Majek Vineyard & Winery

Majek Vineyard sign Majek Vineyard & Winery is located in Moravia and is owned by Lynne and Randy Majek. The grand opening of the winery was on March 15, 2014. Lynne Majek handles a lot of the winery work including the vineyard, but recently Anthony, who we also met, has started taking over the vineyard manager role. Randy Majek fills in every gap where needed and actually greeted us at the front porch. He told us the winery is located on a [Read More...]

Messina Hof 2014 Wine & Roses Festival Preview

Messina Hof Wine & Roses Festival-featured

Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc, will be hosting their 30th Annual Wine & Roses Festival at the winery in Bryan on April 26, 2014. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. The annual event celebrates the budding of the vines and the blooming of the roses-incorporating local vendors, food trucks, artisans, wine pairing and art events, grape stomping competitions, and live music. Local businesses and organizations will also take part in a [Read More...]

Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere

Kiepersol wine and Dirk's Vodka

When I visited Kiepersol Estates last August, I was fortunate to be on a winery tour when owner Pierre de Wet joined us and let the tour group be the first to taste the new vodka he was making. It was going to be called Dirk’s Vodka named after his father and could be available on the Kiepersol Estates grounds because of recent TABC law changes. Distilleries are now allowed to sell two 750ml bottles per person per month. In order [Read More...]

Road Trip to April’s Texas Hill Country Wineries Kick-off


Gloria and I were the highest bidder in the silent auction of a season pass for the Texas Hill Country Wineries at the 2014 Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association annual conference in February. The month of April came and it was time to take advantage of the Wine & Wildflower Trail. The kick-off tasting to start the first day of the trail was held on Friday, April 4th, at Perissos Vineyard & Winery. Fortunately we were both able to get the [Read More...]

2014 High Plains Winegrowers Wine and Music Fest

High Plains Wine & Music Festival

The early part of May is going to be a great time in the High Plains. If you are attending Newsom Grape Day and the Tempranillo Conference on May 9th in Plains, TX, the next day you can enjoy the 2nd Annual Wine and Music Fest on May 10th in Levelland, TX sponsored by the High Plains Winegrowers.

Hye Market and Hye End Tasting Room

Hye Market - outside While driving down Wine Road 290 rushing to get to Fredericksburg, you have to slow down for a tiny bit through the small town of Hye. And you probably always wonder why you have to do that when there are only a couple buildings there. Depending on when you first drove through Hye, you may have noticed a post office and then a Hye Market. I remember back in 2010 when we couldn’t catch the correct tour time for [Read More...]

2014 Newsom Grape Day Preview

Newsom Vineyards - Sign

Every year Neal Newsom and the Newsom family have a Grape Day in their “Barnery” to educate potential growers and winery owners, in addition to networking with involved Texas wine industry members and friends. This year’s event will be held on Friday, May 9. Neal Newsom believes they have the best conference ever planned. Dr. Ed Hellman of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Texas Tech helped get some of the best speakers from Texas.

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...]

2011 Bending Branch Winery Tannat Available at Houston HEB Stores

2011 Bending Branch Tannat

Comfort, TX – The 2011 Bending Branch Winery Tannat CM, Estate Grown, was auctioned in large format bottle for $100,000 at the 2014 Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Auction benefiting Texas scholarship programs. The cornerstone of Bending Branch’s viticultural success lies in its experimentation with varietal choices and winemaking procedures that will best benefit the unique grapes that best suits our Texas Terroir. The Tannat grape has been the core of its red varietal program since this research began. As well, [Read More...]

Colorado River Winery

Colorado River Winery - outside Colorado River Winery is located in Bastrop and is owned by Brad and Sylvia Cook. The winery opened in December, 2013. I visited the winery before it was officially open during the 2013 Lost Pines Christmas Swirl. I then returned to visit after they opened.