Update: The original winery is now closed.
Piney Woods Country Winery and Vineyards is located in Orange and is owned by Alfred J. Flies (pronounced like “fleece”). The winery was bonded in 1985 and opened for business in 1987. It was the 14th winery in Texas at the time.
On my last visit to the winery Jim, Alfred Flies son-in-law, handled my tasting. Jim told me that the winery is for sale, primarily because Alfred Flies is now over 90 years old but still doing well. The winery, 6 acre vineyard, and house sit on 8 acres and are being offered for $495,000.
Piney Woods grows red and white Muscadine grapes in their vineyard so they only use estate fruit. They only use Texas peaches, blueberries, and plums in their fruit wines.
Tastings are done while standing at their tasting bar. The bottles use corks and the tastings are poured from the bottle. There is a tasting fee for as many wines as you prefer and the fee also includes your tasting wine glass. Crackers are provided for cleansing your palate.
At the time of my visit, Piney Woods had 14 wines available for tasting.
- Heart of Texas Noble – red Muscadine using the Noble grape
- Texas Moon Magnolia – 2009 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition Top Texas wine, white Muscadine
- Muscadine Rosé – from Noble grape, very popular seller
- Pecan Mocca – sweet wine with coffee added
- Baked Peach – wine is baked after fermented at 90 degrees
- Sweetheart Magnolia – a little brandy is added for 14% alcohol
- Ports of TX Red
- Cherry Chocolate – biggest seller made with red Muscadine
- Light Ruby Port – 16% alcohol
- Amber Port – 18% alcohol
- TX Tawny Port – 19% alcohol aged in oak
- Orange Wine – Mandarin oranges with 16% alcohol
The last four wines are all fortified with Brandy. Jim said the Heart of Texas Noble and Texas Moon Magnolia are the only wines Alfred Flies drinks except for the TX Tawny Port when he’s ready to go to sleep. Piney Woods produces 1,200 cases of wine a year.
The winery has won many wine competitions in the past and still continues to win medals. If you like fruit or Muscadine wines, take a trip to Orange, or perhaps you might want to become the new owner of an established winery.