It was announced last December that Tehuacana Creek Vineyards and Winery’s majority interest was being sold to a group and the winery was changing their name to Waco Winery & Vineyards. The group includes long-time friends of the winery so they are eager to make their vision become a reality. Fortunately owners Inga-Lill and Ulf Westblom will still be around helping to provide the transformation of Tehuacana Creek to Waco Winery.
We stopped by Waco Winery recently and there have already been some changes. The mobile home which was used as the tasting room is now gone along with some other buildings. What remains is the production building that is currently being used as the tasting room too.
We met consultant Donna Robertson at the door and then head of marketing Rebecca Gilliam. We were able to meet new owners Jim Sullivan, General Manager, and Jerry Federico, and they provided their vision of how the winery is going to change.
Walking outside, we could see the vineyard in two locations with a total of 38 acres, and they plan on building a Tuscany theme throughout the property including a new tasting room and even bocce courts. Also in back of the vineyard will be an amphitheater and an event center will be nearby. For the time being a large tent will be erected near the production center to provide shade and space for the summer.
Going back into the production room / tasting room, we tasted a variety of wines which currently still have the Tehuacana Creek Vineyards and Winery label. They plan on keeping some of those labels but also providing a second label called Laguna Vista, which is where Jerry Frederico has a vineyard.
These are some of the wines currently available:
- Plantation White (mostly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc)
- 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
- 2011 Blanc du Bois estate
- 2013 Riesling
- Heart of Texas Rosé (Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon)
- White Sangria
- Red Sangria
- Heart of Texas Red (50% Chardonnay and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon done Chianti style)
- Plantation Red (Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot)
- 2011 Harrison Plantation Dessert Wine
Currently there are no wines being aged in oak and everything is in stainless steel.
If you are the Waco area, stop by and see and hear about the exciting changes for Waco Winery & Vineyards.