Inwood Estates Vineyards has locations in Dallas and Florence, and now there is a facility in Fredericksburg.
I stopped by to visit the new location which is easy to find among other nearby wineries on US Highway 290. Walking into the winery, you are pointed to the left for the reserve tasting room & winery and to the right for the wine bistro & fun. I headed into the tasting room first.
Dan Gatlin, owner and winemaker, was there handling a tasting. I was helped by a young lady and then Dan saw me and came over to say hello. I got a chance to try the Blanc du Bois which he makes for The Vineyard at Florence and it was excellent. I then had the pleasure to meet Rose Mary Gatlin for the first time.
Dan was finishing up with his tasting and took me on a quick tour since the winery was going to get busy. He showed me the production room behind the tasting room but at the moment it is empty. He will be doing all the Tempranillo production for Inwood Estates in the room but since there isn’t any Tempranillo grapes this year because of the late frosts, he said it did not make sense to move the equipment in and have it collect dust. He will be setting the room up around Christmas.
Over in the bistro, Dan explained the bistro had its own tasting bar along with tables where people could buy food to enjoy a meal. In addition a stage was available for live music. He wanted a quiet place where people could sit, eat, enjoy a glass of wine, and listen to music. I think he accomplished that.
Dan had to get back to the tasting bar and I thanked him for his time. On the way out I noticed a small gift shop with wine accessories and wine glasses.
Now it will be easy to get Inwood Estates Vineyards wines when you are in Fredericksburg.
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