Take a Texas Wine Tour Off the Beaten Path

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Here are some ideas for Texas wines tours of less-known wineries in North Texas

Epic Helicopters Offers Tours of Texas Wineries


Epic Helicopters has launched its VIP Wine Tours, which will whisk guests from across North Texas for a wine tasting and tour like no other. The exciting new VIP wine tours features six Texas wineries and will accommodate as many as 4 wine enthusiasts per flight. Helicopter pickup locations are customizable as are the number of vineyards visited on this high-flying winery adventure. “Wine connoisseurs want adventurous options to explore Texas wineries and Epic is now offering that option through [Read More…]

Another East Texas Road Trip

Barrels at Landon Winery in Greenville

We were last in East Texas in April when we were invited to the Kiepersol Estates Distillery and Tasting Rooms Premiere and visited some other wineries at the time too. One of the wineries we tried to make an appointment to visit was Pelle Legna, but the timing was not right. With a free weekend and the Downtown Tyler Wine Swirl happening, I checked on an appointment with Pelle Legna again and the timing was right this time. A Saturday visiting [Read More…]

Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery

Pelle Legna - featured

http://www.pellelegna.com Pelle Legna Vineyards and Winery is located in Tyler and is owned by Dawn and Harry Leatherwood. The name of the winery, Pelle Legna, is Italian for “leather wood,” their last name. Pelle Legna is pronounced (pèl-le lé-nah). Dawn decided to use the Italian theme for all their wines too. On their 1,500 acre cattle ranch, Rio Neches Ranch, Dawn first planted eight acres of vineyard in 2007. With later plantings, there are now 9.5 acres of vines and [Read More…]

Lone Star Three Day Road Trip


When I was asked to be a judge at the latest Lone Star International Wine Competition, that meant a drive to Grapevine for the Monday and Tuesday competition. If I was going to drive that far from Houston, I decided to take advantage of the weekend to visit wineries in that area which I have not been to yet and also return to some favorites. It turned out I had the Friday before off too, so that gave me almost [Read More…]

BarnHaus Vineyards with a Winery Preview

BarnHaus - house

While updating the most up-to-date listing of Texas wineries on the web early last year, I came across a winery which was going to be called BarnHaus Vineyards and Winery. After checking into the winery, I discovered right now it is BarnHaus Vineyards with a winery planned in the near future. I was sent photos of the vineyard and location which looked very impressive. Coincidentally this year at Newsom Grape Day, I sat next to David Straley who does viticulture [Read More…]

2014 Annual Memorial Day Weekend Hill Country Road Trip

Hye Meadow winners

We now have an annual ritual to visit the Hill Country the weekend of Memorial Day and meeting up with friends Dave and Kelli Potter of The Grapes Around Texas and future Mary Elizabeth Vineyards along with Laurie and Shelly Ware of Wine’s At Roads End on a road trip. This year we stayed at the Lazy T Bed and Breakfast like we did last year. Unfortunately Gloria had to work again on Memorial Day but this year we were both able to [Read More…]

Touring High Plains Vineyards and “That’s a Lot of Vines!”

Wind Machine

Visiting the High Plains requires visiting some of the top vineyards in the state of Texas. With the number of High Plains vineyards, it is very tough to visit all, so I planned with Bill and Gail Day of Buena Suerte Vineyards on which vineyards to visit. Of course, the first vineyard to visit was Buena Suerte Vineyards. We started our vineyard tour on Thursday, May 8th, over three weeks after a major frost occurred on April 15. Many vineyards tried different methods [Read More…]

Llano Estacado Winery – Revisited

Barrel tasting with Jason Centanni

It seems every time Llano Estacado Winery has been in Houston to do wine tastings at our nearest HEB supermarket, local Houstonian Bill Freidhof, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, was present along with Assistant Winemaker Jason Centanni. Jason has also been present in our past #TXwine Twitter Tuesday tastings when Llano wine was included. Last year after one Twitter Tuesday, he tweeted me to let him know when I would be in Lubbock next time and we would do [Read More…]

Texas Custom Wine Works – Revisited

Texas Custom Wine Works

When in the High Plains, I visited a different kind of winery which was Texas Custom Wine Works (TCWW). They are not technically just a winery because they can do anything a customer wants in the wine industry. They are a custom processing facility in Brownfield which produces wine and other products. Besides making wine, storing wine, helping with wine problems, and other things on the enology side, TCWW can also help with providing grapes, vineyard advice, etc. on the [Read More…]