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- Grapes harvested at Boyden Valley Winery & Spirits
On December 2, owner David Boyden announced on social media that the winery will "change its course" in 2021, closing its retail tasting room and ceasing production of its wines and ciders. Moving forward, the business will focus on its liqueurs: Vermont Ice Maple Crème, Apple Crème and Maple Bourbon Crème. Boyden will also continue to make Glögg, its mulled, spiced wine.
"The wine business has been fantastic for us over the years," Boyden told Seven Days on Monday. "My wife Linda and I started the business in 1997, and the whole process of growing grapes here, making wine and innovating new products has been great. It's just the time for us to change the business format."
The line of cream liqueurs, which first launched in 2010, features wood-fired maple syrup made on the Cambridge farm, as well as Boyden's own apple brandy. Boyden said the company will focus on wholesale, selling the products through local liquor stores and eventually increasing distribution beyond the Northeastern states where they're currently available. "But first we're looking to take a bit of a break," he said.
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- David Keck in the vineyard at Boyden Valley Winery in Cambridge
"[Keck] approached us to lease the vineyard, and we're super happy that he's involved," Boyden explained. "The last thing we wanted to do was see a vineyard in Vermont no longer be in production."