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...]

La Viña Winery

La Vina - outside La Viña Winery is located in La Union, New Mexico and is owned by Ken and Denise Stark. La Viña Winery is the oldest winery in New Mexico and was founded in 1977. The winery was originally in southern New Mexico but when the Starks bought it in 1993, they moved to La Union, built the winery, and kept the original bond and name.

Ste. Genevieve Winery – Part 2 of 2

Ste. Genevieve - Texas wines In part 1 about Ste. Genevieve Winery we learned about the history and took a tour of the winery. The continuation of my visit follows by visiting the vineyard and tasting room. The Vineyard When the vineyard was first planted it was 1,000 acres. When owner and president Pat Prendergast came to Ste. Genevieve it was 800 to 900 acres. Over the course of several growing seasons, the vineyard was hit with freezing temperatures, hail, and strong winds which damaged a [Read More...]

Ste. Genevieve Winery – Part 1 of 2

Ste. Genevieve - outside Ste. Genevieve Winery is located about 27 miles east of Fort Stockton. It is the largest winery in Texas and the 24th to 26th largest winery in the United States. Outside of California, one winery in Washington which is larger is Ste. Michelle Wine Estates who has multiple wineries in their portfolio including Columbia Crest. Ste. Genevieve used to offer tours at the winery but since it is isolated and largely a commercial business with no romantic feel, which [Read More...]

Win a Trip to the Texas Hill Country!

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

As we posted before, Wine Enthusiast magazine announced the Texas Hill Country as one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014″ in their article. How can you top that? Well, Wine Enthusiast has done it again by providing a contest to win a trip to the Texas Hill Country! The winner will receive: Round-trip flights and transportation for two to Texas Up to 8-night accommodations at local B&Bs and winery accommodations in the Texas Hill Country Guaranteed visits at [Read More...]


Inniskillin - outside Inniskillin has two locations in Canada, one in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and the other in Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. The winery was started in 1975 by Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser. Inniskillin is often mentioned as Canada’s first maker of Icewine which they produced in 1984. We visited Niagara Falls and were deciding what to do during the day after we visited the Falls. Our hotel had a wine store featuring Inniskillin Icewine and since we love Icewine, the decision [Read More...]

Fall Creek Vineyards

Fall Creek - wine Fall Creek Vineyards is located in Tow (rhymes with cow) and is owned by Ed and Susan Auler. Their vineyard was first planted in 1975 and the current winery location opened in 1983. We have been to Fall Creek Vineyards a few times but that was before this blog started so a return visit was in order. I met Susan Auler at TEXSOM and she told me to let her know when I was visiting the winery again. I did [Read More...]

Tour of Bending Branch Winery

Bending Branch - barrels

We have gone to Bending Branch Winery when we visit Fredericksburg and can escape south to Comfort and have enjoyed every visit. In the past year, we have met at various times both Jennifer Beckmann, Director of Marketing of Bending Branch, and John Rivenburgh, co-founder & VP of Winery and Vineyard Operations. At TEXSOM this year I got the chance to finally meet co-owner and winemaker Robert (Bob) Young. During my trip to Grape Camp this year, Jennifer Beckmann invited me [Read More...]

Eden Hill Vineyard

Eden Hill - outside Eden Hill Vineyard is located in Celina and is owned by Linda and Clark Hornbaker. Their son Chris Hornbaker is the winemaker. The winery opened January, 2010. I first got a chance to meet the Hornbakers in the High Plains in April and then taste some of their wine for July 2013′s Twitter Tuesday when their 2012 Albarino-Viognier was featured. After tasting the award winning wine, I knew I had to make a trip to North Texas to visit the [Read More...]