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MASON-DIXON WINE TRAIL WELCOMES SIX NEW WINERIES

Published: 07/18/2012

 YORK, PA - The Mason-Dixon Wine Trail, a collection of family-owned wineries located within a short drive of the famous Mason-Dixon Line that separates southern Pennsylvania from northern Maryland, has announced six new winery partners. These new partners specialize in a variety of wine styles from Chardonnay to Chambourcin and use locally grown fruit to produce their assorted vintages. Ranging in age from 32 years to mere months, these six wineries provide a vast range of educational and tasting experiences. 

Logan's View Winery is located on the scenic grounds of Brown's Orchards in southern York County. It all started in 2006 when a group of local home wine makers decided to come together and make their dreams of owning a winery a reality. Together their combined vineyard expertise, farming knowledge and contracting skills have turned an idea into a great success. Enjoy one of the winery's signature blends from its Keystone Series like the Commonwealth - a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin. 

Since 1980, Mount Hope Estate & Winery in neighboring Lancaster County, Pennsylvania has been producing award-winning wines for all occasions, including a line of popular berry wines, all grown from Pennsylvania fruit. Located on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, this winery offers a variety of wines from Chardonnay to Ice Wine in seven different series. Housed in a historic 32-room Victorian Manor, Mount Hope Estate & Winery gives visitors a lesson in both Pennsylvania wine, as well as Federal and Victorian architecture. 

Founded in 2003, Harford Vineyard & Winery sits on a 20-acre farm in the middle of picturesque Harford County, Maryland. The winery caters to both the wine enthusiast and home winemaker, offering winemaking supplies and services from equipment sales to locally harvested grapes. Four categories of wine - dry white, dry red, semi-sweet and sweet- are sure to please a variety of palettes. The winery also boasts seven award-winning wines. 

DeJon Vineyards invites visitors to come and relax in the cozy renovated barn tasting room to sip and savor in a comfortable country setting. Owners Denise and John were inspired by the rich farmlands and vineyards when visiting France during their honeymoon - a trip that sparked their desire to launch a winery. During your visit, enjoy a glass of Chambourcin - a ruby red vintage with bold flavors of plum, currant, black cherry and a hint of cocoa. This full- bodied wine features a dry oaked finish with earthy undertones. 

Located in the rolling hills of Parkton, Maryland, Royal Rabbit Vineyards works to produce fruit-focused, full flavored wines grown from a variety of traditional and newly grown grapes. The vineyard offers ten different types of wine, including its Le Chatelaine - a fruity white wine that earned a silver medal at the 2011 Maryland Wine Makers Competition. 

Celebrating its 26th anniversary, Basignani Winery is proud to continue to create classically styled and produced wines using traditional 'Old World' cellar methods. Basignani offers traditional vintages such as Chardonnay and Merlot, as wells as unique blends named after their children like the 'Elena,' 'Marisa' and 'Erik's Big Zin.' 

Visitors can learn more about these new wineries and all the wineries along the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail by visiting online at www.masondixonwinetrail.com

The year-round Mason-Dixon Wine Trail is managed by the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau (YCCVB). Comprised of wineries in southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail is a wine destination filled with sprawling vineyards, boutique tasting rooms and welcoming winemakers in York County and beyond. As the official tourism promotion agency for York County, the York County CVB exists to impact economic development through all forms of visitation with visitors spending more than $753 million annually.

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