MD Winemaker Profiles

Throughout the year we will be profiling the characters behind the wines you buy - the winemakers of Maryland. Their stories provide great insight into Maryland wine's deep history and bright future.

Mary Beth Seibert

Knob Hall Winery
14108 St. Paul Road
Clear Spring , MD 21722

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Mary Beth Seibert and her husband, Dick, ventured into the wine industry in 2007 when Dick inherited a 200-year-old farm from his family. It didn’t take long for them to decide that they should relocate there.

“We thought, well, we’ll do it,” said Seibert, noting the beauty of the property. “We’d been in Annapolis for 20 years and we were ready for a change,” Seibert said.

To expand the use of the farm, the Seiberts decided to plant grapes and begin their own winery. “We wanted to challenge ourselves. So we started to go to meetings and learn about wine; how to make wine, what to plant and where to plant. Someone needed to make the wine and I was appointed.” There are about 30 acres of grapes on the estate; each varietal is carefully chosen in order to produce the best fruit given the soil and climate they have.

Seibert had watched her father make his own wine in their home from some of the grapes he had grown in their back yard. In her adult life, she worked in sales and catering in the hotel business and had taken courses at a sommelier academy. Although her training was focused more on wine tasting, she felt comfortable enough around wine and winemaking that she was ready to take on the job.

“You have to be able to know the different nuances when tasting wine so that you can make a good product,” says Seibert.

Working with a consultant has given Mary Beth an outside perspective of the wine. “It’s good to have someone with whom to bounce ideas and flavors off of,” she says.

As one of only a few female winemakers in Maryland, Mary Beth says she does not notice a difference. “I think it’s fun, and it’s not something I feel only men can do.”

Her occupation does demand some heavy physical labor, making it a job that not a lot of people have.  “It’s a little different everyday and there are so many tasks you have to choose from. The variety makes it very interesting.”

Knob Hall is still a young winery and one that is still developing its style, according to Seibert. They received three Gold Medals in the 2010 Maryland Governor’s Cup Competition as well as a Best in Class.

“We’re thrilled to have Knob Hall Winery anchor Washington County’s burgeoning wine industry,” said Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association. “Mary Beth’s commitment to growing the best fruit and making great wine will lead to great successes.”