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.
Phineas will earn an MBA from the University of Baltimore School of Business in the summer of 2011. He is currently working in the vineyards, but ultimately his areas of responsibility will extend throughout the company, with a focus upon the management of special projects such as the construction and renovation of buildings, development of alternative energy sources, and sustainability initiatives.
In the summer of 2009, John Levenberg, who holds a masters degree from the UC Davis School of Enology, was engaged as a consultant to work with the vineyard and winemaking teams. John’s specialty is the production of ultra-high quality wines which require minute attention to detail at every step of the production process, from vine to bottle. Wine lovers are encouraged to “stay tuned” as the results of these efforts are released in the coming years.
The interest in locally produced wines has grown markedly, as has the formation of new wineries in Maryland, which by the end of 2011 are projected to surpass fifty. The growth has brought an exciting dynamism to the industry, enhancing the market presence and political influence of Maryland’s wineries. The goal of convincing Marylander’s to “think globally, drink locally” is being realized, and the prospect for much needed reform of Maryland’s wine laws is finally moving from dream to reality.
Stewardship of the land and sustainable farming have always been core values within the Deford family, and will continue to be central themes at Boordy for the years ahead. In 2000, Long Green Farm was placed in perpetual preservation with the Maryland Environmental Trust, and the Deford family is active in land preservation efforts in the Long Green Valley, where over 2,700 acres are under easement. Boordy works closely with farmers in the region to promote locally grown foods and to strengthen the agricultural economy, with its attendant benefits of open space conservation, improved food quality, and energy efficiency.
??Indeed, while the winery today is dramatically different from the one founded by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner in 1945, it is also familiar. The goals are still make good table wines that will regularly grace the dinner table, and to foster the growth of an industry that holds much promise for Maryland. The dream of a decentralized regional agriculture - which includes wine production – is as worthy now as it was in the 1930’s when Philip and Jocelyn Wagner engaged in their quiet act of civil disobedience during the dark days of Prohibition. In a time when American agriculture is facing many difficult issues, and small independent farms are vanishing from the rural landscape, wineries offer a vital alternative for families seeking to preserve their land and traditions, make their farms profitable, and produce wines that their neighbors will enjoy.