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Knob Hall Winery harvesting grapes

September 26, 2009

CLEAR SPRING - Knob Hall Winery on Saint Paul Road in Clear Spring recently started harvesting grapes for the winery's first vintage.

Richard Seibert, owner of the winery, plans to produce both higher-end, ultra-premium "estate wines" and some modestly priced and sweeter fruit blends that will allow the winery to appeal to a large customer base.

Seibert expects to offer Vidal blanc and rose wines in the spring, Chamborcin later in the year, and Merlot and Cabernet Franc in 2011.

The winery held a special "Blessing of the Grapes and Vines" on Sept. 13, bringing neighbors, friends and wine lovers to the farm.

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The winery received its license from the State of Maryland earlier this year.

Knob Hall's vineyard is the largest in Washington County and one of the 10 largest in Maryland. The winery has 20 acres of grapes, and ultimately hopes to expand to 60 acres.

In full operation, the winery might have up to 20 employees and estimated annual revenue of more than $1 million by 2010 and up to perhaps $4 million by 2015.

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