Texas SouthWind Vineyard & Winery is located in Refugio and is owned by David and Regina Staggs. Both owners take part in the winemaking. The winery opened in December 2009.
I first visited Texas SouthWind before this blog started and after seeing them at the 2012 Houston Wine Fest, I knew it was time for a return visit. I made the trip south and pulled into the driveway where the Quonset hut style winery is located.
Tastings are done in the winery while standing at the tasting bar and when I entered, the bar was already full of customers. Since they were almost finished tasting, I waited to do a tasting instead of squeezing in between the others.
There is a tasting fee for the wines available which also includes a very nice logo wine glass, larger than a normal tasting wine glass. Dessert/Port tastings have an additional fee. Texas SouthWind uses corks in their bottles and the tastings are poured using measured pourers. Flat pretzels are available to cleanse your palate which is the first time I have seen flat pretzels, and they were great. Chocolate is also available when tasting the dessert wines.
While you are tasting or enjoying a glass of wine, you can buy food from two available trays. One is a cheese, cracker, and fruit plate. The other is a deluxe version with cheese, cracker, meat, and fruit.
Texas SouthWind uses 90% Texas grapes and they grow Lenoir grapes. The rest of their Texas grapes come from Palacios Vineyards in Brenham. Other grapes come from the Lodi region in California. Even though Blanc du Bois, Merlot, Lenoir, and Cabernet Sauvignon wines are made, they make four fruit wines: OrangeGrape, Strawberry, Blueberry, and Blackberry. Blackberry is by far the most popular of all their wines with Blueberry coming in second most popular. Texas SouthWind produces about 1,300 cases of wine a year.
You can enjoy a glass of wine in the tasting room which includes a small gift shop and a piano. Live music is held on the first and third Saturday of every month at the winery.