Latest News: James Suckling awards Catoctin Breeze with 91 points for 2016 Estate Cabernet Franc, 91 points for 2015 Oratorio Barbera, and 90 points for 2016 Estate Syrah!
When we decided to move to the country after raising four children, we spent months searching for the perfect site to grow grapes - a site with the right soil composition, abundant air flow, superior soil drainage, and ideal sun exposure. It didn't take much time to find our home. As soon as we stood at the top of the hill overlooking the Catoctin Mountains to the west and the Emmitsburg Valley to the east, we instantly fell in love. We knew immediately - this is it.
The view was more than spectacular. It was exceptional. And the soil was perfect for growing grapes. How did we know? It was the proverbial site that a corn farmer wouldn't take for free. The soil was gravelly, poor in nutrients, and unable to retain water after it rained. It was great for growing weeds and what else? Grapes. Weeds were plentiful. We took care of them in time for our 2010 spring planting of two blocks of vines. One block on our southern facing slope, and another one on our eastern facing slope. To the south we planted reds; Cabernet Franc and Syrah. To the east the white varieties; Chardonnay and Viognier. Since our first harvest in 2012, our wines have won several awards, most notably our 2016 Cabernet Franc being awarded "Best in Show" at the 2018 Maryland Governor's Cup.
And the rest of the story? Stay tuned - we're just getting started.