Guide to Boordy Vineyards and Winery

Karen Frazier
Boordy Vineyard

Boordy Vineyards is a family-owned Maryland winery that was established in 1945 and bottled its first commercial vintage in 1946. The Deford family purchased the winery in 1980, and Rob Deford III is the winemaker. Today, the winery produces award-winning dry, semi-sweet, and sweet wines. Some of Boordy's wines contain 100% Maryland grapes, and some are sourced from estate vineyards both in and out of Maryland.

Boordy Vineyards Wines

Boordy Vineyards produces two different wine series.

Boordy Vineyards Landmark Series

Produced with 100% of their grapes grown in the state of Maryland in Baltimore and Frederick County, the Landmark Series consists of both red and white wines and produced in limited quantities.

  • Pinot Gris is a dry white grown at the Long Green vineyard and the Birch View vineyard. Expect to pay around $17 per bottle.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is reserved for members of Boordy Vineyards' wine club. It's a dry white with moderate acidity and costs around $20 per bottle.
  • Albariño, a Spanish white wine grape, is an aromatic dry white. It costs around $20 per bottle. Boordy also offers a reserve Albariño that costs around $35 per bottle.
  • Viognier is another aromatic white, often used in Rhône blends. Here, the grape is allowed to shine on its own in a balanced white that costs around $26 per bottle.
  • Reserve Chardonnay is available only to Boordy's wine club members. It's aged in oak, so it has hints of citrus and pineapple with a nice, creamy finish. It costs around $35 per bottle.
  • Rosé from Boordy is a delicate pink made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Expect notes of cherries and rose petals in a wine that costs about $17.
  • South Mountain Red is a red blend containing Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Expect flavors of tart cherry and cedar. The wine costs about $26.
  • Cabernet Franc is a classic Bordeaux grape. Here, it is allowed its full expression in a varietal wine that has 5% Merlot blended in for softness. It costs around $37. Boordy also has a $44 reserve Cabernet Franc that received a 90-point rating from James Suckling.
  • Merlot Reserve costs about $45. While the wine is primarily Merlot, it also has Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Syrah blended in for added complexity.
  • Landmark Reserve is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Syrah aged 18 months in French oak barrels. It costs around $45 per bottle.
  • Lost Order No. 191 is a wine available exclusively to wine club members. It's primarily Petit Verdot with other varietals blended including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. It costs around $60 per bottle.
  • Veritas Ruby Port is a fortified sweet wine made from Chambourcin and other grapes aged in oak barrels. Expect aromas of fig and eucalyptus in a $20 wine.

Chesapeake Icons

The Chesapeake Icons from Boordy Vineyards are made from grapes grown in Maryland and sourced from surrounding states. The screw top wines are approachable, affordable, and pair well with food, and they all cost under $20 per bottle.

  • Chardonnay is a balanced dry white varietal aged in stainless steel. .
  • Seyval Chardonnay Vidal is a blend of three white varietals. It's aged in stainless steel, resulting in a dry white with notes of herbs and tropical fruits.
  • Vidal Blanc is a semi-sweet white with tropical notes and a clean finish.
  • Riesling is lightly sweet and aromatic balanced with nice acidity.
  • Boordy Blush is a lightly sweet blush wine with melon and strawberry notes.
  • Terra Maria is a Chambourcin-based fruity red blend that's meant to be food-friendly.
  • Petit Cab is a Cabernet Sauvignon wine meant to be easy drinking and approachable.
  • Syrah is a full-bodied, jammy red.
  • Chambourcin-Merlot is a red blend that's lightly sweet. It's an easy drinker.

Visiting Boordy Vineyards

Boordy Vineyards is located at 12820 Long Green Pike in Hydes, Maryland in the picturesque Long Green Valley. It's located within driving distance from Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington DC, and Frederick, so it's a lovely day trip for people living in or visiting those cities. The winery is open for wine tasting and tours daily. Monday through Saturday hours are from 10 AM to 4:30 PM and Sunday hours are from 1 PM to 4:30 PM. The vineyard offers a few different tasting experiences including the $10 traditional tasting of 7 wines with an included logo wine glass, and a $15 Landmark Series tasting that allows visitors to taste 7 of the winery's premium wines. Private tours and wine tastings are also available for $25 per person with reservations required. Visit Boordy's tasting page for more information.

wine tasting in the barrel room

Boordy Vineyards Wine Shop

You can buy Boordy Vineyards wines online or in their wine shop, which is located on the vineyard property. The wine shop is open daily until 5 PM. Monday through Saturday it opens at 10 AM, and Sundays it opens at 1 PM. The shop also has a limited selection of foods available.

Boordy Vineyards Wine Club

If you'd like to become a member of Boordy Vineyards' wine club, you can sign up at the winery or online. You'll have many options depending on the times and amount of wines you'd like to receive. Members also receive reduced shipping rates, discounts on purchases, complimentary tastings, and invitations to wine club events. Wine club pricing ranges from around $50 to $600 depending on the level and wines.

Events

Boordy Vineyards also hosts events year-round including music concerts and festivals. It also provides event space as a rental for private events. The four event spaces have capacities ranging from 30 to 280 guests.

Enjoy a Taste of Maryland

If you love wine and you're in the area, stop by Boordy Vineyards. You'll find a vast selection of affordable and delicious wines that reflect the land from which they come.

Guide to Boordy Vineyards and Winery