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...]
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...]
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...]
http://hawksshadow.com Hawk’s Shadow Estate is located in Dripping Springs and is owned by Doug Reed, Tom Reed, and Chip Concklin. The winery is having an open house on November 2-3, 2013 (this weekend) and appointments for tastings will be available after. I was invited with other media to a special preview prior to the Open House. In the hills of Dripping Springs, I found the winery and open deck overlooking the beautiful valley and hillside including one of the two [Read More...]
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...]
A wine and food festival called the Tango of the Vines will be coming soon to San Antonio on Saturday, November 9, and you should check it out if you can as it is for a worthy cause. Taste your way through a variety of Texas wines while tempting your taste buds with delectable bites offered by top local restaurants. Tango of the Vines will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 6:30-10:30 pm. Like a perfect tango, wine [Read More...]
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.
http://www.mcreynoldswines.com McReynolds Winery is located in Cypress Mill and is owned by Gerald “Mac” and Maureen McReynolds. The McReynolds purchased five acres of land in 1989 in the Hill Country but at the time they were not yet ready to own a winery. After years of making wine at home and winning medals at wine competitions for non-commercial wines, they opened the commercial winery in April, 2000.
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...]
http://www.fiestawinery.com Fiesta Winery whose main location is in Bend, Texas is still expanding. They first opened a tasting room on Main Street in Fredericksburg in September 2012. Now they have opened another tasting room down the road in the heart of US Highway 290 among other wineries. I stopped in to visit the tasting room which is in the same plaza as Six Shooter Cellars. From outside the building, the sign for Fiesta Winery indicated to me the tasting room [Read More...]