Maryland Wine Weekend: July 14 - July 16


Maryland Wine Weekend: July 14 - July 16

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The Free State is home to over 65 wineries and many of them are located in Maryland's Eastern Shore region.  Join Torque Tours as we explore the best wineries and wine bars on the Eastern Shore.


Could you start a successful bar serving primarily wines from Maryland? Yes, you could! In fact, it has been done. The Maryland Wine Bar in the town of Berlin, MD serves both Maryland and international wines along with live music on Fridays. Between visits to wine bars and vineyards on this Torque Tour, we can enjoy the beach in Ocean City. Escape the metro and join the Maryland branch of the cult of Dionysus.

Included in the packages offered by Torque Tours:

  • Round-trip shared shuttle service from Washington, DC to our oceanfront hotel in Ocean City, Maryland
  • Two continental breakfasts at the hotel
  • A special wine tasting at Maryland Wine Bar in Berlin, MD
  • A vineyard tour and visit to the tasting room of Layton's Chance Vineyards and Winery
  • Designated driver service

Included in only the More Wine package offered by Torque Tours:

  • An organized wine and beer tasting at the Costa Venosa Winery
  • Flight of 5 wines to taste in the Layton's Chance tasting room

Simple Itinerary (Subject to change; all activities except shuttle service and Layton's Chance tour are optional)

We will depart Washington from Rhode Island Avenue station at 3:30 pm. Please do not arrive late. We anticipate arriving at the Wine Bar in Berlin around 7:00 pm. We will enjoy a celebratory wine tasting and cheeses while live music plays.. Once we finish, we will make our way to our Oceanfront hotel in Ocean City, Maryland.

The beach calls on Saturday. In the afternoon, those who purchased the More Wine package will be shuttled to Costa Ventosa for a fun-filled afternoon of wine tastings. At night, the partiers in the group can spend a night carousing the many neighborhood bars on the boardwalk.

Early risers can spend one last morning on the beach. We will check-out of our hotel at 10:30 am and board the shuttle towards the town of Vienna, Maryland, making a short stop for lunch. Outside of Vienna, we will stop at the Layton's Chance Winery for a wine tour and tasting. A tasting flight of 5 wines is included for those who purchase the More Wine package; guests on the More Beach package can purchase flights separately at the winery. After finishing, we will continue back to Washington. We anticipate arriving back in Washington around 7:00 pm.



Are there ID or minimum age requirements for this trip?

Due to the nature of activities planned for this tour, this trip is limited to adults age 21 and up. You will be required to provide photo ID with a birthdate upon check-in.


What's the refund policy?

Refund requests expressed to Torque Travel before 12:00 noon EDT on Friday, May 26th will be granted in full. Please allow 3-5 business days to process your refund.

If you wish to exchange your reservation for this event for another Torque organized tour of equal or lesser value, you must make your request before 12:00 noon EDT on Friday, June 30th. Exchanges are subject to availability.

After 12:00 noon on June 30th, all sales for this trip are considered final. Missing the shuttle's departure is not considered a cause for a refund.

Any registrant that lists an age that fails to meet the minimum age requirement (21 years) will be notified and receive a refund. Registrants unable to prove their age during the initial ID check will not receive a refund.

The event may be canceled if fewer than seven registrations are booked before 12:00 noon EDT on Friday, June 30. In the event of a cancellation, notifications and refunds will be issued automatically. Shuttle services and all other benefits will be canceled when refunds are issued.

If Torque Travel LLC cancels the trip for any reason, full refunds will be automatically issued.


Is it alright if the name on my registration doesn't match the person who attends?

You are not required to attend under the name with which your registered. However, you must notify us of any changes in advance by sending us a message at If you transfer your ticket to another person, that person must meet the minimum age and ID requirement.


What happens if there is inclement weather?

If, prior to our scheduled departure, the National Weather Service issues a tropical storm warning, tropical storm watch, hurricane warning, hurricane watch, or coastal flood warning for the immediate area in and around Ocean City for a time period between 9:00 pm on Friday, July 14th and 11:00 am on Sunday, July 16th, Torque Travel will cancel the planned tour and provide the paid registrant with the option of rebooking the reservation on another tour of equal or lesser value and receive a credit for the difference. If the paying registrant opts to not rebook, she/he will receive a full refund of the charged tour. (Please note that a coastal flood watch is not considered a reason for cancellation of the trip.)

If the weather on Sunday, July 16th is inappropriate for a winery tour, the winery tour will be cancelled in favor of an extended period in the tasting room.

If severe weather conditions force or threaten the suspension of traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the trip departure time and itinerary may change at the discretion of the tour leader. If departure from Washington is delayed, the tour leader will attempt to contact you via the phone number provided with payment. If departure of the return shuttle bus from Ocean City is either delayed or accelerated, the tour leader will inform the party as appropriate.


What are the sleeping arrangements?

All registrants will have space to sleep in the hotel room. The specifics of sleeping arrangements will depend upon the exact number of people booked for the trip, but everyone should be prepared to potentially share a bed. Sleeping partners, if necessary, will be decided by the group at large. All shared beds will be at least the size of a double bed.


Is there any way I can guarantee a bed or room to myself?

If you want to guarantee a single bed or room to yourself, you will need to purchase a single supplement. Please send an email to describing your request for a single supplement. Single beds and rooms may not always be available, so it is advantageous to make your request as early as possible. 


Where is the meeting location?

We will meet at Dunkin Donuts on Rhode Island Row, a short walk from the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station.


Which meals are included?

Dinner – A selection of cheeses will be served at the wine tasting at the Berlin Wine Bar. There are a number of restaurants nearby for anyone who would like to eat a fuller meal. ($)

Breakfast – A continental breakfast is provided by our hotel.
Lunch – Lunch is not included in this package. ($)
Dinner -  Dinner is not included in this package. ($)

Breakfast – A continental breakfast is provided by our hotel.
Lunch – We will make a rest stop on the trip to Layton's Chance. ($)


I already purchased a More Wine package for this tour but would like to downgrade to the More Beach package. Can I do that?

You may downgrade from the deluxe to the basic package by sending an email to Downgrade requests must be made before 12:00 noon on Friday, July 14th. You will receive a refund for the difference within 3-5 business days.


I already purchased a More Beach package for trip but would like to upgrade to the More Wine package. Can I do that?

You may upgrade from the more beach to the more wine package by sending an email to You will be asked to purchase a deluxe package online for full price, after which you will receive a refund for the basic package within 3-5 business days. Upgrade requests must be made before 12:00 noon on Monday, July 10th.


I have other questions not answered here.

You should review the terms of service on the payment page before making any payment. Otherwise, please relay any questions to or tweet to us at @TorqueTravel.

Summary Details

Minimum Age: 21
Lodging: Two-star Hotel
Maximum Tour Size: 15 people including your tour leader(s)
Meeting Point: 

Dunkin Donuts
2300 Washington Pl NE, #107
Washington, DC 20018


Metro Accessible: Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Station

Departure Time: 3:30 pm on Friday, July 14th, 2017
Anticipated Return Time: 7:00 pm on Sunday, July 16th, 2017

Meal Plan: Breakfast included

Cancellation Policy: Full refund if requested by 12:00 noon EDT on Friday, May 26th, 2017.
Exchanges accepted if requested by 12:00 noon EDT on Friday, June 30th, 2017.

Sales close: 12:00 noon EDT on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017, or when Torque Travel determines the tour to be sold out, or if registration by 12:00 noon EDT on Friday, June 30th, 2017 does not exceed six (6) people.