As we start settling into local wine harvest here in Maryland, a dream comes true for one local winery, a new production facility five years in the making is unveiled to local dignitaries, press and family. Boordy Vineyards, the oldest winery in Maryland, 68 years old, held its official vine cutting ceremony inaugurating their state of the art winery.
One of the goals with the new building was to keep the same aesthetics of a 19th century barn where as the interior houses thirty-two new stainless fermentation tanks that incorporate state-of-the-art technology for optimum wine. A new laboratory and temperature controlled room for bottled wine storage were also created.
It has been about 14 years since this writer has been out to Boordy Vineyards and forgot how beautiful it is to drive up to their grounds and see the grapes on the vine, the iconic farm buildings, and enjoy the open space and fresh air. Guests were greeted with the fine wines of Boordy Vineyard and the delicious fare of Clementine Restaurant.
Boordy farms 45 acres of vines between its two vineyard locations, and produces over 100,000 gallons of wine annually. It is considered one of Baltimore County’s most popular tourist destinations, receiving over 60,000 visitors each year. In addition to producing wines, Boordy hosts a number of farmer’s markets, special events and concerts on the property.
“We have learned from our many decades of experience that Maryland-grown wines can stand shoulder to shoulder with any in the world. This project demonstrates our faith in our state’s climate and soils. We are excited to have our new winery ready for the 2013 vintage as it will enhance our ability to produce, monitor, and store our wines using the best methods available today,” said Rob Deford, President of Boordy Vineyards.
Currently, Boordy Vineyards produces three series of wines including the Landmark Series, the Icons of Maryland and the Just for Fun. The Landmark Series, produced in limited quantities, are hand crafted wines sourced from 100% Maryland grown grapes and include Pinto Grigio, Chardonnay, Chardonnay Reserve, Dry Rose, South Mountain Red, Landmark Reserve, Merlot Reserve, Cabernet Franc Reserve, Veritas Port, and Reisling. The 2010 Landmark Reserve won the prestigious 2012 Maryland Governor’s Cup Gold Medal, “Best Red Blend” and overall “Best in Show.” More recently, Boordy’s 2012 Dry Rose won a 2013 Winemaster’s Choice Gold Medal and Best Rose.
The Icons of Maryland are food friendly and feature labels that showcase engravings of beloved Maryland wildlife such as the Baltimore Oriole and Rockfish, among others. They include Petit Cabernet, Shiraz, Chambourcin Merlot, Seyval-Chardonnay-Vidal, Boordy Blush, Vidal Blanc, and Riesling. The Just for Fun wine series expresses the belief that there is always a time and occasion for wine and are sweet party style wines. They include White Sangria, Tango Peach, Viva Sangria, Jazz Berry, and Spiced Wassail.
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