German-Style Wine Village Returning to the Inner Harbor in May

| April 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

Wine Village in Baltimore press release: 

WINE VILLAGE IN BALTIMORE SAILS INTO INNER HARBOR FOR SECOND SEASON FROM MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND TO MEMORIAL DAY

Baltimore, MD – The makers of Christmas Village will go from festive to fine (wine) with the return of Wine Village in Baltimore. The three-week festival and new springtime tradition will take over Inner Harbor’s West Shore Park from Mother’s Day Weekend to Memorial Day. For Wine Village’s second season, the Village will build upon its success of year one and expand with new wine selections, new cocktails, more shopping, arts and crafts vendors, new food selections, updated layouts and new attractions. Wine Village will bring back crowd favorites, such as wine slushies, authentic European foods, live entertainment, movie nights, a historic carousel, discounted parking and unique vibes at the Grape Escape, Picnic Point and Wine Terrace. Charm City’s newest wine festival is inspired by Germany’s traditional and casual wine events. Wine Village will be open every day and free to attend from preview day on Thursday, May 9th, Opening Day and Ribbon Cutting on Friday, May 10th, through Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2024. Wine Village in Baltimore is organized in close collaboration with Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, Visit Baltimore and the City of Baltimore. Visit www.baltimore-wine.com to get more information and connect on social media (@bmore.wine).

“We are thrilled to bring Wine Village back to Baltimore for its second year”, says Wine Village in Baltimore Project Manager Ronja Baumann. “The overwhelming response from the community during our first year was truly heartwarming, and we’re committed to making this year’s event even more enjoyable for everyone. From local and international wines to ice cold wine slushies, this is the wine festival to enjoy while celebrating spring in Baltimore. We’ve carefully curated this year’s wine and food lineup to appeal to a broader audience while retaining the beloved favorites from our debut year. As a testament to the city’s diverse talent and vibrant culture, we are happy to announce that most of our vendors are from Maryland. We can’t wait to welcome residents and visitors of all ages back to Wine Village.”

Wine Village in Baltimore will sail back into the Inner Harbor as one of the newest and most anticipated springtime festivals in the DMV. For its second year, Wine Village will return to the Inner Harbor by the Visitor Center even bigger than last year, with returning favorite food, drink, shopping vendors and entertainment, plus many, MANY new surprises for a second ‘pour.’

The event will bring dozens of wines from all around the world to Charm City – including crisp whites, full-bodied reds and rosés as well as refreshing bubbly wines from Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, and Tuscany; wines from the growing regions of California, Chile and Australia and regional wines from the Baltimore area; along with ice cold Wine Slushies topped with wine marinated fresh fruit that will surely be a good choice on hot May days.

For the perfect spring aesthetic and vibes, expect a romantic and cheerful setting at the Inner Harbor. The heart of Wine Village is the lawn area, the “Wine Terrace” with 300+ seating opportunities. A pop-up garden, complete raised garden beds, sun shading umbrellas and pergolas and lit with bistro lights and lampions at night time, will create a neat backdrop for the 40 Austrian Made picnic tables and countless lawn chairs. Additionally, the “Picnic Point” right in front of the stage and the “Grape Escape,” the event’s chill out lounge, will offer further seating options, featuring cute picnic blankets and more lawn chairs. West Shore Park’s lawn will be framed with wine and European style food booths, with the stage at the lawns south side being its anchor point.

To improve the event layout even further, the makers of Wine Village are bringing an exciting new addition to the festival. The European Wine selection will be sold out of a German made “Wein Wagon” (wine wagon), a 360-degree walk-up bar. This new focal point will sit on the park’s fountain area and be surrounded with six 12’ high life trees speckled with picturesque flora. Amber lit bistro lights will drape the ample seating area that surrounds the bar. This new addition is sure to catch all eyes!

Additionally, the food offerings will also be extended onto the Inner Harbor promenade section of Wine Village. A new sparkling wine booth along with Charm City Street Corn, offering freshly roasted corn on the cob, will bring refreshments and snacks to the water side of the event. Together with additional seating areas along the promenade, this new extension promises new ways for visitors to enjoy Wine Village.

