Jesus and Nora Borjón first came to the Shenandoah Valley by way of Guanajuato, Mexico, more than 30 years ago.
While Nora cared for their three children, Jesus worked tirelessly in the local vineyards to build a comfortable life for his family. By 1991, the couple had enough money saved to establish a small labor contracting and vineyard management company, but as their business developed, so too did their desire to one day open a winery of their own. Having spent his entire life among the vines, their son, Isy, shared that dream and was more than qualified to make it a reality. At just 19, his leadership abilities were tested when he took the helm at the family’s contracting company, and by 2009, Borjón Winery’s tasting room had officially opened its doors. With the help of his parents, Isy and his wife, Eliana, have become the proud owners of a thriving winery where quality and production levels continue to grow with each passing year. When it comes to his trade, Isy’s philosophy is simple—he believes all good wine starts in the vineyard. “You can’t make good wine without good grapes,” he explains, “and you can’t make good wine with bad grapes.” The rise from farm hand to winemaker has been a swift one within the Borjón family, thanks in part to the help of supportive friends and neighbors. “Grape growing and winemaking is a form of art,” Isy shares. “It’s nice to bring this art together that, in turn, will bring people together.”
Style’s Sip of the Day: 2011 Diferente Red Wine
Borjón’s popular cowboy logo was designed by Isy and based on a photo of his father.
11270 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth
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