Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery is located in Harleton and was founded in 2004 by Altus Koegelenberg and Jon Kral. Our GPS led us to the winery but we missed the entrance at first even though we saw the vineyards. When we went past the vineyards, we realized we must have missed it and turned around. On the way back there was the sign viewable from the opposite direction which is why we missed it the first time.
Winding our way up a narrow dirt road through the vineyards found us at a house to the right with a building to the left. Since there were cars at the building, we assumed correctly that was the winery.
Marla, who is in charge of the tasting room, was the pourer and greeted us when we walked in even though she was busy with a few other people. She was able to multitask between all visitors and got us started on our tasting after we were directed to sit at one of the tables in the tasting room.
There is a tasting fee for five wines and the tastings are poured from the uncorked bottles. There is some food available to cleanse your palate during the tasting. You can also buy additional food if you were going to stay longer and have a glass or two.
One thing we found interesting was Marla started our tasting with a semi-sweet wine, went to a sweet wine, and then to a dry one. Usually you start from dry and work your way to sweet.
Marla was proud the winery had just come out with a port a week prior and named it after her, “Marla’s Melody.” She said there was a rumor they were going to do that but she didn’t believe it until it was actually done. We tasted the white port and had to buy a bottle as it was very good.
There is a small gift shop present in the tasting room.
We learned the beautiful vineyard we drove through is part of the 11 acres of grapes they use in their wines, although some grapes come from Napa for their Merlot. The land originally was a horse ranch and the barn was converted into the winery. There is an adjacent lodge where people can stay but the entire lodge must be rented. It is usually used as a retreat and conference center with several bedrooms, a kitchen, and several areas to meet in large or small groups.
Weddings are held at the winery and if you sit outside to drink some wine, recorded music is played. Special events are also held like Saturday lunches prepared by local chefs.
Overall Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery is definitely worth a visit for its beautiful location and delicious Texas wines. Enoch’s Stomp is on the Piney Woods Wine Trail.