Braman Winery in Richmond has their distribution center located in Hallettsville. Along with the distribution center, they have a beautiful tasting room which opened in April 2014.
We found the tasting room driving through the pouring rain, but there was plenty of parking and did not have a long run to the front door. Upon entering we were immediately greeted by a large gift shop which was already full with Christmas gifts and décor. The tasting bar was in the rear of the room and there were tables for sitting in the room.
After looking at some of the gifts, we made our way to the tasting bar where we began a tasting. We learned that Ashly Kubicek was the person who was responsible for the tasting room’s wonderful décor and gift shop.
Tastings are done while standing at the tasting bar and there is a tasting fee for five wines. There were four wines which were labeled Reserve wines and were unavailable for tasting, but that still left over 20 wines from which to select.
The Texas wines were by Eaglefire Winery and since I had already tasted them, I selected some Braman wines in addition to the Aldonza wines which are from Spain. These were the Aldonza wines which were available:
- Aldonza Pisces – Tempranillo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2007
- Aldonza Seleccion – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah 2007
- Aldonza Albo – 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Macabeo 2012
The tasting room has music on the first and third Saturdays of the month on the nice patio complete with fireplace. The patio is also used for enjoying a glass of wine. Chocolates and other foods are available in the tasting room.
Braman Winery in Hallettsville is part of the Texas Independence Wine Trail. When you’re visiting wineries on the Trail, be sure to include Braman Winery on your list.