Update: Crump Valley Vineyards has closed.
We first visited Crump Valley Vineyards in 2011 and co-owner Travis Crump led us through a tasting of their wines in the production room because there was not yet a tasting room, and tastings were done by appointment only. Things have changed quite a bit since that time.
A nice tasting room has been added on to the winery to accommodate the flow of customers visiting the winery. The biggest change though is Travis Crump has married co-owner Susan Jones, now Susan Crump, who is also the winemaker for Crump Valley Vineyards.
I visited the winery and new tasting room with friends Laurie and Shelly Ware. Outside the winery and tasting room was a nice vineyard. When we entered the winery, Susan Crump greeted us and it was nice to finally get a chance to meet Susan. Tastings are done while seated at a table so we grabbed an adjacent table where Susan began us on a tasting. There is a tasting fee to taste all wines and you get to keep your tasting glass.
Wines available to taste were:
- Blanc du Bois 2011
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vin de la Vigne (semi-sweet white)
- Neon (semi-sweet blush)
- Belle (sweet red)
- Phat Cat (sweet white)
Wine spritzers, sangria, a wine-a-rita, and a peach bellini are available to drink also. Food is available to purchase and there is a very nice selection of food. We enjoyed a pizza and bruschetta.
Travis Crump came out from the production area while we were tasting and visited with us. At the end of our tasting, Susan and Travis gave us a tour of the production area. Travis pointed out how things in the winery were different than the last time I was there.
At the end of our visit, we met Diana Lewis, who Travis introduced as being the first Crump Valley Vineyards franchise owner. She will be opening the Crump Valley Cork House in Sulphur Springs near the Court House (get the name similarity?) in 2014. Looks like I will be making another trip to Sulphur Springs next year!
We all had a great time visiting the Crumps and Crump Valley Vineyards. If you’re near the Sulphur Springs area, definitely stop to make a visit, try their wine, and enjoy their hospitality.