In business, athletics and community involvement, Karen Sposato has energy to burn.

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the August 2019 issue


When Karen Howard Sposato was in middle school, her mother was the school secretary. Karen watched her mom — how kind she was to every student, and how the students responded to her in return. And today, more than three decades later, those lessons still guide Sposato in living her life.

“The students loved my mother,” she says. “Everybody loves my mother, because she is so kind, and she’s genuine. I was always proud to be her daughter, and the way she is is in my heart. She is an exceptional woman, and she’s the essence of who I am.”


Sposato is co-owner and president of marketing and sales for Sposato Family Vineyards, with headquarters near Milton and a 250-acre vineyard in the Andean foothills of Argentina. She and her business partner, Tony Sposato, also own landscaping and irrigation companies, and are developing a housing community near Milton called The Vines of Sandhill.

But beyond that, as taught by her mother, this businesswoman is interested in doing whatever she can to support her community. She promotes fundraisers and participates in benefit runs, often winning in her age group. Through her companies, she volunteers with Wings of Hope, a fundraiser for Cancer Support Community Delaware, and also with Pathways to Success, which helps at-risk youth and their families. As part of the National Association of Landscape Professionals, she, Tony and about a half-dozen Sposato employees participate in the annual Renewal and Remembrance event at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, working on the lawn, trees, landscaping and irrigation at that hallowed site.


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