Wine is one of the most universal beverages there is. It is the nectar of the Gods. Grapes and vineyards are grown in many different countries around the world, and just about every state in the United States grows some kind of grapes for wine. There are the big mass producing wineries that we have all heard of. There are medium size wineries, that are also fairly well known. And then there are the small, boutique wineries that produce less than 10,000 cases of wine per year. Often times, these smaller, boutique wineries are hidden treasures that are just waiting to be discovered.
While we were in Maryland, we were looking for things to do when we discovered one of these rare gems. It was a small, family owned and operated boutique winery in Havre de Grace. Our fabulous discovery was the Mount Felix Vineyard & Winery, owned and operated by the Ianniello family. We were cared for very well by both Peter and his daughter Martine. Mount Felix’s motto is “Wind, Water & Wine …enjoy the view one sip at a time!” How true that is too. Mount Felix is located on 20 acres of rolling hills, filled with vineyards of different grapes. It overlooks the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. The winery was an old farm house built in the 1880’s, and the Ianniello family lives right there in the house. Mount Felix produces about 5000 cases per year. They produce wines to satisfy all palettes, whether they lean to the sweeter side of wine or the dryer side. I prefer dryer wines to sweeter wines, and the selections they offered for the dry flight were all delicious. They offered everything from a chardonnay to a full bodied red, as well as a nice, soothing and relaxing port. If you like sweeter wines, they have a great flight for those as well, with some interesting infusions of different fruits, from blueberry to cherry to pumpkin. The pumpkin wine would be delicious served as a mulled wine for the Holidays, especially Thanksgiving.
Peter and Martine, with me in the middle, and a bottle of their Christilan Arias port, which was delicious by the way. The Ianniello family is a very generous family and support a lot of charities. We are holding the cookbook, Cooking With the Pros, by David Ortiz, formerly from the Boston Red Sox, and his famous athlete friends. The proceeds of this cookbook go towards the David Ortiz Children’s Fund. This fabulous book was a gift to me from Peter and Mount Felix. I will definitely be cooking up a lot of these fabulous recipes, and of course, I will share them will all of you once I do.
Now that’s a wine glass!
Many thanks to Peter, Martine and Mount Felix Vineyard & Winery. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with you.
Next time you are in visiting the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay area, definitely pop in to Mount Felix for a delicious glass or two of wine and take in the sights of their beautiful winery. The address is 2000 Level Road, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. You can find them on Facebook: Mount Felix Vineyard & Winery; Instagram @MountFelix or Twitter@MountFelix.