It was a warm and muggy Friday afternoon (May 19, 2017) when my wife Cindy and I found our way to Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery (click here to see their entry in our Food & Drink Business Directory) in Calvert County. The winery is on a peninsula between St. Leonard Creek and the Patuxent River. Just to the south is the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum, State Museum of Archaeology. It has more than 65 archaeological sites documenting 9,000 years of habitation. Almost due east, across St. Leonard Creek, is the legendary Vera’s White Sands Beach Club.
When you arrive at the winery, there’s a large sign at the beginning of the driveway topped by their goose mascot, so you shouldn’t miss the turn for this place off Mackall Road. We learned that Mackall is pronounced with a long “A,” so it’s may-kull, not mahk-ull. If you’re interested in the history of the area, check out the videos and maps at: Calvert County Heritage Tours: The Mackall Road Route.
From Mackall Road, a long gravel driveway leads into the property, with vineyards to the left and right (there also appear to be some fruit trees along the right side). Thunder storms were in the offing, so the skies were starting to darken a bit as we pulled into the tree-shaded parking area.
A gem of a winery and vineyard
Straight ahead of us was a barn. The tasting room was further back, on a slight rise off to the right. Before getting to the tasting room, we stuck our heads in the barn and met one of the owners, Mark Flemming. He was preparing to do some work in the vineyards before the rains hit.
We then walked up to the tasting room. You can see from the photo above, it is in a lovely setting. In fact, the whole place is beautiful — it is a gem of a winery and vineyard. The interior is nicely appointed with a bar at one end and lots of tables and chairs scattered about, with fresh flowers on every table. The vineyards are easily seen through the windows.
Perigeaux Vineyards background
Though spelled slightly differently, the business takes its name from a town in France, called Perigueux, which uses a goose as its symbol. Flemming studied wine-making there. The winery was founded in 2001. They opened their tasting room, a converted former tenant house, in 2012.
They offer three different labels:
- Perigeaux Estate — uses Vitis vinifera grapes, the European wine and table grapes, grown in their vineyards.
- Mackall Road — organic wines low in sulfites.
- Patuxent River — made from grapes/juices brought in from outside Perigeaux, and sweet wines from their own grapes.
Perigeaux Vineyards Awards
Their wines have won a lot of awards. Many are on display behind the bar in the tasting room. They’ve won a Double Gold Award, two Gold Awards, a dozen Silver Awards, and more than 20 Bronze Awards. Click here to see the complete award listings on their website.
They offer two tasting options:
- The Patuxent Wines — you get six tastes for $6.
- The Premium wines — they offer 11 tastes for $12, including the Estate wines and the Mackall Road wines.
My wife Cindy and I shared a Premium tasting.
Following our tasting, we bought six bottles:
- Perigeaux Merlot
- Mackall Road Cabernet Sauvignon
- Patuxent River Sauvignon Blanc
- Perigeaux Cabernet Sauvignon
- Perigeaux Chardonnay
- Mackall Road Merlot
Perigeaux Vineyards on MPT
The winery was featured on Maryland Public Television’s Maryland Farm & Harvest program last year. You can view the winery segment from 4:20 through 7:50 in the recording below. ♦