Sustainability: in it for the long haul

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Sustainability rests upon the principle that the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This concept is critically important for growing and making wine since these are multi-generational undertakings whose viability depends upon our being productive without degrading the environment or depleting natural resources.

Vineyards are a beneficial form of agriculture that do not require frequent disturbance of the ground or heavy applications of synthetic fertilizer. Lush cover crops between the vine rows stabilize the soil, which we enrich by adding the composted organic byproducts from our winemaking operations. Our electricity is sourced from wind generation, and winery waste water is treated by an innovative system of bio-retention ponds. We nurture wetlands on our farm as havens for wildlife, and we leave margins of fields un-mowed to promote bio-diversity.  Our historic buildings are monuments to creative re-use, and the proximity of family residences means that work for some is just a bike ride away. Most importantly, we have placed our farm in perpetual conservation with the Maryland Environmental Trust, ensuring that our most important resource - the land - will always remain open space.

The quest is never truly complete: we continue to pursue such goals as reduction of waste, adoption of solar energy, and the use of alternative fuels. Sustainability is essential to our long term success and vitality; it's a challenge that we find inspiring, and we believe that it helps us make better wine.