Boordy Vineyards – Video

Welcome to our video podcast – Boordy Vineyards – Video Show #21.

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Located in Hydes, Maryland, Boordy Vineyards was founded by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner, who established Maryland’s first commercial winery in 1945. Boordy is probably best known for introducing new varieties of French hybrid grapevines throughout the United States in the 1930s. Since 1980, Boordy has been owned by the R.B. Deford family, and is located on their historic 240-acre farm in the Long Green Valley of northeastern Baltimore County. The winery is housed in a 19th century stone barn whose thick walls keep the wine at cellar temperatures throughout the year.
Proprietor and winemaker Rob Deford attended UC Davis, but as he put it, “there was never any doubt that I would come back here to Maryland to make wine.” This was his home. Boordy currently produces 70,000 gallons of wine annually. In addition to the three generations of Estate vines, forty acres of grapes are cultivated in the Long Green Valley (Central Piedmont region) and in the Catoctin Mountains of western Maryland. Varieties grown include chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, petit verdot, seyval blanc, and vidal blanc. Boordy’s winemaker since 1986 has been Tom Burns.
Join us as we talk with Rob Deford, and get a glimpse into the history of winemaking in the area.

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3 Responses to “Boordy Vineyards – Video”

  1. 1 Bob Snider Jul 25th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    My wife and I love visiting wineries when we travel to the Northeast. We visited several in the Finger Lakes region of New York several years ago. We’ll have to visit Boordy Vineyards in Maryland next time we’re up that way.

  2. 2 Charles Aug 6th, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I moved to Connecticut a couple years ago from Maryland. Used to visit Boordy about once a year. I don’t really drink, but the place is just a good day vacation destination. Lots of history and very beautiful. Just wanted to also note that Connecticut actually has its share a very nice (albeit small) vineyards as well. Be sure to visit if you are up north sometime.

  3. 3 Mark Oct 7th, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Nice video, wasn’t aware there was grape-growing in Maryland. But the latitude makes sense and with the right micro-climate it clearly can work.

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