Chisholm Trail Winery is located west of Fredericksburg and is owned by Paula K. Williamson who is also the winemaker. Their first vintage was in August 1999 and the grand opening of the winery was on June 1, 2001.
The winery sits on an 80 acre ranch with a 23 acre vineyard. The winery’s 12,000 square foot tasting room has a western theme and you can almost imagine yourself stepping into a Western saloon. The wine labels reflect the same theme too.
Tastings are done while standing at the tasting bar. There is a tasting fee for five wines which includes the logo glass. Tastings are poured with a measured pourer from the uncorked bottles. Crackers are available for cleansing your palate.
You can buy food at the winery including pizza from a wood fired oven which was installed in March of 2011. Pizza is available on Fridays and Saturdays. Cigars are available for sale.
Chisholm Trail Winery uses 80% Texas grapes in their wines. Recent Texas grapes come from the Rio Grande Valley near Brownville. All other grapes come from New Mexico and northern California. The winery has a 15,000 gallon capacity of wine tank space and makes 2,500 cases of wine a year.
There is a nice gift shop available with shirts, wine accessories, and more. A wine club is available called the Stetson Wine Club. Events happen at the winery such as live music, grape stomps, and other events.
We volunteered at the 2012 Montgomery Wine & Music Fest in Montgomery, TX and Chisholm Trail was one of the wineries present. Fortunately, Paula K. Williamson was present so we got the chance to meet her at the festival.
Chisholm Trail Winery is on the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail and the Wine Road 290 Wine Trail.