McReynolds Winery is located in Cypress Mill and is owned by Gerald “Mac” and Maureen McReynolds. The McReynolds purchased five acres of land in 1989 in the Hill Country but at the time they were not yet ready to own a winery. After years of making wine at home and winning medals at wine competitions for non-commercial wines, they opened the commercial winery in April, 2000.
The last time I visited the winery, the tasting bar was full but Maureen McReynolds made room for me and then poured my tasting. You can stand or sit at the tasting bar and there is a tasting fee for four wines which includes the wine glass. The tasting fee is waived for active duty military personnel. The bottles use corks and the tastings are poured from the bottle.
The winery has a 3.5 acre vineyard on site growing Ruby Cabernet, Syrah, and Sangiovese grapes. McReynolds Winery tries to use 100% Texas grapes but in the current wines they use 50% Texas grapes. They produce over 200 cases of wine a year.
The wines I tasted last were:
- Sauvignon Blanc – 2009 fruit from Lake County, California
- 2004 Merlot – 76% Merlot and 24% Sangiovese grapes from the Texas Hill Country
- 2008 Syrah – Columbia Valley fruit
- McReyd – blend of 2012 estate grown Ruby Cabernet, Syrah, and Sangiovese
Chocolate is provided with the Merlot.
There is a nice gift shop with clothing and wine accessories available. McReynolds Winery has a wine club called the Double Diamond Club.
McReynolds Winery is a member of Texas Hill Country Wineries.