Antietam Creek Vineyards is located in the foothills of South Mountain, 60 miles from Washington DC and 70 miles from Baltimore. It is a 55-acre former dairy farm, anchored by a 1903 classic Maryland bank barn built in the Mennonite tradition, with a peg-and-post upper level and stone foundation. The site opens to sweeping views of hills and fields, permanently protected from development. We love to watch the colors change in a moment, as the light shifts, and over time with the changing of the seasons.
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Our site borders the southern portion of the Antietam National Battlefield, a beautiful and moving national park established to memorialize the September 17, 1862 Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest battle in U.S. history. Most of the fighting of that time unfolded on private farms like ours. Some of those farms, like ours, have remained in private hands since that time, forming a periphery around the Antietam National Battlefield.
We have great respect for the history of this place where we cultivate our grapes and produce our wines. You’ll notice that we do not use any labels that refer directly to the Battle of Antietam, in deference to the memory of those who fought. We chose instead to evoke the gentle arch of the Burnside Bridge, which was the scene of some of the fighting, but which also – long before and well after the battle – was one of several stone bridges that crossed the Antietam Creek to connect the area to commercial centers.
Farmhouse on the ACV property. Photo credit: Robert H Clark