurious accommodations at Lake Pointe Inn ensures your evening will be just as delightful.

The inn’s Arts and Crafts-style architecture exudes charm and elegance, with each guest room thoughtfully designed to provide stunning views of the lake or gardens. Couples can enjoy the cozy ambiance of rooms equipped with private balconies and in-room Jacuzzis, perfect for unwinding together. The inn also offers an outdoor fire pit and a wrap-around porch, ideal for relaxing with a glass of wine while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Moreover, the inn’s personalized service and attention to detail make it the perfect base for your next couple’s escape. Each morning, guests are treated to a gourmet breakfast prepared by Chef Scott, setting a delightful tone for the day’s adventures. With its blend of comfort, romance, and proximity to some of Maryland’s best wineries, Lake Pointe Inn ensures that your summer getaway will be both luxurious and unforgettable. Book your lodging today! 

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