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Terrapin Station Winery
80 Ricketts Mill Road
Elkton, MD 21921


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In April 2011, we planted two more acres of new vineyards, expanding our plantings of Cayuga, Traminette, St. Vincent and Marquette.

Rob and the guys created this video to document the planting and took photos of the Vineyards.



The Terrapin Station Winery Tasting Room regular hours are closed for the winter. We will reopen for regular hours in the spring. We will, however, be open briefly on Saturday Nov 23 from 12-4. Please call 410-398-1875, ext 802 for questions.

We try to keep TSW a fun and informal place to work. Most of the staff work at TSW in addition to their "day jobs" because they enjoy hanging around the wines and vines. We try to use technology whenever possible for communications, operations and administration. But while we try to be virtual, there is a lot of hands-on work to be done: if you like to get wet and messy, well we might have just the job for you!

We are an equal opportunity employer. Having people on the team with varied experiences and backgrounds helps us work more effectively and make products that appeal to our broad set of customers.

This page has both general accounments regarding employment at TSW as well as any specific opportunities for positions we are trying to fill. We currently have filled all of our staff positions - thank you for your interest. If you have a question about employment opportunities at TSW that are not answered here, please use the Contact page to send your question to us.

Our goal as vintners and grape-growers is to produce excellent-tasting wines using the best grapes available. We aim to take advantage of our unique climate, beautiful location and the richness of our farmland in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Sounds straightforward? Yes, but growing grapes on the East Coast is not for the faint of heart.

Our brethren in California benefit from long, predictable growing seasons, including warm sunny days with low humidity and cool dry nights. In fact, in most of their winegrowing areas of California, it stops raining in March and does not start again until October or November. Not a drop! This makes winter the "green season", except for irrigated crops, like vines.

The East Coast is a different matter entirely.

Fungal diseases, summer rainfall, stifling humidity and widely varying temperatures all can wreak havoc on a vineyard. Each year can be very different: cooler, warmer, wetter, drier. There are periodic insects that cause problems such as cicadas that only show up every 17 years! In the past few years, we have faced a drought, hurricanes, a wet cool year, and a few typical years. Of course, we are faced with a much shorter growing season and we get MUCH colder weather in the wintertime than our western brethren, sometimes too cold for the classic vinifera vines, such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.


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