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Sixth wine trail opens in Md.

April 28, 2013
  • Representatives from area wineries, and government and tourism agencies helped cut the ribbon April 16 on the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail during a celebration at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring.
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CLEAR SPRING — Red, white and blue ribbon was cut, and glasses of red and white wines were lifted to celebrate the official opening of the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail on April 16 at Knob Hall Winery in Clear Spring.

The Antietam Highlands Wine Trail is the sixth and newest wine trail in Maryland. It stretches across Washington and Frederick counties, touching on renowned wineries, historic sites and scenic Maryland nature.

The event was attended by representatives of the wineries on the new trail; Kevin Atticks, executive director of Maryland Wineries Association Inc.; Tom Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau; John Fieseler, executive director of the Frederick County Tourism Council; Maryland’s Chief Viticulturalist Dr. Joe Fiola; and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Rep. John Delaney and Md. Sen. Christopher Shank.

The Antietam Highlands features scenic views as South Mountain reaches to 2,140 feet above the Potomac River. The Antietam Highlands Wine Trail area also includes 10 state parks, more than 30 museums and five national parks.

Additionally, the trail travels through the Heart of the Civil War Heritage area and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.

For more information about the wine trails, go to www.marylandwine.com.

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