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 place. When we stepped from our car at the top of the small hill overlooking the Catoctin Mountains to the west and the Emmitsburg valley to the east, we knew immediately - this is it. We instantly fell in love with the spectacular views of the beautiful rolling hills of the Catoctin Mountains.
The view was more that spectacular. It was exceptional. And the soil was perfect for growing grapes. How did we know it? 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 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 2013, our wines have won several awards, most notably our 2013 being awarded "Best Red" at the 2016 Maryland Governor's Cup.
And the rest of the story? Stay tuned - it's developing.