Winery Is Eco-Friendly, Carbon-Negative Neighbor In Davidsonville: Report


The Vineyards at Dodon told WUSA 9 that it has a carbon-negative winery in Davidsonville. A stock photo of a different vineyard is shown here. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

DAVIDSONVILLE, MD - The Vineyards at Dodon is an environmentally friendly winery in Davidsonville. WUSA9 reported on Sept. 22 that the winery uses sustainable production to be carbon-negative. That means the vineyard absorbs more carbon than it produces, combating greenhouse gas emissions.

Sheep trample the grass, removing the need for lawnmowers. The remaining weeds create a natural habitat for bacteria, making the leaves bitter to pests and helping the winery reduce its insecticide usage by 70%. The sheep manure also offers a natural fertilizer for the grapes, WUSA 9 said.

“Each bottle of wine equals about as much carbon as a gallon of gas,” Winemaker Tom Croghan told WUSA 9. “Our goal was to adapt to the changing climatic conditions.” 

To learn more about the winery, which also uses solar panels to power its operation at 391 Dodon Road, watch WUSA 9's full video interview and visit

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