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Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

Old Westminster Winery

Just two months after graduating from college, Andrew Baker helped plant 10,000 estate vines at his family’s property in Westminster. It was the start of a new winery that has become both a business and a passion for the 28-year-old.

Old Westminster Winery now employs 12 workers, partners with six local farmers and produces 30,000 bottles of wine each year. This year, the business will open a tasting room. Baker himself personally manages more than 60 retail and restaurant accounts, including Baltimore’s trendy Woodberry Kitchen and Wit & Wisdom at Harbor East’s Four Seasons Hotel.

In 2014 and 2015, Old Westminster Winery earned the Governor’s Cup for best white wine and white wine blend, respectively.

Baker also strives to use the family business to provide basic needs to citizens around the world. With that goal in mind, Old Westminster Winery pledges $1 from each bottle sold to provide access to clean water and education to those who need it. Last year, they provided funds for a school in Uganda to purchase two 5,000-liter rainwater harvesters to collect water for its 300 students.  Baker plans to visit Uganda this August and to continue the quest to turn wine into water.

“We think water is such a basic necessity and it’s remarkable how many people don’t have access to it,” he said. “And it’s a problem we can do our part to curb.”