Visit Cygnus

Come visit Cygnus Wine Cellars for a truly unique tasting experience in our truly unique building.

The winery was born in July 1996, emerging from the shell of an abandoned 1939-vintage slaughterhouse in downtown historic Manchester, Carroll County. Owner and winemaker Ray Brasfield  focuses on producing dry table wines and methode champenoise sparkling wines (champagne) from only locally grown grapes. Depending upon the growing season, Brasfield also produces  reserve wines in very small quantity, including late harvest dessert style wine, and a reserve dry red named Julian. Cygnus wines are ‘Vegan Friendly’, with no animal products used in their production.  Table wines are sold under the ‘Cygnus’ label, while the sparkling wines say  ‘Royele’ on the label.Wine education is the focus in the Cygnus Wine Cellars tasting room. Customers will find intelligent and informative answers to their wine questions, often from the winemaker himself. Cygnus Wine Cellars hosts several food-centered events throughout the year, and customers are encouraged to host their own private dinners, parties, or wine receptions at the winery, with the assistance of the winemaker and local caterers.


Visiting Cygnus

We are open for your pleasure Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 5pm. All other times by appointment only. Closed major holidays.

Tastings. We have six wines open for tastings. The tasting flight is $5.

Deck. Bring a picnic and enjoy tasting our wines on our deck.

Reservations for Groups. Reservations are requested for groups of 10 or more. Special tasting events can be arranged for your group or business. Please call 410-374-6395 for details, or  send me an e-mail: OR you can even write me a letter, on paper and everything! send it with a stamp to:

Cygnus Wine Cellars

PO Box 113
3130 Long Lane
Manchester, MD 21102

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