September 23, 2020
This was to be the year that Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, in Maryland’s Baltimore County, would enhance its already elevated profile among regional wine consumers by combining a series of small events with a fall gala and a social-media and marketing blitz to celebrate its 75th anniversary.
Then COVID hit.
Amid the closures and restrictions, the oldest winery in Maryland and among the oldest still operating on the East Coast has wound up with “a very modest recognition” of a milestone birthday, said Rob Deford, the owner and president. The Eastern Winery Expo recognized Deford and Boordy with its Lifetime Achievement Award in early March, at the onset of the pandemic.
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