AUSTIN, TX, October 22, 2014 — One of Texas’ first and most respected wineries, Fall Creek Vineyards, is expanding by opening a new tasting room and production facility in Driftwood, Texas.
The second winery location will feature an elegant Hill Country estate on 17 beautiful acres adjacent to Onion Creek, and is well situated to become tasting destination for both tourists and locals alike.
Started in Tow, Texas, by co-owners Susan and Ed Auler 39 years ago, Fall Creek Vineyards is the third oldest winery in the state and continues to innovate with viticulture and wine production. The Aulers were also instrumental in establishing and securing the ‘Texas Hill Country’ American Viticultural Area (AVA) designation for the Hill Country, which is the second largest appellation in the country.
The new facility marks an important milestone in the winery’s expansion. Set to open its doors early next year, the tasting room is located on FM 1826, directly across the street from the popular Salt Lick BBQ.
“Driftwood is a gorgeous area and rapidly becoming a food and beverage destination with wineries, breweries distilleries, and restaurants in the vicinity,” says Susan, “It is a mere 25 minute drive from Austin, yet still feels like a peaceful country getaway. The property is currently undergoing minor interior renovation and we are excited to soon open the doors of our second winery tasting room to fans, friends, and wine lovers. It will be a fantastic place to enjoy wine and will also be available for special events and weddings.”
The tasting room will have a wide selection of Fall Creek wines for tasting and purchase by the glass, bottle or case. As a special feature, it will carry several single-vineyard designations wines from the new “Terroir Reflections Series.” This series, created by winemaker Sergio Cuadra, will debut with the release of the 2013 Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay, Certenberg Vineyard, Texas Hill Country and the 2012 Fall Creek Vineyards Tempranillo, Salt Lick Vineyard, Texas Hill Country. Select gift items and artisanal foods will also be available in the tasting room.
“One of the many reasons we chose this beautiful location is because it is adjacent to Salt Lick Vineyards – where the grapes for some of our single-vineyard designation wines are grown,” says Ed Auler. “We are also at the point where we needed to expand our operation. This location and its soil are well suited for additional vineyards. Nothing will change at the winery in Tow, and we will continue to host guests seven days a week with private tastings, monthly events, and nature excursions.”
About Fall Creek
Fall Creek Vineyards was established in 1975 by Texas businessman and rancher, Ed Auler and his wife, Susan. The vineyards are located eighty miles northwest of Austin in the Texas Hill Country where the sandy loam soil, warm days, and cool breezes off Lake Buchanan provide an excellent microclimate for growing premium wine grapes. The winery produces wines made with Chardonnay, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes under the direction of winemaker, Sergio Cuadra.