Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood

Fall Creek at Driftwood - outside

After 39 years of winemaking in Tow, Texas, owners Ed and Susan Auler have opened a second Fall Creek Vineyards location in Driftwood, Texas. The property is a perfect fit for the Aulers who were looking to purchase land to build a green (energy saving) building in close proximity to Salt Lick Vineyard. A gorgeous and very spacious home with property recently became available and it was quickly fashioned into what is now the new tasting room. The new building [Read More…]

2014 Year in Review for Texas Wine Lover


I can’t believe another year has quickly passed and a new year is about to begin. It has been a very busy year for Texas Wine Lover and this hobby has definitely turned into a passion. Let’s see what happened during the year in review for 2014. I visited more Texas wineries over the year in order to help new or existing wineries get more exposure to consumers. I have now visited over 240 Texas wineries and tasting rooms in [Read More…]

Lost Draw Cellars

Lost Draw - outside

http://www.lostdrawcellars.com Lost Draw Cellars is located in Fredericksburg and opened recently on November 21, 2014. The winery is owned by Andy Timmons, Andrew Sides, and Troy Ottmers. Kim McPherson from McPherson Cellars and his assistant winemaker Spencer Igo are making the wine under Andy Timmons’ watchful eyes. Besides being the owner of Lost Draw Vineyards, Andy Timmons wants to expand his knowledge and learn how to make wine too. We were fortunate to have a preview of Lost Draw Cellars [Read More…]

TWL009: Marta Lastowska of Haak Vineyards and Winery

Marta Lastowska

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Warm gulf breezes surround the vines at Haak Vineyards and Winery in Santa Fe, Texas. Here, Blanc du Bois rules the roost, but Vitis vinifera grapes are a big part of the wine program at Haak Winery as well. Marta Lastowska is the winemaker and also tends to the vineyard. Her Spanish roots and Texas terroir make for very special wines, specifically the staples of Tempranillo, Madeira, and Blanc du Bois. Black Spanish [Read More…]

Pemberton Cellars

Pemberton Cellars

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pemberton-Cellars/1963402563800457 Pemberton Cellars is located in Granbury and is owned by Jeff and Lynn Pemberton with their son Dax Pemberton. The winery opened on June 14, 2014. I first met Jeff Pemberton at Newsom Grape Day and later had a chance to visit him at his winery. Pemberton Cellars is very easy to find with a large 7.5 acre vineyard planted in front of the vineyard. As I learned later from Jeff, the vineyard was planted in 2009.

TWL008: Neal Newsom of Newsom Vineyards

Newsom Vineyards

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this episode of the Texas Wine Lover podcast, we talk to Neal Newsom of Newsom Vineyards. Neal has been a winegrower for many years in the High Plains of Texas. He tells us about his background, this year’s harvest, and his famous Newsom Grape Day.

Pontotoc Vineyard

Pontotoc Vineyard sign

http://pontotocvineyard.com Pontotoc Vineyard is located in Pontotoc with a tasting room in downtown Fredericksburg. The winery is owned by D. Carl and Frances Money. We visited the winery under construction back in May, 2013, and our last visit was to the tasting room in Fredericksburg. A vineyard is located at the Pontotoc winery location which was first planted in 2006. Carl’s uncle Ronnie Money helps manage the estate vineyard. Winemaker Don Pullum provides the winemaking skills for Pontotoc Vineyard. Pontotoc [Read More…]

Grape Camp 2014

Grape Camp audience

The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association’s (TWGGA) Grape Camp 2014 was held in Fredericksburg from November 2-3. Like last year’s event, the first day was geared toward New Growers and the second day was for Advanced Growers. The event drew 250 total people for both days which is the highest attendance rate ever. This is great news for the Texas wine industry which needs more vineyards and grapes available for Texas wine. Even though the first day was primarily for [Read More…]

TWL006: David Sides of Austin Vineyards

David Sides

Podcast: Play in new window | Download David Sides owned and ran his own agriculture business for a living and is now retired and works in the vineyard full time. Austin Vineyards is the name of this venture and I for one look forward to what the future holds for David and his precious vines!

Seth Martin of Perissos Vineyard and Winery Winemaker Profile

Seth Martin of Perissos Vineyard and Winery

Seth Martin is the co-owner, winemaker, and viticulturist at Perissos Vineyard and Winery in Burnet, Texas. With the large estate vineyard, the wines produced at Perissos are mostly Estate wines. We had the chance to ask Seth Martin questions about this background and philosophy of winemaking.