Early this summer, Dan and I had the pleasure of visiting The Vineyards at Dodon. The Vineyards at Dodon is located in Davidsonville, Maryland, about 20 minutes from Annapolis. Dodon is by appointment only, which provides for an intimate and unique wine tasting experience! When we arrived, it was such a surprise to see that Regina (the Director of Client Services) had personalized tasting menus typed up, with our names on them! Regina was so friendly and knowledgable, and made our visit extremely pleasant!
Tom Croghan and Polly Pittman are co-owners. The property, originally a tobacco farm, is a 550 acre historic property that has been in the Pittman family for nine generations! The farm is the largest working family farm in Anne Arundel County, which includes not only the vineyard, but a horse training facility as well. The Dodon website provides a history of the farm, dating back to 1725!
A unique feature of the property is that it has its own distinctive soil type, named the “Dodon series” by the U.S. National Cooperative Soil Survey. This soil produces aromatic wines that also have an unexpected minerality, which is uncommon in most winemaking regions. If you are a soil nerd (just kidding!), and want to learn more, head here.
The vineyards are planted on 16 acres, and currently include Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Dodon prides themselves on using sustainable agricultural processes, as well as gentle processing procedures, including hand harvesting and hand sorting.
Currently, Dodon offers two tasting options. Tastings are available on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays by appointment only. Introductory tours typically begin around 1:00pm, while Collector’s Tours typically begin at 3:00pm. You can schedule an appointment online here.
The first option, the Introductory Tour ($25 per person), includes a tour of the vineyard and cellar, as well as a seated tasting of:
- South Slope
- Sauvignon Blanc
The second option, the Collector’s Tour ($50 per person), begins with an aperitif in the tasting room, as well as a seated tasting of Dodo’s limited edition Collector’s wines (listed below). This tasting is also accompanied by hors d’oeuvres.
- Drum Point
When we visited, the Collector’s Tour hadn’t been debuted yet, so we did the Introductory tour. I enjoyed everything we tasted. I’m typically one of those “anti-oaked-Chardonnay” people, but this one was good! We know I’m all about Rosé this summer, so the Merlot-inspired Rosé was obviously top on my list to try. The Sauvignon Blanc and South Slope (blend of 57% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot) were both easy drinkers.
Thank you goes out again to Regina for her hospitality! We can’t wait to come back and try the new tasting!!