Six decades of Maryland wine
1930 - 1980 J. & P. Wagner
1980 - 2011 R. B. Deford Family
Boordy Vineyards has played a seminal role in the renaissance of regional wines in America. Founders Philip and Jocelyn Wagner established Maryland's first commercial winery in Baltimore City in 1945, and their success at producing classically-styled wines inspired many pioneers around the country to follow their example.
In 1980 Boordy was purchased by the R. B. Deford family - who had been grapegrowers for the winery since 1965 - and was relocated to 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 massive walls provide an ideal environment for the production and aging of wine. Rob Deford, who received training in enology at the University of California, Davis manages Boordy with his wife Julie Colhoun Deford. Boordy currently produces 97,000 gallons of wine annually and cultivates forty acres of grapes in the Long Green Valley (Central Piedmont region) and in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western Maryland.
For a more complete history of our winery, we invite you to read on.
1930 - 1965 The Early Years; J. & P. Wagner, props.
It was a quiet act of civil disobedience that led to the founding of Boordy Vineyards in 1945. Fed up with Prohibition, and determined to help the decimated American wine industry get back on its feet, Philip and Jocelyn Wagner planted a small grapevine nursery on their property in Riderwood, Maryland in the early 1930s. Click here to continue...
1965-1980 Cooperating Growers, Deford Family
In the mid-1960s, Philip Wagner began seeking additional growers of Maryland grapes to supply his expanding business, thus bringing the Deford family into the Boordy story. Click here to continue...
1980 - 2000 R. B. Deford Family, Proprietors
From the outset, the Defords took Boordy Vineyards in a new direction. Guided by Rob’s training in enology, and inspired by the emerging California “boutique” wine movement, the Defords set out to make wines that would explore the full potential of Maryland’s climate & soil. Click here to continue...
2000 Boordy in the new millenium
As Boordy celebrated its 55th year and calendars rolled into the new millennium, Boordy's management undertook a complete review of the company with the goal of preparing for competition in an industry that was undergoing rapid change and globalization. Click here to continue...
2010 The Road Ahead
In September 2008, Rob’s son, Phineas Deford, joined the winery ushering in the third generation of the Deford family to work in the company. Click here to continue...