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 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 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.

Review of Kiepersol Estates Texas Mourvèdre 2011

Kiepersol Estates Mourvèdre 2011

The Texas Hill Country and High Plains AVA’s are very well known in our local wine industry. Most everyone is familiar with the 290 wine trail and the superb High Plains growers and wineries, but some are unaware that there is major action in the DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth) metroplex and in East Texas, specifically Tyler, Texas. Kiepersol Estates relies on their 61 acres of estate vines to provide the loving grapes needed to make their superb wines. The vines were [Read More…]

TWL005: Bill Blackmon of William Chris Vineyards

Bill Blackmon of William Chris

Podcast: Play in new window | Download In Podcast #3, Jeremy Wilson talked to Chris Brundrett of William Chris Vineyards. Chris mentioned how co-owner Bill Blackmon handled the vineyard management at William Chris, so it was only natural that we visit again and talk to Bill.

Fall Creek Vineyards announces Second Location in Driftwood

Fall Creek Vineyards at Driftwood

AUSTIN, TX, October 22, 2014 — One of Texas’ first and most respected wineries, Fall Creek Vineyards, is expanding by opening a new tasting room and production facility in Driftwood, Texas. The second winery location will feature an elegant Hill Country estate on 17 beautiful acres adjacent to Onion Creek, and is well situated to become tasting destination for both tourists and locals alike.