Imagine relaxing among the beauty of the estate, enjoying world-class wines and taking in the abundance of wildlife that call the Eastern Shore their home: Bald Eagles, Great Blue Herons, and Snowy Egrets, just to name a few. Our name, Bordeleau "The Water's Edge" was chosen to reflect not only the distinctive environment where we hand-harvest our grapes, but also the favorable climate similarities to the Bordeaux region of France. We invite you to come and savor the unique Bordeleau experience, where our mission is to create our own world-class wines...a little closer to home.
We are located just south of Salisbury, Maryland, nestled between the gentle slopes of the Wicomico Creek.
- Offering word class wines with a touch of nature!
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After the 2003 plantings, Tom had to make a decision regarding starting a commercial winery. Weather and soils are critical to the production of good wines, so he had to convince himself that grapes grown on his property could consistently lead to the production of good wines. After considerable deliberation he decided to seek his commercial license in the summer of 2006. With the renewed commitment, eight and one half acres of plantings were added from 2007 to 2011, including new varieties such as Malbec, Petite Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, and Muscat.
Practices & Techniques
Red wines are made in a totally different manner. The grapes are graded on a moving belt and then go into a destemming machine. The destemmer separates the grapes from the stems and breaks the skin on the grapes, then drops the fruit into large bins which are used for fermentation. The key to red wine making is the extraction of color from the skins of the grapes and the extraction of tannins from the skins and seeds of the grapes. After approximately 14 days the finished wine is then pressed to separate the wine from skins and seeds. After pressing, red wine is then transferred to oak barrels for aging. Most of Bordeleau's red wines age for a minimum of 24 months in a temperature-controlled room.
The oak barrels are made from white oak and are procured from forests in many different areas of the world. Barrels from different regions impart different aromatics and flavors to the finished wine.