Wine is personal to Jarl Weyant. He makes it one bottle at a time – literally.
“We’re probably one of the smaller wineries in Maryland,” he said. “I pour it in the bottle. I put on the label. I have a cork machine. Every case is carried down the steps to the bottling room and every case is carried back up by me.”
Whistle Stop Winery produces big things from small batches. The Dunkirk winemaker imports juices from area vineyards to make mostly sweet wines with interesting names. A lifelong love of trains is seen through his Coal Car Cranberry Wine, Cargo Car American Chardonnay, Conductor American Savignon Blanc, Choo Choo Strawberry Sensation, Freight Train Blueberry and my favorite – Steam Whistle Watermelon.
“People like sweets,” Weyant said.
A telecom manager until retiring, Weyant has spent the last four years developing his wine. He can be found at many festivals and events throughout the spring with updates found at Whistlestopwinery.com. Popular taste testings at festivals often bring a big response as he tries to keep up with demand.
Meanwhile, Weyant loves the community among winemakers.
“My biggest surprise so far has been how helpful other wineries have been,” Weyant said. “Everyone is happy to help you.”
You could say they’re “all board” growing the industry.