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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


 “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 total amount donated by the winery to more than $11,000 in the last two years.

“Layton’s Chance is one of the first corporate sponsors to join us at the center, and we are grateful for their ongoing commitment of support through the sale of ‘Freedom’ wine,” said Dana Paterra, Park Manager of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center. “Their partnership helps us continue to expand our programs and support our mission.”

Layton’s launched Freedom wine in 2017. It is a romantic and refreshing blend of Catawba and Chambourcin grapes, with a berry essence and a sweet finish, and has become a favorite of visitors to the winery. With each bottle purchased, five dollars is donated to the Visitor Center. This month’s donation, which is nearly double the previous one, represents the proceeds from the sale of 835 bottles in just six months, an average of about 140 bottles per month.

“We are thrilled that guests have embraced Freedom and the partnership behind it,” said Jennifer Layton, CEO of Layton’s Chance. “Dorchester County is rich in history and tradition, including winemaking, and Freedom reminds people to come and enjoy all we have to offer.”

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is both a welcome center and history museum located on the grounds of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Church Creek, Md. Surrounded by the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the park is jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Maryland Park Service.

Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is an independent nonprofit partner. The organization’s mission is to raise awareness and appreciation of the park while providing education and interpretive resources to enhance visitor experiences.

Volunteers Needed for Bottling


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 come out and take a peek behind the curtain of how our wine makes it into the bottle. Our mobile bottler brings his equipment on a tractor-trailer that he backs right up to our loading door. He takes our finished wine and creates a finished product with capsule and labels on at a rate of about 52 bottles a minute.

It is truly something to see. 

This year we are bottling on March 26 and 27.  We give tours throughout the day of the bottling line during tasting room hours. Come on out and see it.

Or even better, come on out and help. Follow this link for volunteer sign-up. It’s an exciting way to spend a morning or afternoon. We’ll even feed you lunch. Then, you can be part of the team that works like crazy so our guests can be lazy!

When to Bring Wine


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 above the rest. Catch up here and share with your friends! 

Stop in and stock up during our 40% off wine sale November 17 & 18, 2018.

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


“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 proceeds from the sale of 423 bottles of the winery’s “Freedom” wine in the first half of 2018.

“Harriet Tubman’s legacy is defined by her commitment to freedom, faith and love of family, and we established the ‘Freedom’ wine to honor that,” said Layton’s Chance CEO Jennifer Layton. “We live and work in Dorchester County and we, and our customers, are passionately committed to this project.”

“Freedom” is a romantic and refreshing blend of Catawba and Chambourcin grapes, with a berry essence and a sweet finish, making it a favorite of visitors to the winery. Five dollars from the purchase of each bottle is donated to Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center.

This is the second donation Layton’s Chance has made since introducing the wine in 2017, with the total donation exceeding $7,000 to date.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center serves as a welcome center and history museum located on the grounds of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Church Creek, Md. Surrounded by the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, the park is jointly managed by the National Park Service and Maryland Park Service.

Friends of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center is an independent nonprofit partner. The organization’s mission is to raise awareness and appreciation of the park while providing education and interpretive resources to enhance visitor experiences.

To purchase “Freedom” wine, visit www.laytonschance.com or call 410-228-1205.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitors Center

Layton’s Chance Continues its Summer Concert Series on Saturday, July 21 with Local Favorite, Tranzfusion


Vienna, Md. – July 3, 2018 – Layton’s Chance Winery & Vineyard has announced the line up for the balance of its summer concert series.

On Saturday, July 21, local favorite Tranzfusion will bring high energy to the winery with a classic rock performance. Spontaneous dancing will likely break out.

The Beach Bumz, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, will bring his hard-to-categorize but easy to relax and dance to “island” pop/rock on Saturday, August 18. Hawaiian print shirts and grass skirts encouraged.

Each evening the winery will begin admissions at 5pm and the entertainers will take the stage at about 6pm.

Looking ahead to the fall, save Saturday, October 13 from 12pm to 7pm for the annual Layton’s Chance Harvest Festival, a day of celebration with entertainment by the Ampersand Folk Band, singer/songwriter Meredith Rounsley, and Americana/bluegrass band Wheelhouse.

Tickets are available for each event in advance at the winery or online for $7.00 each or are available at the door for $10.00. Guests under age 21, free. Food will be available for purchase by Ron’s Famous Pit Beef, but picnics including non-alcoholic beverages are welcome. Layton’s Chance wines are the only alcoholic beverages that may be consumed on premises. 

We made it through the rain!


