Rob Deford
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Rob Deford 

Winery Owner

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As a lifelong Marylander, I succumbed to our state’s languid charms long ago. You will, too, if you stroll along one of our country roads on a summer evening when the wild roses and honeysuckle vines are blooming in profusion, the tree frogs are in full serenade, and the humid night air caresses your skin. Our landscape is soft and intimate, and it grows upon you so slowly that you scarcely realize that you are falling in love, but inevitably it will steal your heart.

As you drive throughout our state, keep on the lookout for wineries and vineyards tucked
into the landscape. These are family farms, like mine, that welcome visitors and are proud to share the fruits of their labors. Maryland’s geographic diversity and temperate climate make our state a kind of viticultural playground, where winemakers can experiment with a wide range of grapes and styles of wine.

When you take time to sample our wines, appreciate that you are tasting the sun, the soil, and especially the soul of Maryland.


Rob is president of Boordy Vineyards. Established in 1945, it is the oldest of more than 20 Maryland wineries. A handsome, 19th-century barn nestled in the Long Green Valleyof Baltimore County provides the setting for the production of Boordy’s award-winning wines. Visitors are welcomed daily, and seasonal events are held throughout the year.

To learn more, visit or the Maryland Wineries Association Web site,

DATE: 02/01/2015
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