Vinny Lupo – The Face of Passion in Texas Wine

Vinny Lupo

If you stopped by Hilmy Cellars in the past couple years, you most likely would have seen the large, friendly smile of Vinny Lupo greeting you. From all our travels throughout Texas visiting Texas wineries, there is no doubt that a great tasting guide makes your winery experience even more enjoyable, and Vinny does just that. I have often driven down Wine Road 290 and had to stop by Hilmy Cellars just to see Vinny’s smile, see what wines are [Read More...]

Road trip to Hye, Wine Road 290, and Mason

Hye Trip - bottles

We received an invitation by William Chris Vineyards to attend a concert they were having starring Texas artist Larry Joe Taylor. We gladly accepted and started planning a road trip to Wine Road 290 and the area for the weekend. On the way to our planned first stop, we made a quick change when we realized it had been a little while since we had visited Texas Hills Vineyard so we made a slight detour. Unfortunately we arrived to the winery [Read More...]

Grape Creek Vineyards – Georgetown and Main Street Fredericksburg Tasting Rooms

Grape Creek - Main Street outside

Grape Creek Vineyards is a very popular winery location in Fredericksburg and to help fans of their wines get more access to the wines, Grape Creek Vineyards has two tasting room locations. One is in nearby Fredericksburg on Main Street and the other is in the town of Georgetown. I visited both locations recently. Georgetown http://www.grapecreek.com/index.php/taste/grape-creek-georgetown The Georgetown location is in a renovated building on the town square across the street from the courthouse. It was easy to find among [Read More...]

Tour of Bending Branch Winery

Bending Branch - barrels

We have gone to Bending Branch Winery when we visit Fredericksburg and can escape south to Comfort and have enjoyed every visit. In the past year, we have met at various times both Jennifer Beckmann, Director of Marketing of Bending Branch, and John Rivenburgh, co-founder & VP of Winery and Vineyard Operations. At TEXSOM this year I got the chance to finally meet co-owner and winemaker Robert (Bob) Young. During my trip to Grape Camp this year, Jennifer Beckmann invited me [Read More...]

Grower Field Day, Seminar, and Benefit Dinner November 22

Grower Field Day

Texas Hill Country Wineries Grower Field Day and Benefit events have already raised over $27,000 for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and Fruit Lab. The “Grower Field Day and Consumer Education Seminar and Dinner” will be held starting at noon November 22 at Bending Branch Winery, 142 Lindner Branch Trail in Comfort. The event, presented by Texas Hill Country Wineries and sponsored by Bending Branch Winery and Hoover Valley Vineyards, will benefit the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Viticulture and [Read More...]

Updated Texas Wineries since Our Last Visit

Perissos winery

We have visited a number of wineries in the past year. Unfortunately we do not get to visit them again soon after, but I took the time to revisit some of the Texas wineries which I knew had made recent changes. Hye Meadow Winery When we last visited Hye Meadow Winery the winery had just opened and the production room had not yet been working and full of equipment. When I went to the 2013 Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association [Read More...]

2013 Grape Camp

2013 Grape Camp - crowd

I attended the first day of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) 2013 Grape Camp. Grape Camp is a two day event with educational sessions for grape growers. Also available are vendor exhibits with the focus on grape growing. This year the first day was geared toward the new grape grower or people wanting to start growing grapes. The second day included educational sessions leaning toward topics for experienced growers. One of the nice things about Grape Camp is [Read More...]

Hill Country Road Trip in a Van

Flat Creek tasting

A very common way to visit wineries today is with a tour company and limo/van. The advantage to this besides letting an experienced person/group know where to take you is to have a designated driver. We were invited by friends to stay the weekend at the beautiful Island on Lake Travis in Lago Vista. There were going to be a total of four couples and we were going to rent a van for Saturday to take us to wineries. This is [Read More...]

Inwood Estates Vineyards – Fredericksburg

Inwood FBG - outside

http://www.inwoodwines.com Inwood Estates Vineyards has locations in Dallas and Florence, and now there is a facility in Fredericksburg. I stopped by to visit the new location which is easy to find among other nearby wineries on US Highway 290. Walking into the winery, you are pointed to the left for the reserve tasting room & winery and to the right for the wine bistro & fun. I headed into the tasting room first.

Alexander Vineyards

Alexander Vineyards - Brut

http://alexandervineyards.com Alexander Vineyards is located in Fredericksburg and is owned by Claude Alexander. The winery opened July, 2013. When I visited with some wine friends, Claude was providing tastings in his house by appointment only but the Alexander Vineyards tasting room will be opening officially on September 19th. He is hoping to break ground and open the winery in the first quarter of 2014. I had followed Alexander Vineyards on Facebook and the progress they were making in getting their [Read More...]