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 outward signs of damage.  We will have to wait until they ripen to know for sure. Everywhere else on the farm we are scrambling. We had corn that needed to be replanted.  (it looks a little shorter than usual at this point in the summer, but we’ll get there) Our soybeans were planted later than we wanted. While all of this is happening our wheat was ready for harvest! It’s dry enough to cut and we were relieved to discover there was no mold or disease. At one point we thought we’d need a rowboat to harvest, but things have dried out well. We have also started fertigating this month.  Fertigation is something we started last year.  It is the ability to put fertilize onto our crops through the irrigation system.  This means that instead of putting it all on early, and having the chance for it to run off or disappear into ground water, we gradually feed the crop throughout the growing season.

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Layton’s Chance Brings Home Four Medals from 2018 Comptroller’s Cup


2017 BoBerry Strawberry Wins “Best of Class – Fruit” and “Gold”

Vienna, Md. – June 28, 2018 – Layton’s Chance Winery & Vineyard owners Jennifer and William Layton returned from the 2018 Maryland Comptroller’s Cup with an armful of awards for their efforts, including a coveted “Best of Class” in the “Fruit” category for their popular Layton’s Chance 2017 BoBerry Strawberry Wine.

Comptroller's Cup“Winning a Best in Class award was tremendous validation,” said Jennifer Layton, General Manager. “These are the best wines in the state, and to be one of them is quite an honor.”

 Layton’s picked up three more awards at the event, which is hosted by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot. The 2017 BoBerry Strawberry Wine was also honored with a Gold medal while their 2016 Farm White was awarded a Silver and 2014 Chambourcin a Bronze. Winners received their awards at a ceremony hosted by Mr. Franchot earlier this month.

 The competition, held in Timonium, is judged by wine industry professionals in a blind tasting. Twenty judges spent more than six hours deliberating. As they judge, they are only aware of the composition of the wine; they are not aware of the label, price, intended market or any other details. 

While this is the first Best of Class win for the winery, it received two awards at the 2017 competition: a Silver for its 2014 Norton and a Bronze for its 2013 Vidal Blanc.

The Comptroller’s Cup is organized by the Maryland Wineries Association, a non-profit, member-based trade association, which represents more than 90 wineries across the state. MWA’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable wine-growing community by expanding agricultural products and increasing awareness.  For more information and a complete list of winners, please visit www.marylandwine.com.

About Layton’s Chance

Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery is family owned and operated in Vienna, Maryland, on third-generation owned Eastern Shore farmland. Fourteen acres of grapes go into the 18 wines that are crafted on-site and bottled in Maryland. Layton’s Chance is a Certified Good Land Steward, in partnership with the USDA. The winery’s Tasting Room is open daily and weekend tours of the complex are available. Guests also may experience walking trails, special events, concerts and free play and picnic areas. Private event hosting is also available. Learn more at www.laytonschance.com.

ATTENTION DELWARIANS


 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 their legislator. So, here goes my Delawarians! 

Make your voice known through the ‘Free The Grapes’ website.  You can follow this link to get a more detailed understandin 

g of what is happening, as well as template emails to send to your legislator. Lately, we have been getting a lot of calls from customers saying that they cannot find our product in their local DE stores anymore. 

Unfortunately, Delaware is a three-tier state, meaning there are three steps to selling alcohol: manufacturer – distributor – retailer, which means that we have to use a distributor to sell inside the state.  We have done this for years but our current distributor has gone out of business and as of yet we have not been able to obtain a new one. So once again, I ask for the power of the people. I hope that you will continue to go into your stores and ask the retailers for our product and urge them to ask their other wine distributors to carry our wine.
-Jen

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


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 presentation). Add a few small tea lights or votives as well. This is a great time to add some local flavor, if you have local jams, nuts or cheeses that are known to your area, feature those. Pair with a few local wines or a Cranberry Orange Sparkler (see recipe below) and you are all set!!

Cranberry Orange Sparkler

Punch bowl size add equal part cranberry juice and orange juice to 1 bottle of sparkling wine or prosecco. Add frozen cranberries and orange wedges or make a ice ring with them but use one of the juices to freeze not water. Add the sparkling wine right before serving. Garnish with rosemary in each glass. 

Sure, we have all heard of craft beers, but have you ever heard of craft wine?


102.5 WBOC’s Corey Phoebus recently paid a visit to Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery in Vienna, Md. to learn more about this special type of wine and their upcoming Christmas event.

Jennifer Layton, owner of Layton’s Chance, says craft wine is made in smaller batches. They have a craft wine called Impostor which actually tastes like beer. This type of wine is only served in the tasting room at the winery.

The Old Fashioned Christmas Market event is on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 1 pm-4 pm at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery. Many vendors, carolers, food and wine will be at the event as well.

View the full segment here. 

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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 ..]

ATTENTION DELWARIANS

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 ..]

Verasion

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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