The Burnt Hill Project is a forthcoming vineyard and wine brand by the Old Westminster team. A visionary exercise and exploration of Maryland terroir, they hope to further their mission of creating exceptional, low-intervention wines from thoughtfully and biodynamically farmed vines with The Burnt Hill Project. With nearly unprecedented intention, OW selected the land specifically for it’s potential for growing red wine grapes, with an eye towards soil composition, biology and aspect. It is this intention and attention to detail that informs their process all the way through to the glass. Compounded by their passionate commitment to leading their winemaking with sound biodynamic farming practices, and value of the natural, low-intervention method, The Burnt Hill Project is situated to be a vineyard and winery that defies comparison in the United States.
The logo is a portrait of sensible and ambitious winemaking. The sun, just (dis)appearing at the crest of the hill, sprays beams upwards and shadows down. This also creates a network of deep roots, which can alternately be read as a soil map – irregular, geometric and contained in the clean arc of the hillside. The patterns contained in the horizons both differentiate the soil types, but also hint at the simultaneous diversity and repetition of the innumerable tasks that create winemaking.
The sun’s rays reach the edges of the atmosphere, leading further up into the cosmos, which take the shape of a labyrinth. This adds further dimension to the process of winegrowing and winemaking. The path is not always clear but there is both wisdom and direction in the stars. Winemaking is a complex process to steward, and the path to creating exceptional biodynamic, low-intervention wines are alinear.
The Burnt Hill Project logo is an engaging, dynamic and complex picture of the multifarious and singular identity that BHP will grow to embody.