Scheduled to return in just four weeks, Wine Village in Baltimore is poised to continue its mission of offering a vibrant springtime attraction at the Inner Harbor, further bolstering tourism in the city, and providing locals with memorable experiences.

SEASON GUIDE

1) SCHEDULE

Preview Day: Thursday, May 9, 2024
Opening Day and Ribbon Cutting: Friday, May 10, 2024
Mother’s Day at Wine Village: Sunday, May 12, 2024
Final Day: Monday, May 27, 2024 – Memorial Day
Open Seven Days a Week in 2024!

Monday to Thursday, 3:00pm – 10:00pm
Friday to Sunday, 1:00pm – 10:00pm
Mothers Day, 1:00pm – 10:00pm
Memorial Day, 1:00pm – 10:00pm

2) INSPIRATION

Wine Village in Baltimore is modeled after wine villages that pop up in villages across Germany’s wine regions starting every April and May. Wine Village takes inspiration from Germany’s authentic and casual wine traditions, while also featuring some other crowd favorites that come every holiday season from Baltimore’s Christmas Village. Embracing the mild and warm spring temperatures, Wine Village will offer a romantic and cozy setting at the Inner Harbor with a local and curated international wine selection, European fare, beautiful blossoms and flower beds, a charming historic carousel, local arts, crafts and food vendors, entertainment, stage performances, games and elite vibes.

3) ADMISSION

There is no charge to visit Wine Village in Baltimore. Food, drink and gifts are pay-as-you-go.

4) CONNECT

Keep up with Baltimore’s spring attraction by following @bmore.wine on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok. And don’t forget to share the Wine Village experience by using hashtag #bmorewine. Visit the website at www.baltimore-wine.com.

5) NEW FOR 2024

* New by Popular Demand – cocktails will debut! Harborview Libations, a brand new cocktail booth, will feature four breezy summer cocktails, including a Pina Colada, Hurricane, Classic Mojito and a Spicy Mango Margarita. Non-Drinkers can sip on a refreshing Watermelon ‘Nojito.

* Refreshing Lemonades at Luscious Lemonade Lounge: In the middle of the lawn area, visitors can choose four different freshly made non-alcoholic Lemonadas, including an original Lemonade, Limeade, Mango Lemonade and Berry Lemonade. Additionally, visitors can sip on a spiked Euro Style Red Sangria.

* New on the Menu: The Frankfurter Fusion Corn Dogs will offer hand-battered all beef Corn Dogs, dipped in crispy savory options like Doritos and Hot Cheetos and topped with delicious sauces. The Charm City Street Corn booth will feature fresh fire roasted corn on the cob with different seasonings. Visitors can replace butter with coconut oil to make it vegan.

* New Sweet Treats at the Ice Cream Corner: Cool off with soft serve Ice Cream and frozen Yogurt and add toppings of choice. Festival goers can satisfy their sweet tooth with freshly made, hand spun cotton candy – the perfect snack for Thursday Movie Nights at Wine Village.

* An exciting new addition to Wine Village: a German-made “Wein Wagon” (wine wagon) serving European wines at a 360-degree walk-up bar, nestled amidst six towering trees and adorned with picturesque flora and amber bistro lights.

* Extra seating areas have been added along the promenade. Visitors will have even more ways to savor the Wine Village experience!

6) WHAT TO EXPECT

* West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor will transform into a Wine Paradise with 600+ seats, for visitors to indulge in European delicacies and wines. Focalpoint of the festivities will be the Wine Terrace on the park’s lawn area, complete with a pop-up garden with flower beds, and family friendly German style picnic tables. The Picnic Point, located right in front of the stage, will invite visitors to enjoy weekly movie nights and live performances up close. Finally, the Grape Escape with its comfy lawn chairs will offer visitors a place to experience Wine Village in a relaxed atmosphere away from the crowds.

