Update: Weinhof Winery has closed.
Weinhof Winery has two locations with the winery in Forestburg and a tasting room in Muenster. Weinhof Winery is owned by Larry and Brenda Thompson. Brenda is also the winemaker. The Forestburg winery opened in February 2007, and the Muenster tasting room opened in 2010.
Since my friend Dave Potter and I would be stopping at both locations, we decided to wait until we got to the tasting room in Muenster for a tasting of their wines.
We entered the tasting room and since the tasting bar was already full, we looked around the gift shop and then waited patiently at a table. Brenda Thompson’s daughter welcomed us and gave us a tasting menu and glasses if we wanted to do a tasting at the table. The group at the bar was getting ready to leave so we decided to move up to the tasting bar after they left to do the tasting.
There is a small tasting fee for five wines. If you buy a bottle of wine, the tasting fee is complimentary. The tastings are poured from the uncorked bottles into stemless wine glasses. Crackers are provided to cleanse your palate.
Weinhof Winery uses 100% Texas grapes and local fruit in their wines. They grow grapes and fruits (pears, plums, and persimmons) at their vineyard and orchard in Prairie Point called Old Oak Orchard and at their vineyard in Forestburg.
These are some of the wines which were available:
- Muensterwein (Black Spanish)
- Muenster Red (Blackberries and Merlot)
We were told the Blackberry wine was their most popular.
Brenda Thompson’s family has made wine for generations. She started as an amateur winemaker in 2000. Larry and Brenda started the North Texas Winemakers Guild which is a group about non-commercial winemaking and grape growing, and it is still active.
Weinhof Winery has events such as wine tasting parties, picnics, ladies night out, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. There is a large gift shop with candles, soaps, kitchen accessories, wine accessories, glasses, decanters, cologne, and other decorations.
The winery has a wine club called the Wein Club. Weinhof Winery is on the Red River Wine Trail.
I stopped at this winery with my father in law Saturday 9/3/16. When we walked in we noticed how dark and empty it was. My father in law jokingly said to the man behind the counter (whom I now know is the owner) that he hoped we weren’t driving away the crowd. The man got very angry by this and said the statement wasn’t funny and that he was insulted. My father in law apologized and said that he meant no offense. He felt horrible for insulting the man and apologized profusely. The man rudely said that he didn’t have to deal with our “sh*t” and that we could “get out and never come back”. As we were leaving he said that we should be glad he didn’t shoot us. NEVER have I had any business owner be so incredibly rude and even threaten a patrons life!!! I will never return and I will let everyone know to be safe and avoid this place.
Jeff Cope says
Wow. I believe I have only met the wife owner, but that is really strange as usually Texas wineries are known for their hospitality. Sorry you had a bad experience.