Retreat Hill Winery & Vineyard Says Goodbye

Retreat Hill - medals

Retreat Hill Winery was our very first blog post so it is only fitting that we also bring the unfortunate news they announced on September 15th. After four years, Retreat Hill Winery & Vineyard will be closing.

Texas Star Winery

texasstar-logo Update 2014: Texas Star Winery has been sold and is now located in Chappell Hill. Texas Star Winery is located in Richards and is owned by Earl and Lyn Love. Earl also does the winemaking. He started making wine as a hobby over 20 years ago at home and after an involuntary retirement in 2008, Earl and Lyn decided to purchase land for a winery and opened it on August 28, 2010. On our first drive from Montgomery to the [Read More…]

Cork This! Winery

Cork This! - outside Cork This! Winery is located in the center of Montgomery and is owned by Karla Nash who is also the winemaker. Mike Phillips does help with the winemaking. The winery was opened in 2009. The last time we visited Cork This! we were fortunate Karla Nash was also present. Besides always being fun to talk to, Karla gave us a tour of the winery and their recent expansion which happened in June, 2013. Tours are available if Karla is [Read More…]

Peach Creek Vineyards

peachcreek-featured Peach Creek Vineyards is located in College Station and is owned by Ken and Donna Stolpman. Donna handles the tasting room while Ken does the winemaking. They first planted a test vineyard of 1/2 acre in January 2008 with Muscadine and Lenoir grapes. In January 2011 they planted an acre each of Noble and Magnolia Muscadines, one acre of Lenoir, 1/2 acre of Lomanto, and some Mustang grapes. Today they have a total of 5 acres of vineyards. Peach [Read More…]

Wine Trail Events

I recently published a post about spring and summer wine festivals. A comment was added from Bruce Anderson of Sunset Winery that I should list wine trail events. What a great idea! A lot of Texas wineries are on wine trails and they often have events throughout the year which feature different themes, special activities/wines at each winery, etc. It makes it easy to visit a number of wineries which are in close proximity to each other. Bottom line, they [Read More…]

Day Trip to Some Bluebonnet Wine Trail Wineries

Day Trip - Saddlehorn

We met up with some wine friends to visit a few Bluebonnet Wine Trail wineries during a day trip. It all started with Gloria and me deciding to go to Messina Hof for New Year’s Eve. Laurie and Shelly Ware from Cleburne decided to do the same. Dave and Kelli Potter from Frisco were going to be visiting family in the general area so we all decided to join up and visit a few wineries. We met at the Southern [Read More…]

Saddlehorn Winery

Saddlehorn - bridge Saddlehorn Winery is located on a 360 acre ranch in Burton and is very easy to find as it is not far from Highway 290 between Houston and Austin. The winery was opened in 2010 by Steve and Galin Morgan. The vineyard was planted in 2006 and consists of two acres of Blanc du Bois and one acre of Black Spanish grapes to make their Texas wine. As you enter the driveway, you eventually cross a wood and metal [Read More…]

Pleasant Hill Winery

Pleasant Hill - outside Pleasant Hill Winery is located in Brenham and is very easy to find off the main road. The winery is in a building resembling a barn at the top of the hill and is owned by Bob and Jeanne Cottle. We first visited Pleasant Hill during the summer. A tour is available at certain hours which take you to the winery cellar where the wine making process happens. Bob gave us the tour when we took it. Even though [Read More…]

Messina Hof, Hill Country

Messina Hof Guest Center

The largest wine trail in the state is the Texas Hill Country wine trail with 27 wineries at the moment. There are some fantastic wineries on the wine trail, and although it is a beautiful drive through the Hill Country, a lot of the wineries are far apart requiring more than a weekend if you want to visit them all. Fortunately, they have come up with a way to make it a little easier for you to taste the wines [Read More…]

Sister Creek, Lenoir-Sage, Colony Cellars

Sister Creek outside

We mentioned Sister Creek Vineyards previously so we thought it would be appropriate to talk about them this time. Also we thought we would discuss one nearby winery in addition to a winery we accidentally discovered while doing the Munson Wine Trail in the east Dallas area. Sister Creek Vineyards Sister Creek Vineyards is located in the “huge” town of Sisterdale, TX, population 25. When we first arrived at the Vineyard, it looked like a barn in this tiny [Read More…]