Visiting Boordy Vineyards feels like stepping back in time, thanks to the old-world charm of the 19th century buildings, large stone barn, and surrounding farm. Although the vineyard is large, the friendly staff makes a trip to Boordy feel personal by welcoming visitors and happily sharing their knowledge of wine and winemaking.
And Boordy has winemaking down to an art.
They produce over 20 varieties of wine, grouped in three series that suggest an easy guide for consumers and guarantee that everyone will find a Boordy wine they love. The “Landmark” series is the very best of each vintage year; the “Icons of Maryland” are designed with food in mind; and the “Just for Fun” series offers playful, sweet, party wines.
All of their wines are available for tasting in the vineyard’s classic stone tasting room. In addition to tastings, visitors can take part in a winery and vineyard tour. Boordy also offers special events most weekends, pairing Boordy wines with food or local musicians. The beautiful grounds are also available to rent for weddings or other private events.
Boordy was founded in 1945 by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner. The Wagner’s enthusiasm for experimentation and the winery’s rapid growth eventually lead to a partnership with the Deford family who purchased the Boordy name in 1980. The Defords moved the winery to its present day location at their Long Green Valley farm, just north of Baltimore. The farm has since been placed in permanent preservation with the Maryland Environmental Trust, demonstrating owner Rob’s commitment to agriculture.
To learn more, or plan your visit, check out Boordy Vineyards online at www.boordy.com.
Amanda Malik is an intern with the Maryland Wineries Association (MWA). For more about MWA, visit www.marylandwine.com. This blog is part of a series spotlighting Maryland’s wineries.