Unrelenting Commitment to Quality, Robin Sagoskin
Celebrating Women in Maryland’s Wine Industry
It is evident women impact the Maryland wine industry. Women influence the industry in so many aspects. Winemaker, vineyard manager, tasting room manager, and owner/operator are a few are the roles women play. If you think about it, it should not be surprise women play an active role in wine. Viticulture is the science of growing grapes which is essentially is farming. Traditionally in agrarian cultures, women are an integral part of managing and operating farms. Robin Sagoskin, Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard proprietor, speaks to this fact during our Celebrating Women in Maryland’s wine industry chat.
We discussed the prominent role women have in the wine industry like the equestrian industry. Robin’s equine roots run deep. Robin and her husband, Art, established Hidden Hills as a horse farm several years ago. It is a premier boarding facility that welcomes all equestrian disciplines in Frederick, MD. It is home to 14 horses. The vineyard overlooks the pastures and horse facilities. It is quite beautiful and a delightful escape.
It was a natural transition from horses to grapes. The worlds can be very similar according to Robin. She applied the similarities to develop and to grow the vineyard. Robin also has a talent for business and finances. She began her career in the financial sector. We discussed how wine can be intimidating, but Robin takes the challenge head-on. If she can handle a 1,000-pound horse, then the wine industry is a piece of cake. She is unafraid to say she doesn’t know and ask questions. She is naturally curious and eager to learn. Robin surrounds herself with the most knowledgeable people and a team that is equally passionate about customer service and wine. She and her team are committed to providing their customers a quality experience. This may explain why Hidden Hills has achieved success in a short period. Hidden Hills is one of Maryland’s newer vineyards in the acclaimed Linganore AVA. She attributes Hidden Hills success to her talented team.
Our chat with Robin took place in Hidden Hills tasting room. You feel at home when you enter the tasting room. Maybe it’s because Robin and Art converted a portion of their home into the winery tasting room. Or perhaps it’s because the staff is extremely welcoming and you are treated as a part of the family. So much so, Vino 301 guests never want to leave. There are subtle hints of the horse farm in the tasting room. As you watch the video, you may notice the saddle in the background.
Coming this summer, Hidden Hills is moving the tasting room to another building on the farm. Robin promises the newer and larger tasting room will be equally as inviting. She never wants to lose that feeling and quality of service. Can’t wait to visit the new location! Knowing Robin it will be just as spectacular, if not more than, as the current tasting room. Please enjoy our discussion.
We love to hear from you. Who do you know who is making an impact in Maryland’s wine industry?
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