Fat Ass Ranch & Winery is located in Fredericksburg and is owned by Gail and Jennie McCulloch. The winery opened on May 17th and is located on Highway 290, so it is very easy to find.
Fat Ass Ranch & Winery flew under the radar as to a new winery opening in Fredericksburg until I was asked by a friend about a week before them opening if I knew who they were. It was a little confusing as they said it looked like it might be a distillery since an old moonshine still was in front the winery. Information was soon obtained and we planned on visiting the winery during our Memorial Day weekend trip with friends to Fredericksburg.
Since the winery was new and there had not been much information about them, not even a website or Facebook page, I was expecting to find a winery in progress. I was pleasantly surprised to find a polished winery which was ready for business and ready to welcome customers.
When you first arrive at the winery, you pick up immediately on the theme of the winery which is you are in Texas. The outside has a large seating area complete with the back of a bus with cushions, a contraption which looks like the moonshine still mentioned but has the end result of wine, tractor, men’s and women’s restrooms built from silos, and more. The outside décor continued inside the winery and you could tell the person responsible for it had a lot of fun with the theme and was very imaginative. We learned the person was co-owner Jennie McCulloch who is the owner of the store “Shoulda Been a Cowboy” located on Main Street in Fredericksburg. She made most of the themed items along with the help of friends.
Angie greeted us and led us through our tasting. There is a tasting fee for four wines and you stand at the large tasting bar to do a tasting. The wines are poured using a measured pourer and the tasting fee includes keeping your tasting glass.
These are the wines which are currently available:
- Dry White (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay)
- Dry Red (Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc)
- Sweet White (Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay with a little sugar added)
- Sweet Red (Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc)
As you can tell, the dry and sweet wines are the same blends made in two different styles. All wines use 100% Texas grapes as they are made by Texas Custom Wine Works, and of course are very good. Soon to be offered are a Peach wine and Watermelon wine. The winery also plans on making wines for different holidays throughout the year. All wines are currently priced the same.
The winery already has a wine club and plans on offering live music with food trucks. The gift shop is very large at the winery and we were told Jennie’s store in town has similar gifts. What I found surprising were the number of items already available with the Fat Ass Ranch & Winery logo and name on them. You could tell detailed planning had already gone into the winery.
Angie told us a vineyard will be planted on the side of the winery. That should look great along with the outdoor area already present.
Naming your winery Fat Ass Ranch & Winery shows they are planning on having fun at the winery and it will be interesting to watch their progression in the upcoming years.