by Lynne O’Meara, Southern Maryland Restaurants

For week eleven of Restaurant Revisits, I am checking in with two of the four wineries/vineyards in Brandywine. I am happy to see these wonderful places are finding ways to operate under COVID-19 constraints. I wrote about these two earlier this year and am providing links to the original articles. In addition, I am letting you know their current status and what they are doing now. Check their Facebook pages or websites for additional information and any specials.

Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards

  • 15800 Croom Road
  • Brandywine, MD
  • 301-643-5619

Located on a beautiful farm in Brandywine, Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards offers a relaxing, comfortable place to enjoy delicious local wine. They are open on weekends and offer beautiful wines, frozen wine slushy’s, fresh sangria, and wine tasting kits. While enjoying wine, guests can bring their own light snacks and picnics, purchase local Amish cheese, salami & crackers, or get food from a local food truck (if available).

To limit the number of guests (for social distancing) they are seating guests in two-hour blocks. Between each seating, they take the time to clean and sanitize. The seating blocks are 11:30am-1:30pm, 2:00pm-4:00pm, and 4:30pm-6:30pm. Seating is on the porch, deck, and lawn. Reservations can be made at links found on their Facebook page and website.

Most Saturdays they have food trucks and live music. Check their calendar on Facebook and their website for events. Also keep an eye out for pop-up events.

I really like their wines (see my article) and am excited to hear they have just released two new wines. I need to plan a visit soon! With the addition of these new wines, they now offer a total of 16 wines. Stop in to try some of their award-winning wines!

Link to my original article – 1/28/20:

Link to the Robin Hill Facebook page:

Link to the Robin Hill website:

Janemark Winery & Vineyard

  • 15200 Baden Naylor Road
  • Brandywine, MD
  • 301-535-9126

Another beautiful place to enjoy fabulous local wine is Janemark Winery & Vineyard in Brandywine. I wrote about Janemark in March, right before the pandemic hit. It is good to see they are open and offering a wonderful experience.

The winery is open on Fridays from 4:00pm to 10:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Fridays they have live music and reservations are required (301-535-9126). They sometimes have live music on the weekends too. Weekend seating is available on a first come, first served basis or reservations can be made. In addition, they have curbside service.

Guest are welcome to bring picnics, purchase charcuterie boards, or get food from a local food truck (if available). Recent food trucks include Caney Creek Catering, New Orleans by Myra, and Calvert Crabs. Their Facebook page and website has information about music and food trucks.

A nice addition to the winery is their new production barn, which has open-air seating. See my March article for more information about the winery and their wonderful award-winning wines.

Link to my original article – 3/3/20:

Link to the Janemark Facebook page:

Link to the Janemark website:

There are another two wineries/vineyards in Brandywine:

– Romano Vineyard & Winery – They are open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. They offer great wine, music, and food trucks. Their Facebook page has information about upcoming offerings and events…

– Gemeny Winery and Vineyard – They are currently closed. Check their Facebook page for updates…

Lynne retired after 30 years of federal service with the Office of Naval Intelligence in 2015. After retirement, she was a Commercial Real Estate Agent, which is where she learned about the business side...