4th Generation & Farming the Land
The Boyden family has been farming the 800 acres of land in the valley for over 100 years. Frederick and Phila Boyden purchased the farm in 1914 alongside their nine children with only 28 head of dairy cows. Two of those sons, Winfred and Sterns helped to maintain the farm and eventually Winfred’s son Fred Boyden took over the farm with his wife Diancy in the 1970s. Today, Fred and Diancy’s children, David, Mark and Stephanie Boyden continue to cultivate the land with beef cattle, organic corn, hay, soy beans, a sugarbush with around 10,000 taps, a wedding barn, and a vineyard with cold climate grapes, rhubarb, and a winery.
Pioneers in Wine Industry in Northeast & First in VT
Boyden Valley Winery was one of the first licensed wineries in Vermont. David and Linda Boyden were pioneers in the wine industry using newly cultivated winter-hardy hybrid grapes from Minnesota and planting their first vines in 1996. While they waited for the first grape harvest, they began to craft fruit wines and created some of their most iconic varieties including Boyden’s Cranberry Wine. Their fruit wine roots inspired many of the partnerships still maintained today with other local Vermont farms and foster a philosophy of sustainability on the farm.
DAVID & LINDA BOYDEN – STARTING ANEW
All of our wines are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Many of the stainless tanks we used up until 2017 were re-purposed from milk tanks originally utilized when we had dairy cows! We ungraded to custom stainless steel wine tanks designed specifically for us in Italy to celebrate our 20 year anniversary in June of 2017. Stainless steel allows us to produce elegant, lively whites, and medium bodied reds full of character. Aged in time–honored French Oak casks our cellars yield mature, European–style wines.
Vermont is famous for its dairy farms and apple orchards. Boyden Valley Spirits is proud to be the first craft distilled company in the U.S. to specialize in cream liqueurs. David and Linda had the foresight to combine Boyden Valley Winery’s original Vermont Ice Cider, Vermont apple brandy, cream and maple syrup to create the award-winning Vermont Ice Maple Cream Liqueur loved by so many today.
Boyden Valley Winery Today
David and Linda are steadfast stewards of the land and the craft of creating old world style wines. They infuse Linda’s European influences with David’s passion to develop sustainable practices for the land into every product they develop. They work tirelessly to create delicious and well-balanced wines, spirits, and now ciders, which is evident in the more than 20 award-winning products, offered at Boyden Valley.
Boyden Valley Winery is open year round and visitors are invited to experience the wine making process from vine to bottle to see the passion put into every product.