Linganore Winecellars Enlists Winery Management Software Ekos to Strengthen Business Operations and Production Processes

Leandro Mortenegro

Maryland’s largest winery is using Ekos to oversee production, monitor inventory, and connect POS and accounting systems

MT. AIRY, Md. — (October 14, 2022) — Linganore Winecellars, a family-owned and operated winery since 1971, is using Ekos winery management software to further build its extensive brand.

(Father-daughter duo, Anthony and Melissa Aellen)

Founded in 1971 by Jack and Lucille Aellen, Linganore Winecellars is Maryland’s largest winery with 80 acres of vineyards and a 160,000-gallon production capacity. The winery produces 32 varieties of wine and places sustainability at the forefront of their winery, earning Linganore a Sustainability Leadership Award from the Maryland Green Registry in 2021. The winery is still managed by the Aellen family today.

Linganore Winecellars started using Ekos in 2022 to simplify its production process, organize inventory, and track sales at the winery. “We use the production side daily — specifically the facility view,” said Melissa Aellen, winemaker and director of operational changes. “The navigation to different batches is seamless and we have a rough layout of where all of our wine is at any given point.”

Ekos is the only fully connected winery management platform helping wineries manage their inventory, production, sales, and accounting data in one centralized location. The software also integrates with point-of-sale, ecommerce, and accounting softwares like Commerce7, Shopify and QuickBooks.

The Linganore team chose Ekos for its integrations with their point-of-sale and accounting software and to gain more visibility into the business’s costing and other data. “We are excited to finally be able to track costs for each wine made from fruit receival through bottling,” Melissa said. “The excise tax reporting also reduces monthly time spent to create these reports.”

In addition to the technical capabilities of Ekos, Linganore was drawn to the responsiveness and energy of Ekos’s team. “We chose Ekos for the culture and drive of the employees to assist and continue to improve the program,” Melissa said. “Everyone so far has been extremely receptive to ideas we have and are quick to implement new features.”

“Ekos is on a mission to empower wineries to manage their businesses and stand out in a competitive marketplace,” said Ekos CEO Josh McKinney. “I’m thrilled Linganore has selected our team as a partner as they look to continue their tradition of great wine, culture, and success.”

To learn more about how Ekos can help your winery, click here.

About Ekos

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Ekos is the leading business management technology platform powering — and empowering — craft beverage businesses. With more than 18,000 users on six continents, Ekos helps beer, wine, and cider makers drive efficiencies, power growth, streamline communication, and improve visibility across their businesses. As a digital hub for all critical business information, Ekos makes it easy to manage day-to-day operations in inventory, production, sales, and accounting. Ekos was named to the Inc. 5000 list in 2022 and 2021 and is backed by Catalyst Investors and Noro-Moseley Partners. To learn more, visit

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