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Pioneers for Successful Farm to Vineyard Diversification

In 2010, the Crows, as pioneers in rural Kent County, saw the vision that growing grapes was something that would fit well with our overall business plan. They hired their son, Brandon Hoy, as the Vineyard Manager. With attention to quality grape growing Crow Farm now has a 10 acre vineyard. They believe the quality dry premium wines are created first in the vineyard with the personal attention of many hands and talented skilled staff. Under the direction of John Levenberg, winemaker consultant, the Crow’s built a state of the art winery and developed protocols for creating award winning premium style wines. Aspiring to conserve and preserve the farm, the Crow’s made renovations that included using existing farming structures to make way for the winery and tasting room. Brook Schumann, the Crow’s daughter in law, was hired in 2010 to assist with winery management and now supports the family business with sales. In 2014 Catrina North was hired as the full-time winemaker.

The Crows are committed to ensuring that the public has an opportunity to see firsthand via agrotourism the strengths and challenges of farming. Their commitment to quality winemaking has led them to win a variety of medals for their wines. They take pride in all aspects of their farming business including grape growing, making wine and welcoming the public.

Crow Vineyard Manager, Brandon Hoy
photo: William Wilhelm Photography