September 24, 2020
BERLIN, Md. — It was 2015. Jeannie Mariner and her husband had just inherited a 12-acre farm in Worcester County but weren’t sure what to do with the land.
The couple still hadn’t made up their minds when they went to visit their daughter, Brittany, who was studying viticulture — the study of wine and growing grapes — at college in North Carolina.
It was while the Mariners were visiting Brittany that they had a “light bulb moment,” Jeannie said. They would turn their farm into a winery.
“We were all in. We sold off a business and assets and things like that to get this started,” Jeannie said. Once opened, “people (were starting to) find out that we’re here, and things were humming along — and then all of the sudden it comes to a screeching halt. It’s very scary when you’ve got so much invested.”
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