http://dotsoncervanteswines.com Wines of Dotson-Cervantes is located in Pontotoc and is owned by Alphonse Dotson and Martha Cervantes. The winery opened November, 2014. We have met Alphonse and Martha a few times over the years including the last time we were in Pontotoc and at the time the winery was just being remodeled from a historic building. Now that the winery was open, we were excited to visit.
For the conclusion of using our Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass, the last wine trail event was the 2014 Holiday Wine Trail. The trail would include the booklet for marking down the four full wine tastings per day like in the previous wine trail event, but the Holiday trail also included a Christmas ornament. We started the trip on a Friday just like last time as Fridays give a more pleasurable experience at a winery without the crowds. We [Read More…]
After 39 years of winemaking in Tow, Texas, owners Ed and Susan Auler have opened a second Fall Creek Vineyards location in Driftwood, Texas. The property is a perfect fit for the Aulers who were looking to purchase land to build a green (energy saving) building in close proximity to Salt Lick Vineyard. A gorgeous and very spacious home with property recently became available and it was quickly fashioned into what is now the new tasting room. The new building [Read More…]
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pemberton-Cellars/1963402563800457 Pemberton Cellars is located in Granbury and is owned by Jeff and Lynn Pemberton with their son Dax Pemberton. The winery opened on June 14, 2014. I first met Jeff Pemberton at Newsom Grape Day and later had a chance to visit him at his winery. Pemberton Cellars is very easy to find with a large 7.5 acre vineyard planted in front of the vineyard. As I learned later from Jeff, the vineyard was planted in 2009.
http://www.compassrosecellars.com Compass Rose Cellars has their production located in Mason but the tasting room is in Hye. However, the plan is to eventually move the production to Hye also on the 35 acre lot. The winery is owned by Mark Watson and Robert Nida is the winemaker. The winery opened January 28, 2011, and the tasting room opened in the summer of 2014. While visiting Hye Market and Hye End Tasting Room one time, we ran into Mark Watson who [Read More…]
http://pontotocvineyard.com Pontotoc Vineyard is located in Pontotoc with a tasting room in downtown Fredericksburg. The winery is owned by D. Carl and Frances Money. We visited the winery under construction back in May, 2013, and our last visit was to the tasting room in Fredericksburg. A vineyard is located at the Pontotoc winery location which was first planted in 2006. Carl’s uncle Ronnie Money helps manage the estate vineyard. Winemaker Don Pullum provides the winemaking skills for Pontotoc Vineyard. Pontotoc [Read More…]
As you probably are aware, October is Texas Wine Month. That meant there was no doubt Gloria and I had to go on a road trip. We still had the Texas Hill Country Wineries season pass we won at the silent auction at the TWGGA Conference in February, so it was only fitting we head to the Hill Country. Since Texas Wine Lover recently started a podcast (subscribe on iTunes or listen on Stitcher), our first stop was Bending Branch [Read More…]
AUSTIN, TX, October 22, 2014 — One of Texas’ first and most respected wineries, Fall Creek Vineyards, is expanding by opening a new tasting room and production facility in Driftwood, Texas. The second winery location will feature an elegant Hill Country estate on 17 beautiful acres adjacent to Onion Creek, and is well situated to become tasting destination for both tourists and locals alike.