People

 

Soils and climate provide the essential foundation for outstanding wines, but people make them. Creating wine requires that we use all our senses. Throughout the year, we monitor the appearance of the vines and respond to what they tell us they need to ensure strength and health. Following veraison, when ripening begins, we smell and taste the fruit, assessing its aromas and flavors and feeling the way the skins slide across the tongue. In the winery, we listen to the fermentation. The Dodon team brings vision, passion, and perseverance to craft rich, balanced aromatic wines that express the qualities of our site.

 

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Tom Croghan, coowner. Growing up on a small farm in north central West Virginia, Tom grew to appreciate the rhythms of nature, the joy of hard work, and the importance of place. He brings these early lessons, as well as those from a successful career in medicine, immunology and business, to create wines that reflect the unique soil and the site. Tom@dodonvineyards.com

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Polly Pittman, coowner. Polly grew up at Dodon when it was still a tobacco farm. After 16 years in Argentina, where she worked in human rights and raised her three daughters, she was excited to return home. Polly and Tom moved to Dodon in 2005 where they now work with her extended family to preserve the farm. Polly is also a professor of health policy at George Washington University. Polly@dodonvineyards.com

Nick Maliska, vineyard manager & cellar master. Nick brings an extensive knowledge of horticulture to the team. Shortly after graduating in economics from Middlebury College, he decided farming was his calling. He interned on organic vegetable farms in Florida and Virginia, and eventually started his own CSA in Maryland. He is leading our efforts to move as closely as possible to organic viticulture. Nick@dodonvineyards.com

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Roberto Gomezvineyard and winery associate. Roberto joined the team in the summer of 2014 with past work in the restaurant and landscaping sectors. Originally, a farmer from Chiapas, Mexico, his love for plants and sharp eye have quickly made him the chief disease inspector.

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Lucie Morton, consulting viticulturalist. Trained in Montpellier, Lucie is known around the world for her work on rootstocks, grapevine identification, and fungal pathogens. She is a leading proponent of painstaking attention to the soil and meticulous canopy management to produce healthy vines that resist disease and ripen well.

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Rene Martinez, vineyard and winery associate, Rene grew up on a family farm and is passionate about working the land. A sharp mind and eagerness to learn have quickly made him a central member of our team, spanning both vineyard and winery activities, depending on the time of year.

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Regina Mc Carthy, director of client services. An Anne Arundel County native, Regina graduated from Towson University with a degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations. She spent three years as Marketing Coordinator for the Maryland Wineries Association, a year as Marketing Director for Friends and Farms, and two years selling premium wines and spirits. Regina is certified by Wine and Spirits Education Trust at Level 2, and she is the author of Maryland Wine: A Full-Bodied History. Regina@dodonvineyards.com

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Fendi Clagettambassador. Fendi is a former executive with the international advertising agency Young & Rubicam in Europe where her clients included renowned cognac maker, Rémy Martin. She was born and bred in southern Maryland and after returning to the US in 2005, managed marketing and communications for the Marlborough Hunt Races at Roedown, one of Maryland’s most prestigious steeplechase events.

 Intern Alumni

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Andrea Guerra, harvest intern. Harvest 2013.

Eve Warnke, viticulture intern. Summer 2013.
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Wren Droege, viticulture intern. Summer 2013.
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Isabela Suescum, viticulture intern. Summer 2011-2013.
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Max Siegrist, viticulture intern. Summer 2013 & 2014.
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Megan Gildea, marketing intern. Summer 2014.

Leandro Azin, enology advisor. Summer, Fall 2014.
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Kevin Restificar, harvest intern. Fall 2016.