Established in 1986, Basignani Winery cultivates and bottles hand-crafted red and white wines using a traditional cellar method combined with techniques perfected over many years. Like many Italian immigrants, Bertero Basignani’s grandparents brought the practice of home winemaking with them from Italy. To carry on the family tradition, he bought ten acres in 1972, married his wife two years later, and together they planted 60 vines. Today, they make 6,500 gallons of wine a year, and have received many accolades from wine critics and faithful customers as well. Bert and Lynne Basignani have named some of their favorite wines after their four children, such as the Marisa, an everyday dry red, or the Lorenzino Reserve, a rich blend of cabernet sauvignon and franc melded with fruity merlot. Wednesday through Sunday, the winery holds half-hour tastings of its creations and encourages—weather and Dionysus’s mood permitting—self-guided tours of the vineyard. A 20-minute drive north of Baltimore, the winery boasts rows of plump green and burgundy grapes hanging off vines. In spring, vibrant fuchsia petals burst from branches and delicate blush blooms droop low to the ground to provide cover for a romantic meal or microfiche exchange among visitors. • $16 for a premium wine tasting for two, with a cheese plate and take-home Riedel crystal glasses (a $32 value) • $32 for a premium wine tasting for four, with two cheese plates and take-home Riedel crystal glasses (a $64 value)
Disclaimer: Limited to 1 coupon per couple or group. Coupon is valid for first-time visitors only. Reservations are required; please call ahead. Please mention your Maryland Local Deals Coupon at time of reservation. Coupons are not valid on some holidays and weekends—ask at time of reservation. Basignani reserves the right implement black-out dates and times for some tastings. Must be 21 or older; valid ID required. Coupon must be present upon arrival for your tasting. Coupon holds no monetary value and is not redeemable for cash.