Tasting Room

Walking into our state-of-the-art, tasting room is like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure experience. Go up the winding drive and through the glass entryway. You’ll be transported to another world.

General Information

General Information

  • Hours: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Friday, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. We are closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Wine, grab-and-go food, and merchandise are available to purchase. We also offer shipping and curbside pick-up.
  • We will only accommodate groups of up to 4 inside our Tasting Room, and groups of up to 6 on our porches during the spring and summer season.

      Tasting Room

      • We currently only offer wine tastings by appointment on Fridays at 12:00pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm, Thursdays and Mondays at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm,  and 3:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. We will only allow 10 guests per tasting time. You can schedule a wine tasting here.
      • Please check in with our greeter upon arrival for details and availability in our outdoor seating areas. Seating is limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.
      • Seating in our tasting room is limited. Groups of no more than 4 per table will be accepted. This includes children.

      Private Wine Tastings

      • We offer more private and intimate tasting experiences for groups within our stunning Production Room. Each guided tasting will include six award-winning wines and a complete background of Big Cork Vineyards from a knowledgeable wine associate. The cost is $24/person.
      • Private wine tastings are available for a minimum of 6 guests, or up to 15 guests maximum.
      • Private wine tastings will be available on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm by reservation. Please contact Hospitality Manager, Tanya Kloos, at tkloos@bigcorkvineyards.com to book yours today.

      Outdoor Areas

      • Tables and chairs are spaced outside for social distancing. Please do not move the furniture. Seating on the porches and patios is for groups of no more than 6 per table.

      BIG Wine Experience 

      • Our BIG Wine Experience will be available by appointment only. This special seated tasting includes six different wines that are a combination of our special release and library wines, and barrel tastings. It also includes a tour of our property and special cheese pairing to complement the wine that has been hand-selected for you. This makes the perfect gift! The cost is $77/person and includes a gratuity for your wine server. We are accepting groups of up to 6, with a 4 person minimum booking requirement. Please email tkloos@bigcorkvineyards.com for more information.

      Sanitation

      • We are committed to sanitizing all customer contact areas throughout the day to provide a safe and clean environment. Our staff will be wearing facemasks to serve you. Guests must wear a facemask when entering the Tasting Room.
      • A sanitizing station is located inside of the front door, and handwashing is available in our restrooms.
      • Outdoor seating areas will be sanitized between guests.
      • The entire tasting room will be sanitized nightly using ozone technology.
      • We encourage payment via credit card. We will clean all POS equipment after each customer.
      • If you have experienced symptoms related to COVID-19 or have had exposure to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please refrain from visiting.

          Outdoor Areas

          • Tables and chairs are spaced outside for social distancing. Please do not move the furniture. Seating on the porches and patios is for groups of no more than 6 per table.
          • Lawn seating is available for groups of 6 or more. Please bring blankets and chairs as needed for seating in the grass.

            Private event rentals details

            • We offer event space rental for groups during our peak season from April – October. Please call 301-302-8032 or email Meagan Grove, Events Manager, at mgrove@bigcorkvineyards.com for more information.

            Group information details

            • We request that you do not move our furniture or tables.
            • Only event rentals may bring in balloons or decorations, as noted in their contract.
            • Groups of 7 or more are asked to sit in our grassy area. Pop-up tents, blankets, and chairs are all permitted in this space.
            • Each socially distanced square can only accommodate 6 guests on our lawn. If your group is larger than 6, you must split up between squares in the lawn accordingly.
            • Please contact us in advance if you plan to bring more than 12 guests so we are able to provide the best guest experience possible.
            • Groups of 19 or more will not be accepted without a reservation. Please contact mgrove@bigcorkvineyards.com for more information. 

            Children

            • We’re BIG on kids and family, however, we do require that all children remain within an arm’s reach of their guardians while visiting our property.
            • Children’s parties are not permitted at Big Cork Vineyards.

            Decorations

            • Decorations are not permitted unless renting space for an event.
            • This includes balloons, tents, floral arrangements, glitter, streamers, banners, etc.

            BIG no-nos

            We hate saying no, but these are our BIG rules so that we can ensure all of our guests enjoy their time at our vineyard.

            • No grilling is permitted.
            • No outside music, including radios and musical instruments.
            • Hired transportation must call in advance.

            Outside Alcohol Policy

            When visiting Big Cork Vineyards, please note the only alcohol that is permitted on our property is Big Cork Vineyards wine. This is Maryland law. Please do not bring any other alcohol including but not limited to previously purchased Big Cork Vineyards wine, wine from another vineyard, beer, hard alcohol, champagne or wine coolers. Failure to abide by these laws subjects us to hefty fines and a loss of our license. Violators will be asked to leave the property immediately.

            Frequently Asked Questions

            How much does your tasting cost?

            Our tastings are $15/person and include six tastes of wine.

            May I choose my own wine for the tasting?

            No. We pick the best wines for you and combine them in the best order so you have a BIG experience.

            What style of wines do you offer?

            We have a variety of styles for all tastes. The majority of our wines fall in the dry category, along with a few semi-dry wines.

            Do I need to make a reservation for a wine tasting?

            Yes, you can make them through our event calendar.

            Are children and pets welcome?

            Yes we love kids and dogs. We ask that children be supervised and that your four-legged friends remain on a leash and remain outside on our patio or grassy areas.

            I don’t drink wine; may I bring beer or alcohol to your venue?

            That’s a BIG no-no. We do not permit outside alcohol.

            Do you offer any food onsite?

            We have a robust Grab-and-Go Food Market with all types of cheeses, fresh-baked bread, crackers, charcuterie and other goodies.

            May I bring food with me?

            You are welcome to pack a picnic and enjoy it anywhere on the property except the Tasting Room Bar.

            What days are you offering tastings?

            Fridays, Saturday, and Sunday by appointment only.

            Are you offering tours?

            We will resume tours in the spring.

            Do we need to provide our own glassware for wine tastings?

            No. We've got your covered.

            Are you family friendly?

            Children are welcome at our vineyard. However, we are a working farm with inherent dangers. We ask that children remain under their parent's supervision at all times.

            May I bring my group of twenty-five to celebrate a birthday?

            Groups are required to rent space. Please call 301-302-8032 to discuss.

            Tasting Room Photo Gallery

            Want to see more pictures of our Tasting Room? Enjoy this photo gallery featuring a few of our favorite BIG memories.

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