Bella Stella Winery is located in Winnsboro and is owned by Peter and Rebecca Thieme. The winery opened in October 2013. The winery is also a full service restaurant.
Bella Stella Winery planted 210 muscadine vines in 2009. Among the muscadine varieties planted then and since is Carlos (white), and red grapes Supreme, Pam, and Ison. Also recently planted are Black Spanish and Norton grapes.
I met Peter and Rebecca Thieme at the 2014 Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) Grape Camp. I told them I needed to visit their winery some day and when I asked what wines they were currently making, they replied right now all muscadine wines. I truthfully told them I did not personally care for muscadine wine, and Peter said I hadn’t tried his.
Fast forward five months and we were traveling in East Texas revisiting wineries and we made a point to stop at Bella Stella Winery. As soon as we walked in the door of the 1938-remodeled building, Peter recognized me and even remembered our conversation at Grape Camp. Rebecca Thieme was sitting nearby and they gave us the option to do a tasting at either a table in the restaurant or at the winery’s tasting bar. We chose the tasting bar and Rebecca handled our tasting since Peter had to return to the kitchen.
There is a small tasting fee for four wines from a selection of five flights. The five flights available at the time of our visit were:
- Red Mix: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Muscadine Red
- White Mix: Viognier, Blanc du Bois, Peach Chardonnay, White Muscadine
- Red and White: Cambourcin (Aliona), Tempranillo, Gewürztraminer, Green Apple Riesling
- Sweet Treat: Red and White Muscadine, Peach Chardonnay, Riesling (Angel)
- Red, White, and Dry: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Viognier
Bella Stella may only make muscadine wine right now, but they offer wines from other Texas wineries enhancing the selection of wines available for tasting or enjoying with a meal. Jerry Collins from the Dixie Wine Company helps Bella Stella make their wine.
The tastings are served in four flight tasters in a wooden stand similar to a few wineries we have visited and then you simply pour the wine you want to taste at the time into your wine glass. A cracker mix is available to cleanse your palate between tastings.
Since Peter had told me at Grape Camp that I hadn’t tasted his muscadine wines, those wines were the obvious choice for our selection. Besides the red and white muscadine wine, they also had a blush muscadine wine that we were able to taste. All their muscadine wines were sweet wines and if you like sweet wines, they were some very good muscadine wines. Peter was right.
Talking about the restaurant side of Bella Stella Winery, the restaurant serves German cuisine. An example of some of the meals is a Wurst platter, Bratwurst platter, Gulasch with Spaetzle, and pork schnitzel. The menu looked very tasty.
The winery can hold private events for those people who are looking for an event location. The people who live in the Winnsboro area have a nice German restaurant to attend with a good selection of wines from which to enjoy.