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The Vineyards at Dodon LLC (Dodon) is a vertically integrated vineyard and winery producing wines that express the distinctive qualities of grapes grown exclusively on site.
Co-owner/general manager: Tom Croghan
Co-owner: Polly Pittman
Assistant winemaker: Seth McCombs
Director of client services: Regina Mc Carthy
Consulting winemaker: Steve Blais (Michel Rolland Consulting)
Vineyard consultant: Lucie Morton (Morton Viticulture)
391 Dodon Rd., Davidsonville, Anne Arundel County, MD (off MD Rt. 424, 2 miles north of MD Rt. 2)
Signficance of location: Dodon is a 550-acre historic property that has been in the Pittman family for nine consecutive generations. The largest working family farm in Anne Arundel County, the property is actively managed as a vineyard and horse training operation. Historically planted in crops, including Oronoco tobacco, its hilly topography and sandy loam “Dodon Series” soils are ideally suited to grapes and impart distinctive aromatics, minerality, and texture to the wines.
About Dodon Series Soils: Our vineyards are characterized by deep, well-drained soils, renamed the “Dodon Series” in 2003 by the U.S. National Cooperative Soil Survey because of their distinctive characteristics. These soils are ideal for balanced, aromatic wines with a subtle minerality. More information can be found here.
Vineyards: 25,400 vines planted on 14.8 acres since 2010:
Merlot: 7,950 vines on 4.7 acres
Cabernet Franc: 4,500 vines on 2.6 acres
Cabernet Sauvignon: 1,560 vines on 1 acre
Petit Verdot: 760 vines on 0.5 acre
Chardonnay: 4,350 vines on 2.5 acres
Sauvignon Blanc: 6,300 vines on 3.6 acres
First vintage – 2011
Significance of planting/growing techniques: Focus on simple, traditional, sustainable agricultural processes that return balance to the soil, roots, and vines; provide the necessary building blocks for superior wine grapes; and that enhance the environment. High density planting on deep, well-drained soils and meticulous canopy management ensure fully ripened fruit. Restricting the number of clusters per vine maximizes concentration, and extensive sorting following harvest enhances wine quality.
Winery: Approximately 5,000 square foot winery with elevated crush pad, temperature control, and underground barrel room opened for the 2013 harvest. Production at full capacity will be 3,500 cases
Significance of winery features: Gentle processing procedures include hand harvesting, hand sorting, and gravity-based delivery of the fruit to the receiving tank. These practices ensure that expressive fruit aromas are preserved. Winemaking techniques, such as temperature control, oxygen manipulation, and extended maceration, are used to enhance the structure of the wines. Solar technology and geothermal heating and cooling minimize Dodon’s environmental impact.
Access and Events: Access to vineyards and winery are “by appointment only.” Harvest events and volunteer opportunities to pick and sort grapes are available.
Press Inquiries: Contact Regina Mc Carthy at email@example.com, 410-798-1126 or 410-533-6447.