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Layton’s Chance Wins Gold Medal with Taylors Island Grapes

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Layton’s Chance won a gold medal for their Ridgeton Red wine earlier this month in the Maryland Governor’s Cup wine competition.  The wine is a blend of two red grapes, Chambourcin and Norton, and one white, Vidal Blanc, all grown at Ridgeton Vineyards on Taylors Island owned by Pat Neild. John “Pat” Neild Jr. has [.. Read the full article ..]

Catch Us in Edible Delmarva

Friday, September 24th, 2021

We are very honored to be featured in Edible Delmarva in the Fall 2021 issue. Read the full article here.

Honoring Tradition

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Isidore Red is named after the Patron Saint of Farming. We have always, with our wines, celebrated our farming history and heritage, and this is another way to honor that tradition. I have kept a St. Isidore medal in my pickup ever since I started farming, and I had wanted for a long time to have a [.. Read the full article ..]

Jen & William

Maryland Grower Goes Out on Top, With Wine in his Future

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

William Layton is getting some solid corn yields this season: 185-188 bushels an acre on his dryland, and 220-230 bushels on his irrigated ground. Not bad, but it’s a little bittersweet. This is the last year William is growing corn and soybeans on his nearly 2,000-acre farm just outside Vienna, Md. “It’s nice to go [.. Read the full article ..]

‘Epic’ Bottling After Largest Harvest in 10 Year History

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery Completes ‘Epic’ Bottling  After Largest Harvest in 10 Year History  Nearly 3,500 Cases Include Nine Favorites and the New “Twilight Delight Maryland”  Vienna, Md – April 30, 2020 – When Jen and William Layton, owners of Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, completed their second of three bottling series this year, [.. Read the full article ..]

Layton’s Chance: Maryland’s First & Only Craft Winery

Friday, February 28th, 2020

From the day we decided to develop a winery, Jennifer, William, Joe and Laura agreed that certain things would always be important, including that: William would be our very active vintner, overseeing everything from field to bottle. Our production would remain small so that we could bring the best wine possible to the market. We [.. Read the full article ..]

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Layton’s Chance Celebrates Harriet Tubman Day with a Donation of $4,175 to the Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

 “Freedom” Wine Sales Double in Past Six Months as Perpetual Fundraiser Gains Steam Vienna, Maryland — March 20, 2019 —Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center received the third donation from Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery’s ongoing fundraising efforts. The donation of $4,175, made in honor of Harriet Tubman Day (March 10) brought the [.. Read the full article ..]

Volunteers Needed for Bottling

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

March is always a hectic month around the winery because we are getting ready to bottle at the end of the month. All of the final checks on labels and packaging and deliveries can be a little stressful. However, when it all comes together on bottling day it is very exciting! We invite you to [.. Read the full article ..]

When to Bring Wine

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Did you miss the live debut of our “When to Bring Wine” segment on Delmarva Life? You still have time to catch Jen and Corey talking about when to bring wine to events and some tips for all of your holiday wine needs. You also get a few tips to make your gift stand out [.. Read the full article ..]

Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Receives Donation from Layton’s Chance Winery & Vineyard

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

“Freedom” Wine Helps Support Education and Outreach Vienna, Maryland – October 8, 2018 – Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, based in Vienna, Md. brought good news in the form of an oversized check and a very real donation to the Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center. The check, made out for $2,115.00, represents [.. Read the full article ..]

We made it through the rain!

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

These words sung by Barry Manilow keep running through my head! With record spring rains on Delmarva, the work on the farm and vineyard had been compressed into a small window of time! Everyone on the farm is working full speed ahead.  We are pleased to report that our grapes are doing well with no [.. Read the full article ..]


Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

 We are constantly asked in the tasting room why we cannot ship to the state of Delaware. Believe me, we would love to ship there, however, Delaware’s laws prohibit us from doing so. Although there have been bills introduced to change this, the only way they will pass is if constituents make enough noise to [.. Read the full article ..]

An easy holiday recipe to wow your guest, WITHOUT cooking!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Take it easy this holiday season with offering a wide selection nibbles for your guests without cooking! Gather cheese, nuts, meats, figs, raisins, dates, grapes, cheese straws and crackers. Line a long counter or table with holiday greenery and place small plates or small bowls on top to hold the snacks (this makes a festive [.. Read the full article ..]

