Yesterday, we attended the opening of Boordy Vineyards’s new winery facility in Glen Arm.
Politicians, members of the community, wine connoisseurs, and local media were all present for grand opening of the 11,500-square-foot facility, as glasses of Boordy chardonnay and appetizers from Clementine were passed.
Speakers included Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, State Senator J.B. Jennings, and Boordy’s owner Robert Deford who all introduced the new winery with raised glasses, bundles of grapes, and large clippers to cut the vine at the grand opening.
“This state-of-the-art facility is cleverly disguised as a 19th-century barn,” Deford said. “We hope this helps raise the tides for everyone in the Maryland wine industry.”
The new winery gives Boordy Vineyards a 57 percent increase in capacity with approximately 62,000 more gallons of wine. The $2.8-million project features a new fermentation cellar, lab for wine analysis, bottling room, temperature controlled warehouse, cold room for grape storage, and Internet shipping room.
The new facility is intended to improve control over every step of the winemaking process, as well as provide energy efficient technologies—like a bio-retention area for winery wastewater and future solar installation.