Get Connected with Washington County DBD

Big Cork Vineyards Recognized as 2014 Washington County Farm of the Year

Fourth annual award honoring agricultural heritage and farm families in Washington County 

Hagerstown, Md. (September 9, 2014) – With harvest season approaching, the Washington County Department of Business Development, Agricultural Business Development is pleased to announce Big Cork Vineyards, located in Rohrersville, Maryland, as the recipient of the 2014 Washington County Maryland Farm of the Year award. 

In production for five years, Big Cork is the second largest vineyard in Washington County.  A testament to the growth of the winery, the 100-acre farm plans to increase grape acreage in Spring 2015. They also produce black raspberries, pumpkins, vegetables, mixed timothy and orchard grass and hay.

For Big Cork Vineyards President Randy Thompson, the rolling expanse of crops that once dotted his family farm was truly a field of dreams. Amid the rows of corn and hay, Randy envisioned a vineyard with a grand winery and tasting room. And construction is underway to complete the 4,000 square foot winery and hospitality center in Fall 2014. This unique venue will be available for events, including weddings and other business occasions.   

The winery has a distribution that spans the state of Maryland and West Virginia with some 55 fine restaurants and local retailers that proudly feature Big Cork wines including:

  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Merlot
  • Russian Kiss
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Syrah Rose
  • Traminette
  • Vival Blanc
  • Vidal Ice
  • Viognier

As this year’s winner, Big Cork Vineyard will receive a portrait/video session, plaque, an outdoor farm sign recognizing their accomplishment and a plaque posted in the 

Washington County Agriculture Education Center lobby for the duration of the year.

To be eligible for this award, the principal farm operator/owner must be in business for a minimum of five years and be on at least five acres of agriculturally zoned land and primarily located in Washington

County. Winning farms showcase excellence in agriculture and promote a greater understanding of the challenges faced by today’s farmers. Numerous criteria are judged including production, conservation, preservation, community involvement, and dedication to farming and agriculture.

For those in the agriculture community interested in more information contact Leslie Hart, Agricultural Business Development Specialist at: 301-432-4782 or

100 W Washington St., Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Driving Directions


Fill out our contact form