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...]

Bella Vista Ranch

Bella Vista-featured Bella Vista Ranch is located in Wimberley and is owned by Jack and Pat Dougherty. At the same location they also own First Texas Olive Oil Co. It had been a few years since we were last at Bella Vista Ranch so it was definitely time for a return visit. I saw they provide a 1 1/2 hour tour of the olive orchard, olive mill, and winery on weekends, but I could never get the timing correct to visit [Read More...]

Sergio Cuadra of Fall Creek Vineyards Winemaker Profile

Sergio Cuadra Featured

Sergio Cuadra is the new winemaker at Fall Creek Vineyards who started last August, 2013. Sergio came to Texas from Chile and owners Ed and Susan Auler are very excited to have him on board. Sergio was happy to answer our questions about himself and winemaking. What did you do before becoming a winemaker (if anything)? Back in 1994 after finishing my agronomy engineering studies, I went right to work for big guys like Viña San Pedro and Viña Concha y [Read More...]

Red Wing Dove Vineyard and Winery

Red Wing Dove - outside Red Wing Dove Vineyard and Winery is located in Hamilton and is owned by Ellis and Susan Vandiver. Ellis manages the vineyard while Susan handles the winemaking duties. They planted a vineyard in 2006 and the winery opened Labor Day weekend in 2013. In July 2004, Ellis and Susan purchased approximately 80 acres of land in Hamilton County. Hamilton also happens to be the Dove Capital of Texas where a yearly Dove Festival is held. The Vandivers both love [Read More...]

Christoval Vineyards and Winery

Christoval - Tasting Room Christoval Vineyards and Winery is located in Christoval which is south of San Angelo. The vineyard was first established in 1985 with Cabernet and Riesling being planted in the first two fields. In 2008, San Angelo natives Drexell “Drex” and Nancy Vincent purchased the estate. More vines were planted in 2008 and the winery was bonded in November 2010. The tasting room opened the day after Thanksgiving in 2011. Drex manages the vineyard and estate. The winery and tasting [Read More...]

Wine Enthusiast Names Texas Hill Country One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations

Texas Hill Country Wineries

AUSTIN, TX (January 15, 2014) – The Texas Hill Country Wineries announced today, it has been selected as one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014″ by Wine Enthusiast magazine in their January issue.  The non-profit association boasts 38 wineries located in Central Texas. Each year, the magazine narrows from the hundreds of global wine regions they visit to just 10 for this annual ‘best of’ list.  Included among the selected wine regions, Texas Hill Country is one [Read More...]

Stone House Vineyard

Stone House - outside Stone House Vineyard is located in Spicewood and is owned by Angela and Howard Moench. The vineyard of almost seven acres of Norton grapes was planted in 1999 and the winery opened in 2005. Howard Moench is a physician who works in Houston, designed the winery which is constructed with limestone blocks each weighing over 2,000 pounds. Refrigeration panels are used in the large barrel room and tank room which also house the open top stainless steel fermenters.

The Boerne Wine Company

Boerne Wine Company - outside The Boerne Wine Company is located in Boerne and they opened on April 1, 2010. This is a business where the owner prefers to remain anonymous. I received an email from Tom Geoghegan last year inviting me to visit The Boerne Wine Company when I was in the area. I had previously looked at their website while making sure my list of Texas wineries was up-to-date, but they seemed like a wine bar instead of a winery. Tom confirmed they [Read More...]

Bending Branch Winery – Branch on High

Branch on High - outside Bending Branch Winery opened a new tasting room earlier this year in the town of Comfort called Branch on High. The tasting room is on High Street. See the play in words? This makes a nice location for stopping in for a glass of wine or buying your bottles of wine there instead of just at the winery.  

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 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...]