Wine clubs are becoming a popular sales model for wineries across the country, including in Maryland.

This is also true in Mount Airy, where Black Ankle Vineyards needed to expand to accommodate demand.

Construction is underway at the vineyard on a new patio and outbuildings, all to create an expanded tasting room inside.

“We have another fireplace so people can be cozy all winter,” Black Ankle Vineyards co-owner Sarah O’Herron said.

Most of everything at the business has been built with materials from the property itself. O’Herron said the new tasting room was crucial, because it is home to their wine club, which is free to join and keeps growing.

“We have a lot of wines that are very limited production,” O’Herron said. “We grow all of our own grapes on the farm, and so we only get as much as we get, and it's all we have to offer. So, we have our wine club so that we have people who are really dedicated and love us and love the place get first access to those wines."

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