* A total of four booths will offer wines from all over the world. The European Wines Château in the Wein Wagon will feature varietals from Europe, which are the staple of traditional wine-making methods. With vineyards that date back multiple centuries, here you will find the selections which are balanced with earthen tones from these mature century grapes. The New World Wines Bungalow will showcase wines from California, Chile, Argentina and Australia. The Maryland Wines Manor will be home to our Charm City Maryland offers with wines from Maryland’s largest winemaker, Boordy Vineyards. By popular demand, we added a fourth wine booth, the Sparkling Soiree. Expect fuzzy and bubbly drinks, Proseccos, sparkling Rosés and for the first time, Champagne.

* Visitors will have the opportunity to take home their favorite wines by purchasing them by the bottle at each wine booth, ensuring that the flavors of Wine Village can be enjoyed long after the event concludes.

* The crowd favorite return: Eiskeller (German for cold room) that features the TikTok viral Wine Slushies. It was so popular that it was upgraded to four slushies now, one of them being non-alcoholic.

*A full stage program including live entertainment on weekdays and weekends, Open Air Movie Nights on Thursdays, performances by local theater companies, and more.

7) HISTORIC CAROUSEL

The historic European-style Wine Village Carousel is one of the beloved attractions of the event. It invites young and old to go for a ride on its horses. The carousel is located between the left side of the stage and the harbor. It utilizes the whole footprint of West Shore Park and complements the events layout together with the food court around the Wine Terrace. To keep everybody safe, we ask that kids under 42” are accompanied by a responsible, paying adult. Visitors can enjoy a ride during the regular hours of Wine Village.

8) CORNHOLE AND GAMES

The popular lawn game can now be played at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Bring the entire crew for a round of cornhole for a fun way to pass the evening after work. More fun outdoor games can be played on-site and are available to be played, such as Jenga, card games, board games and much more.

9) RIBBON CUTTING
Friday, May 10th, 3:00pm

The public is invited to celebrate the official second year and opening of Wine Village in Baltimore. The ceremony includes speeches by the CEO of Wine Village, Thomas Bauer and more special guests. Visitors shouldn’t miss the chance to get an early impression of what Wine Village has to offer for the upcoming season. More details on the opening ceremony will be shared in early May.

10) MOTHER’S DAY
Sunday, May 12th

Bring mom or dad out to the Inner Harbor and celebrate Mother’s Day at Wine Village. Be sure to be one of the first to get a glass of wine and surprise mom or dad with a rose. Treat them to a special date and enjoy freshly grilled Corn on the cob, fries, freshly grilled Bratwurst and many other comfort foods to spoil mom or dad while listening to live music.

11) MOVIE NIGHTS

Families, friends, and couples can gather for a movie night right at the Inner Harbor on Thursday nights during Wine Village – for FREE. Save the date for every Thursday from 8pm – 10pm on the following dates:

Thursday, May 9th: 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Thursday, May 16th: 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Thursday, May 23rd: 8:30pm – 10:00pm

12) LIVE MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES

Enjoy live music, comedians, bands, fun children activities on our stage. Performances take place Tuesdays through Sundays. Expect kids entertainments from Fridays through Sundays, such as Balloon Twisters on stilts, face painters, caricature painters, interactive stage teachings and much more.

Confirmed Performances and Events:

* Sunday, May 12th @3:00pm: Steve Hung
* Saturday, May 18th @1:00pm: Dog Adoption with The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS)
* Sunday, May 19th @3:00pm: Steve Hung
* Friday, May 24th @7:00pm: Kelly Bell Band
* Sunday, May 26th @5:00pm: Dark Matter Trio

A full event list with all performers will be out in late April.

13) WINES

Inspired from Germany’s traditional and casual wine traditions, look for over two dozen wines from around the world at Wine Village in Baltimore. One kid- or driver-friendly and non-alcoholic  Slushy will be served this year, along with a wide selection of freshly made kid-friendly Lemonades and a new cocktail booth which includes a refreshing mocktail.

13A) European Wines Château

The European Wines Château booth features six different wines from Europe’s wine growing regions.

