Millstone Cellars is a father son run business with the vision of creating intriguing ciders and meads using the best local ingredients. They have spent the last decade, experimenting and refining hard cider and mead making techniques using Old World methods. Their winery operates out of the refurbished Monkton Mill, an old 1840’s grist mill, which is a perfect example of their approach to business and life.
As an up-and-coming cidery, we wanted create images to show what sets Millstone apart from their competition as well as what truly makes them a gem of the Washington DC area - their crew. Over several trips to Millstone Cellars, we documented their operations with the main objective of not just showing the process but also the relationship between agriculture (locally-sourced ingredients) and their cider making. We accomplished this by photographing the millstone crew at every part of the process from farm to glass. We took a natural photojournalistic approach, and by the end of time together, we felt a part of the Millstone crew and become some of their best customers.