The Maine Winery Guild — an association of winemakers, distillers, winery owners and wine growers — met Jan. 26 at the state of Maine Department of Agriculture to seat new officers and discuss the upcoming 2010 season.

Maine has 17 licensed wineries and distilleries with annual production in excess of 40,000 cases of locally produced products. Many new wineries and distilleries are opening as winemakers discover the abundance of quality grapes, fruit and grains in Maine and a supportive citizenry.

The guild’s new officers are President Bettina Doulton, owner of Cellardoor Winery; Vice President Ben Alexander, co-owner of Maine Mead Works; Treasurer Elmer Savage, co-owner and winemaker of Savage Oakes Vineyard and Winery; and Secretary Constance Bodine, co-owner of Sweetgrass Farm Winery and Distillery.

Much discussion centered on the upcoming 2010 Maine Wine Trail Map and Guide, which will be distributed widely. The publication showcases each winery and provides a map and legend for wine enthusiasts to follow. The guild is sponsoring the Union Fair Maine Wine pavilion on Aug. 22-28, where visitors can taste the wide variety of Maine wines available and talk with winemakers. For more information visit unionfair.org.

For more information, visit mainewinetrail.com or contact Doulton at Cellardoor Winery at bettina@cellardoorvineyard.com or 763-4478.