* House Red: Bauer Haus “Sweet Red” Dornfelder – Rheinhessen, Germany
* Premium Red: Pasqua Passimento Baby Amarone 2020 – Veneto, Italy
* House White: Janela Branca Vinho Verde 2022 – D.O.C. Northwest, Portugal
* Premium White: St. Christopher Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Auslese 2021 – Mosel, Germany
* Rose: 11 Minutes Rosé Trevenezie IGT 2022 – Italy
* Sparkling: Zuccotti Prosecco Frizzante Spago – Champagne, Italy

13B) New World Wines Bungalow

The New World Wines Bungalow booth features six different wines from California’s, South America’s and Australia’s wine growing region.

* House Red: Casa Natal Private Select Malbec 2014 – Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina
* Premium Red: Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz 2021 – Victoria, Australia
* House White: Sierra Batuco Sauvignon Blanc 2021 – Central Valley, Chile
* Premium White: ONX Wines Field Day White Blend 2021 – Paso Robles, California
* Rose: Bodega Renacer Punto Final Rose 2022 – Mendoza, Argentina
* Sparkling: Scotto Family Cellars Brut Sparkling – California

13C) Maryland Wines Manor

The Maryland Wines Manor features six different wines from Maryland’s first winery, Boordy Vineyards:

* House Red: Jazzberry – Boordy Vineyards, MD
* Premium Red: Terra Maria – Boordy Vineyards, MD
* House White: Tango Peach Moscato – Boordy Vineyards, MD
* Premium White: Chardonnay – Boordy Vineyards, MD
* Rose: Boordy Blush – Boordy Vineyards, MD
* Sparkling: Spritz – Boordy Vineyards, MD

13D) Sparkling Soiree

The Sparkling Soiree booth features two Proseccos, two Sparkling Rosés, one Champagne and one German Sparkler.

* House Prosecco: Blu Prosecco DOC Millesimato Extra Dry – Veneto, Italy
* Premium Prosecco: Tuscan Prime Prosecco DOC Brut – Tuscany, Italy
* House Sparkling Rosé: Castillo Rocio NV Gran Brut Rosé Sparkling – Catalonia, Spain
* Premium Sparkling Rosé: Pasqua Romeo & Juilet DOC Prosecco Rose Spumante Extra – Champagne, Italy
* House Champagne: Monmousseau Etoile – Champagne, France
* German Sparkler: Schloss Koblenz Weisslack Trocken Sekt Sparkling – Germany

13E) Eiskeller

The Eiskeller (German for cold room) is a special highlight at Wine Village and a crowd favorite. Ice cold Wine Slushies topped with wine infused fresh fruit are a perfect refreshment on hot May days.

Patrons can build their own ice cold slush and choose to add wine infused fruits or an extra shot of Malibu Rum, Vodka or Tequila.

*Tropical Twist Slush
*Orange Crush Slush
*Frosé Slush

Non-Alcoholic
*Berry Blast Slush

14) NON WINE ALTERNATIVES

For those who prefer beer or cocktails, a selection of refreshing cold Hofbräu beers on draft and mixed drinks provides the perfect way to beat the heat in May. And for non-alcoholic options, luscious lemonades and a Mocktail offer a deliciously refreshing alternative.

15) HARBORVIEW LIBATIONS

For non-wine drinkers, patrons can choose from a variety of four alcoholic and one non-alcoholic summer cocktails at the new cocktail booth.

Pick from breezy summer cocktails:

*Pina Colada
*Hurricane
*Classic Mojito
*Spicy Mango Margarita

Get a refreshing Mocktail:
*Watermelon ‘Nojito

16) LUSCIOUS LEMONADE LOUNGE

Enjoy a cup of fresh made kid-friendly Lemonade to cool off. Make it boozy with an added shot of liquor to each lemonade.

