Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Maryland, was the first entrant into Maryland’s modern wine culture. Established in 1945, it reinvigorated an industry that officially has been around since 1648. Tenis Palee is the first Marylander on record to have produced wine. In 1662, Governor Charles Calvert introduced European grapes to Maryland, planting some 200 acres.
Since the Maryland Wineries Association began keeping statistics in 2001, the local wine industry has enjoyed remarkable growth. In 2001, the state produced 438,866 bottles, valued at $6.14 million. A little over a decade later, in 2013, Maryland producers corked 1.74 million bottles, worth some $26.1 million in sales.
Maryland now has about 120 acres of soil dedicated to wine cultivation. The roughly 80 Maryland wine producers comprise a majority of total grape producers. (Annual grape yield averages 800 tons.) Vineyards turn out 420 different types of wine each year.
In this class we will explore many of the great producers of wine in our home state by tasting and comparing the same varietal side by side with wines from famous wine regions.
$25 ($10 credit towards purchase)
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