Hye Meadow Winery

Hye Meadow - featured

http://www.hyemeadow.com Hye Meadow Winery is located in appropriately enough, Hye, Texas and is owned by Mike and Denise Batek. Jeff Ivy is the winemaker. On Saturday, August 3rd 2013, Hye Meadow Winery had their Grand Opening. I made the trip to visit and see the progress of the winery construction since we last visited the winery in May. Wine friends and fellow bloggers Robin English-Bircher and Sean Bircher were already in the tasting room and I joined them for a [Read More…]

May 2013 Fredericksburg Road Trip


Memorial Day weekend came and it was time to visit some Texas wineries in a Fredericksburg road trip. We made plans to join forces again with Dave and Kelli Potter along with Laurie and Shelly Ware. A schedule was started as to what we wanted to see and it eventually evolved into a very busy Saturday. Part of the reason was because unfortunately Gloria had to work on Memorial Day (Monday) so we had to return home on Sunday, otherwise, we [Read More…]

Texas Hill Country Wineries Wine Trail Grows

Texas Hill Country Wineries

Texas Hill Country – Last week the current 32 member wineries of the Texas Hill Country Wineries association voted to add 3 new winery members and a 2nd location tasting room for an existing member. This brings the total of association members to 36. Hye Meadow Winery, located in Hye, Texas right on Highway 290, is still under construction but plans to open end of April or early May. Wines include Chardonnay, Shade Tree Blush, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Edelzwicker. [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…]

Singing Water Vineyards

Singing Water - inside

http://www.singingwatervineyards.com Singing Water Vineyards is located in Comfort and is owned by Dick and Julie Holmberg. They first started a vineyard in 1998 planting Merlot and they were bonded as a winery in 2004. At that time they were winery number 56 in the state of Texas. There are different numbers heard today as to how many wineries there are in Texas but numbers range from 230-270 eight years later. Singing Water Vineyard’s first commercial wines were sold in May [Read More…]

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery

Dry Comal - tanks

http://www.drycomalcreek.com Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery is located in New Braunfels and is owned by Franklin and Bonnie Houser. The winery gets its name from the creek that feeds the Comal River and runs through New Braunfels. The Housers first planted vines in 1992 on their 103 acre land as an experiment and after success, the following year they planted 4,000 vines of Vitus vinifera. The first harvest was in 1995 and the first wine was produced in 1998 [Read More…]

Torre di Pietra Winery

Torre - gift shop

http://torredipietra.com Torre di Pietra is located in Fredericksburg and is owned by Ken and Jenise Maxwell. The winemaker is Ken Maxwell with Don Pullum from Sandstone Cellars Winery providing consulting. We usually visit Torre di Pietra on a Saturday because they hold live music every Saturday. You can listen to the music from their piazza and patios. In fact, Torre di Pietra has won our award of Best Live Music two years in a row now. Besides the live music [Read More…]

Fredericksburg Winery

Fredericksburg - inside 2

http://www.fbgwinery.com Fredericksburg Winery is located right in downtown Fredericksburg on Main Street. The winery is owned and operated by the Switzer family. There are three brothers, their wives, and families and the winery opened in May 1996. I talked to Jene Switzer the last time I visited. He is the winemaster at the winery and he gave me a little history of the winery. The 10,600 square foot facility contains the production facility which is viewable in the tasting room. [Read More…]

2012 Grape Camp

2012 Grape Camp - Bobby Cox

When we stayed at Neal and Janice Newsom’s Bed & Breakfast in the High Plains, their son Nolan said I really needed to go to Grape Camp. Who am I to disagree? I joined TWGGA (Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association) and registered for Grape Camp which occurred November 4-5 in Fredericksburg. Registration started at 7:15am on Sunday which was going to be kind of tough for me since I had tickets to a concert the night before in Houston. [Read More…]

Texas Hills Vineyard

Texas Hills - owner

http://www.texashillsvineyard.com Texas Hills Vineyard is located in Johnson City and is owned by Gary and Kathy Gilstrap along with their son Dale Rassett. Dale manages the vineyard, Gary is the winemaker, and Kathy manages the tasting room. Texas Hills Vineyard planted their vineyard in 1995 and the winery opened in 1999. We have been to the winery more than a few times and as you arrive at the winery, the large vineyard is located along the driveway. Grapes grown at [Read More…]