Sunday, April 25, 2010

Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery Opening in May

In May of this year, the first winery in Dorchester County, Maryland will open. That's on the Eastern Shore. There's a lot of excitement in Maryland wine cricles on this new winery. Ribbon Cuuting Ceremony will be on May 21, 2010 and the Grand Opeing will be on May 28, 2010!

The Layton family has been farming in the Salem area of Dorchester County for several generations, on what is now 1800 acres known affectionately as Lazy Day Farms. Joseph H. Layton, Sr. bought the original farm in 1948, and farmed until 1981. In the mid-70s, Joseph H. Layton, Jr. and Laura Layton purchased Lazy Day Farms, which they still farm today with their son William. Over the years they have raised cattle and tomatoes; today they grow corn, soybeans, wheat and grapes. William and his wife Jennifer Layton, and their children Stephen and Alison, live on the Home Farm which is also the location of the new winery.

In an effort to diversify their farming operation the family reevaluated their business, and a few years ago joined Maryland’s growing wine trade. They planted their first grapes in 2007, choosing to grow grapes hardy and well-suited to the Eastern Shore. The name Layton’s Chance comes from a family property nearby, an indication of the strong family history in the area.

While the vines were climbing trellises, the Laytons took on different aspects of the project. Joe, Laura, William and Jennifer each own a quarter of the winery and make decisions by consensus, however each family member plays a distinct role. In the fall of 2009, the Laytons hired a few employees for vineyard and winery operations, and to help on the farm.
Layton's Chance Vineyard and Winery, LLC
4225 New Bridge Rd.
Vienna, MD 21869
phone: (410) 228-1205
fax: (410) 228-1210