Harford Vines & Spirits:
Locally Grown, Locally Distilled
by debbie umbarger, hh editor
Our exploration of the Harford County Libation Trail continues! The last edition of Harford’s Heart Magazine highlighted the talents of our six local craft brewers. Now, we will blaze the remainder of the trail with a visit to our three unique wineries and first spirits-only distillery.
Located in some of the most picturesque and charming parts of the county, a day trip to one of Harford’s vineyards will satisfy the senses. Each winery boasts a tasting room and outdoor seating areas, offering a plethora of palette-pleasing varietals and blends.
Our trip starts in the town of Havre de Grace. Mount Felix Vineyard and Winery sits at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay. With an overlook of stunning water views, the property is home to the historic Mount Felix Manor, constructed in the 1830s by local entrepreneur and successful canner, John Mitchell. A western traverse across the county will bring you to Harford Vineyard and Winery in Forest Hill. Situated in a relaxed, quaint atmosphere, one can find themselves enjoying a barre or yoga class before a glass of wine. Harford Vineyard also has a free wine club providing another way to enjoy their wines. Finally, head north to find a unique winery that offers multiple libation options. Fiore Winery and Distillery overlooks the serene Graceton Valley in Pylesville. Decades of winemaking experience is part of Fiore’s history, and more recently, the Fiore family added a distillery to the grounds to expand the portfolio of adult beverages offered.
Our final stop on the Libation Trail takes us to the White Tiger Distillery in Forest Hill. Opened in 2013, White Tiger is proud to blend a secret family recipe, handed down through three generations of the Ounnarath family from Laos. Be sure to check the website for location and hours of operation as the distillery is not always open to the public. White Tiger products are available for purchase at many local retailers.