Vineyard and Winery, Maryland
About Our Name .....
Cool Ridge Vineyard sits atop the ridge that terraces down to
Cool Hollow and the Antietam Creek.
So we are Cool Ridge Vineyard on Cool Ridge,
located on Cool Hollow Road......
and we think that is pretty COOL!
About Our Logo.....
We celebrate our German and Dutch Heritage with our
Family Crest of the Church Bell and Windmill.
( The German name Glocker means "Ringer of the Church Bell" and the Windmill signifies Holland... a nice blend!)
A Little Background......
The grape grower and vintner, Gerhard Glocker, spent some of his early years helping his Uncle in Heidelberg, Germany with his vineyard and winemaking. After immigrating to the USA in 1960, he lived in Hagerstown and graduated from North High. He served his country in Vietnam and returned to attend University of Md and graduated with a degree in Geography. He then pursued a 25 year career of Management and Sales in the Transportation industry, and then a second 19 year career in Real Estate along side his wife, Suzanne.
Having lived on Cool Ridge in the home they built since 1996, sitting on the front porch looking over his terracing south facing slopes each day, he decided in 2008 to build his early childhood dream of planting grapes and making wine. Of course, at the time it was to be a "hobby"..... the rest is history and today he has established a 15 acre vineyard with 9 varietals of vinifera vines and from those grapes he has crafted award-winning wines of distinction.
A Labor of Love
and of Family Pride!
Our goal is to grow grapes and produce wines of the highest quality by maintaining hands-on, personal nurturing of
each grape grown and
each bottle of wine released.
Cool Ridge Vineyard just received a 91 Pt score from James Suckling, renown wine critic! He described our 2015 Cool Red
"Very nicely assembled blend with a swathe of rich plums, blueberries, cassis and mulberries, framed in attractively spicy oak. 38 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 29 per cent Cabernet Franc, 22 per cent Merlot and 11 per cent Petit Verdot. Drink or hold."