*Original lemonade
*Limeade
*Mango Lemonade
*Berry Lemonade

Sangria fans can look forward to a Euro style sangria with lemon, lime and orange slices.
*Red Sangria

17) BEER

Indulge in the rich and authentic flavors of Bavaria with an exquisite selection of Hofbräu Beers, directly imported from the heart of Munich! These world-renowned brews embody centuries of brewing tradition, offering a taste of Germany’s finest. THe lineup includes a variety of classics, each crafted with precision and passion. To complement the beers on draft, bite into freshly baked German pretzels and choose a Mustard or Cheddar Cheese Dip.

* Hofbräu Original
* Hofbräu Dunkel
* Hofbräu Hefeweizen
* Hofbräu Märzen
* Hofbräu Session Lager

18) FOOD

Confirmed Food and drink vendors with summarized menus:

* German Grill – Serving German Bratwurst (traditional, spicy or smoked) or Pizza Leberkäse (German style meatloaf with cheese and pepperoni) on a roll
* Belgian Fries Huis – Double fried, fresh cut thick fries, topped with Mayo or Ketchup, or shredded Cheddar Cheese or shredded bacon and Cheddar cheese. Don’t forget to ask for our house-made deluxe dips: Herbed Garlic Mayo, Sriracha Mayo, Old Bay Mayo
* Frankfurter Fusion Corn Dogs – 100% Frankfurter Beef Hot Dog, dipped in homemade corn batter and fried to perfection, featuring a variety of options including the Original, Cheesy, Vegetarian-friendly Doritos Cheese Lovers and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Corn Dogs. This is complemented by a choice of two drizzles and a selection of dipping sauces to tantalize one’s taste buds.
* Ice Cream Corner – Customize treats with a choice of vanilla soft serve Ice Cream or Frozen Yoghurt in a cone or as a sundae, adorned with a variety of toppings, including Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites, Rainbow Sprinkles, Boba Bubbles and a variety of sauces such as caramel, fudge and strawberry. Visitors can enjoy refreshing cold brew coffee, freshly hand-spun cotton candy – a perfect Movie Night snack.
* Charm City Street Corn – Savor the smoky flavors of freshly fire-roasted corn paired with a variety of savory seasonings and toppings. Replace butter with coconut oil to make it vegan.
* Hofbräu Beers – Beers imported directly from Munich! The Hofbräu Original, Dunkel (dark), Hefeweizen (wheat) and Märzen on draft.
* JD’S House of Bacon – Cured, smoked and cooked bacon strips and crumble
* Cynful Bliss – Alcohol-infused desserts
* Deddle’s – A variety of made to order mini donuts made with donut robot
* crepe. – Sweet and savory crepes served hot, vegetables and fruits are fresh. Ham & cheese and dulce de leche
* Enchanted Cakes and Treats –  Cupcakes, cookies, brownies, cake pops and more delicious treats
* Twin Valley Distillers – Handcrafted bourbons, whiskeys, and rums.
* Zero Degrees Freeze-Dried Candy – Freeze-dried candy from caramel M&M’s, jolly ranchers, skittles, starlight mints, gummies, taffy, and more

19) SHOPPING

Wine Village in Baltimore consists of more than 30 wooden outdoor booths alongside the Inner Harbor promenade and at West Shore Park. Festival goers will experience a wide variety of local and international unique craft vendors that cannot be found elsewhere. Find an up-to-date vendor list on the Wine Village website under “Vendors”.

For a sneak peek of vendors, see the list below:

* Art by Barton
* Brooklyn Dutch
* Cane Collective
* Collective Curiosities
* Diamante Jewels LLC
* Fairy Greens
* Game Puzzles
* Good Boy Biscuits and Bones
* Lucky Bat Paper Co.
* Magnolia and Ivy Boutique
* Native Influence
* Wildry

20) PARKING RECOMMENDATIONS

Parking in the heart of Baltimore is exhausting and usually expensive. This is why Wine Village teamed up with the Harbor Court Garage (30 East Lee Street, Baltimore MD 21202) to offer all day parking for just $15 per day. The offer is valid every day Wine Village is open – including weekends and holidays. Check the “Directions & Parking” section of the website for more details – www.baltimore-christmas.com! Discounted parking stickers are available at the Carousel!

Photos courtesy of Wine Village in Baltimore

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