The Imposter has been revealed!

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Who’s the Imposter? If you have been following us on Facebook, you have probably seen everything from people, to Bo, to a watermelon dressed up as the Impostor. Hopefully, you are asking yourself who or what the Imposter is. Well, it is…….. a wine that taste like beer!  We are constantly asked about us brewing beer for those [.. Read the full article ..]

What’s Your Wish?

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Wishing You Happy New Year! Now, What’s Your Wish? At this time of year almost everyone looks at what they have done over the past year, thinks about what they want to do in the future and makes some New Year’s resolutions. We are no different here at Layton’s Chance. We have been evaluating what [.. Read the full article ..]

Article Featured in Momentum Magazine

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Joe Layton, class of ’70, is featured in Momentum, University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Vol 13, No 2 2015.  “Joe Layton says his favorite work is driving his tractor in the fields of the family’s Lazy Day Farm. Started by his father in 1948, the farm has 1250 acres of corn, soybeans [.. Read the full article ..]

We Are Solar Powered!

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

After years of mulling over the idea and finding creative ways to fund the project, we are proud to say that we have finally installed solar panels on our facility. We have lots of roof space and we need lots of energy. 177 panels cover our roofs that have the potential to power 70% of [.. Read the full article ..]


Saturday, August 1st, 2015

As we come up on verasion (when the grapes start to mature) in the vineyard, I start to think about what kind of crop we will end up with this year.  So far, the grapes look great.  Though it was too wet for them early in the season, Greg has done a great job keeping [.. Read the full article ..]

Burning of the Vines

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

A tradition that originated in France, the Burning of the Vines marks the end of winter pruning and the start of budburst. The tradition involves collecting grapevine cuttings then burning them to ensure that any disease from the dead cuttings cannot be spread to the nude vines; a symbolism of death and rebirth by fire.  [.. Read the full article ..]

The Results are in! Layton’s Receives Two Silver Medals

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Entering the 2015 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition marked the first time Layton’s entered a competition outside of Maryland. We were interested in seeing how we would fare against broader competition.  Here are some statistic of this years competition:  Wines entered: 3,708 Countries entered: 27 States entered: All 50 Canadian Provinces entered: 6 We are happy to report William received [.. Read the full article ..]

Spring Bottling 2015!!

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Wow! This year’s bottling was intense! Our bottling in the past may have had a bump in the road or two but this year we hit some major potholes! First, we bottled more than we ever have before and that by itself is a major space issue for us. On our first day, a bearing broke [.. Read the full article ..]

Agriculture Ambassador of the Year

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Officers and Directors of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce held their 95th Annual Awards Banquet Ceremony on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Green Hill Country Club. The Chamber recognized member businesses and individuals who have made a significant impact within various areas of the Chamber business community. Winners have been nominated by peers and chosen [.. Read the full article ..]

2014 Team Member of the Year – Lamont Farrow

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

In all of this bad weather I thought I would take the time to highlight a bright light here at Layton’s. Many of you know our tasting room staff but not many get to know our unsung heroes on the farm.   When discussing the idea of doing a Team Member award for 2014 there was [.. Read the full article ..]

Pam’s Yummy Wine Snow Cream

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Want a quick snow day dessert? Make Snow Cream! Mix 8 cups of snow with 1 cup of sweetened condensed milk and a splash of vanilla. You can mix that up and eat immediately or kick it up with half a cup of red wine stirred in and then re-freeze for at least an hour [.. Read the full article ..]

Ice on the Vines!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Ice on the vines, ice on the vines, looking like winter with ice on the vines!! (sang to the tune of “Pants on the Ground”, LOL!)

Jen Layton Makes French Dip Subs on Delmarvalife!

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

French Dip Sandwich Great Recipe for cold days!! 1 Beef rump roast 2 t. Kosher salt, 1/2 t. pepper 2 t. Vegetable oil 1 cup red wine (recommended: Layton’s Chance Farm Red) 1 large onion sliced 15 oz Beef broth Dried onion soup mix 2 loaves French bread  Brown the meat in a large roasting [.. Read the full article ..]

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