http://www.stegenwines.com 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...]
http://www.stegenwines.com 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...]
http://www.redwingdove.com Red Wing Dove Vineyard and Winery is located in Hamilton and is owned by Ellis and Susan Vandiver. Ellis manages the vineyard while Susan handles the winemaking duties. They planted a vineyard in 2006 and the winery opened Labor Day weekend in 2013. In July 2004, Ellis and Susan purchased approximately 80 acres of land in Hamilton County. Hamilton also happens to be the Dove Capital of Texas where a yearly Dove Festival is held. The Vandivers both love [Read More...]
http://www.christovalvineyards.com Christoval Vineyards and Winery is located in Christoval which is south of San Angelo. The vineyard was first established in 1985 with Cabernet and Riesling being planted in the first two fields. In 2008, San Angelo natives Drexell “Drex” and Nancy Vincent purchased the estate. More vines were planted in 2008 and the winery was bonded in November 2010. The tasting room opened the day after Thanksgiving in 2011. Drex manages the vineyard and estate. The winery and tasting [Read More...]
Are you a mead lover? You know, that fermented beverage made with honey growing in popularity? If yes or if you have a vineyard, you will want to pay attention. Central Texas Bee Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving the honeybees and they are currently seeking out vineyards for their bee hives across central Texas.
http://www.poteetwine.com Poteet Country Winery is located in Poteet and is owned by Bob Denson and Jim Collums. The winery opened on July 4th, 1998. I arrived at the winery greeted by a lot of windmills lining the driveway. I learned later that co-owner Jim Collums is known as the “windmill man” across the United States. He builds windmills for various purposes such as for movie sets.
http://www.valverdewinery.com Val Verde Winery is located in Del Rio and is known as the oldest continuously running winery in Texas. The winery was established by Italian immigrant Frank Qualia in 1883. When he arrived in Del Rio, he found Lenoir grapes growing and founded the winery. After his death in 1936, his youngest son, Louis Qualia took over the vineyards. He introduced the French Herbomont grape to Texas. He in turn passed the winery in 1973 to his youngest son [Read More...]
http://www.inniskillin.com 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...]
http://www.arrowheadspringvineyards.com Arrowhead Spring Vineyards is located in Lockport, New York, in the northern part of the state. The winery opened in February 2008 and is owned by Robin and Duncan Ross. Duncan is also the winemaker. When I was looking for suggestions of wineries to visit in the Finger Lakes, one of the people suggested if we had the time to make sure we visited Arrowhead Spring Vineyards. As it turned out, we were able to stop by for a [Read More...]
http://www.heronhill.com Heron Hill Winery is located in Hammondsport on the west side of Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes. The winery is owned by John and Jo Ingle and opened in 1977. The winemaker is Bernard Cannac. Due to the numerous wineries located in the Finger Lakes and since we were going to be on a tight schedule, we had not initially planned on visiting Heron Hill Winery. That changed immediately while we drove down the road and saw the [Read More...]