Repurposing the former State Highway Administration buildings, the SMWGC entered into a lease agreement with the Town of Leonardtown in 2009 to operate the Port of Leonardtown Winery making it the first commercial winery in St. Mary’s County. The tasting room opened in May 2010 as a promotional outlet for our locally grown grapes and locally produced wine. Currently we have 12 cooperative vineyards from St Mary’s, Calvert, Charles, and Kent counties. Our winemaker, Patrick Isles, has established the high standards for our award winning wines. Our selection of fine wines continues to grow as we add new selections to our already outstanding list of wines. Since opening in 2010, we have won over 150 awards including multiple Best in Class awards & many international medals.
The mission of the Southern Maryland Wine Growers Cooperative is to promote the wine industry in Southern Maryland while producing a good economic return to investors and members. We will work to keep Southern Maryland farmers farming, preserve the region’s land, environment, and rural way of life, while making a positive contribution to the regional economy, and sharing our passion for grape growing and wine making by producing quality wines at reasonable prices.