160 MAY/JUNE 2019 | BETHESDAMAGAZINE.COM
ROCKLANDS FARM WINERY
Rocklands Farm Winery in Poolesville bears visiting over and over. What started as
hobby winemaking in 2005 has grown into a symbiotic farm, vineyard and production facility. It is
great to see so many family members and friends
focusing on their “Feed. Nourish. Engage.” mantra
and producing excellent products across the board.
Dr. Greg Glenn Sr. purchased the 34-acre farm
in 2003 to escape the urban sprawl of Bethesda,
and soon planted his first grapes. In 2010, Greg
Glenn Jr. took over with fellow Virginia Tech
graduate Shawn Eubank and started to evolve
Rocklands Farm Winery into the enterprise it is
today. Vegetable crops gave way to animals and
more grape vines when winemaker TJ Fleming
came on board.
;e tasting room, in the basement of a converted barn, is rustic and appointed with the same
bare wood that dominates many tasting rooms.
Director of Operations Sara Siegel, the guide for
our tasting, knows everything about the farm and
the players. Rocklands Farm Winery still relies
heavily on the ubiquitous American appellation,
meaning it sources its grapes from assorted areas
of the U.S. I would hope its commitment to local
will lead it to segue into more Maryland and even
more Montgomery County appellations.
HIGHLIGHTS: ;e whites are crisp and clean, with a
lovely Monocacy featuring a seyval blanc-valvin
muscat blend that’s juicy and ripe without being
overly sweet. ;e skillfully blended White Oak is
a bright wine, with the chardonnay, gruner veltliner and chardonel combining to o;er scents of
fresh orange blossom on the nose. And the Honey
Blossom vidal blanc bursts with fresh fruit and is
delightful on the palate. Reds were consistently
good, as well; the ever popular chambourcin is
clean and light without the mustiness that is so
common elsewhere. ;e Montevideo blend is
constructed with tasty cherry notes and a touch
of pepper at the end.
PRICES: Tastings are $14; bottles range from $22
FOOD: Local charcuterie and cheese and crackers
are available; food trucks are on-site on Fridays,
Saturdays and Sundays.
EXTRAS: Live music on Friday evenings; special dinners on occasion in the winery.
14531 Montevideo Road, Poolesville; 301-825-8075;