Linganore Welcomes Third Generation Winemaker

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Linganore Winecellars Welcomes Home Third Generation Winemaker

Jan 9, 2017 Mount Airy, Maryland- Linganore Winecellars announces the addition of its third-generation winemaker, Melissa Aellen, to its wine making team.   Following in the footsteps of her father, Anthony Aellen, and grandfather, Jack Aellen, Melissa is excited to work side by side with her family in carrying on the legacy that began in the early 1970’s.  Melissa graduated from Cornell University in 2013 with a degree in Viticulture and Enology.  During her time at Cornell and after graduation, Melissa gained experience at several different wineries, including those in Indiana, Illinois, New York, Oregon, California, and New Zealand. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of wine making, from growing and harvesting grapes to the production and marketing of wine.

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“Growing up to be a winemaker with my father was a dream I had as a kid,” Melissa Aellen says. “I’m thrilled it became a reality.”

Located outside of Mt. Airy, Maryland, Linganore Winecellars is the largest winery in Maryland and one of the oldest on the East Coast.  Known for its hand crafted and estate bottled wines, they are excited about continuing the dream Jack Aellen and his wife, Lucille, had in 1976 when they started the winery.  In 1984, Anthony took over the wine making from Jack, and he cannot wait to see the success that his daughter has at Linganore. “We are extremely proud to have Melissa coming on board,” Aellen states. Originally started with hand crank equipment donated from Lucille’s Sicilian father, Vittorio, and inspiration from Jack’s German-Swiss heritage, Melissa carries on a multigenerational tradition of winemaking excellence.

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5 Responses

  1. Jenny Ryan says:

    Congrats! I am excited for you and the winery.

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  3. will maples says:

    Congratulations to Anthony and Melissa, I remember my first tour of the facility Memorial Weekend 2011 and listening to the story of the wine facility and that your daughter was attending Cornell. I always enjoy coming to your winery events glad to hear your daughter will take control. Congrats again!

  4. Nina Andrews says:

    Congrats…we attended the winery over the summer and her dad spoke that she was studying abroad to gain experience. Welcome home and enjoy your family.

  5. Kathy Casper says:

    Melissa~ Congratulations to you! I remember you as just a child at the winery (and wine festivals) helping your Dad. I wish you much happiness and success!