Saturday, October 14, we again visited Brandywine’s Janemark Winery & Vineyard (click here to see their full listing in our Food & Drink Business Directory). This was our first time back since their grand opening March 4, 2017 (see A new winery opens: Janemark). There have been a lot of changes in their business since they first opened. Originally, the location was the owners’ (Jane and Mark Vogt) home on Bald Eagle Road, less than a mile from Romano Vineyard and Winery. You drove in the driveway through the vineyard in what was probably once their front yard.
They held their first tasting in their driveway in front of the garage, and on their front stoop. The garage doors were open, and inside you could see the fermentation vats, all full of wine. At the time, when asked about a tasting room, they answered that they were going to remodel a tobacco barn behind their house.
Now the location of their tasting “room” (a different barn and work in progress) and retail sales operation have moved two miles to the northwest. The barn stands in the middle of a big field: their Four Degrees Vineyard at 15200 Baden Naylor Road, Brandywine, Maryland 20613. You’ll see an awning set up in front of the barn doors, where they’ve set up a table to display their wines.
Janemark tasting menu
Another change is that there are a lot more wines on the menu now. If you look at the wine list shown in our first article (see A new winery opens: Janemark), there are only four types listed. As you can see in the photo of their signboard at the top of this page, you can taste just six bottles for $7, or all nine of their wines for $10. This includes:
- Vidal Blanc, $18
- Gewürztraminer, $22
- Mean Jane (semi-sweet), $20
- Rosie, $19
- Chambourcin (one of the most popular varietals in southern Maryland), $19
- Barbera (another locally popular varietal), $27
- Aviation, $28
- Rougeon (sweet), $18
- Sweet Heidi (sweet), $15
That is a huge selection for a winery so young. We tasted just six wines, as we’re not fans of sweet wines. We purchased one of their reds, Aviation, and a bottle of their Vidal Blanc. ♦