San Ducerro Vineyards is located in Yoakum and is owned by Keith and Joyce Foster. The winery opened March 28, 2015. Keith will be handling the winemaking but initially, the winery is using Texas Custom Wine Works to provide wines based on the winery’s specifications.
On the 18.4 acres, there is a five-acre vineyard growing Black Spanish and Blanc du Bois. Joyce Foster is managing the two-year-old vineyard. Also on the property is a 3,750 square foot metal building which houses the tasting room, event center, and in the future the production room with tanks and barrels.
When we arrived at the winery, we were fortunate to be the only guests at the moment until some others soon arrived, but that gave us time to talk to Joyce and Keith Foster. Also behind the tasting bar was their youngest daughter Rachel.
Tastings are done while sitting at the tasting bar. There are two tasting fees, both for the same number of wines they have at the time, but the higher tasting fee includes the wine glass. Tastings are poured from the uncorked bottles using measured pourers. Oyster crackers were available to help cleanse our palates during the tastings.
These are the wines we were able to taste:
- Blanc du Bois – Dry
- Blanc du Bois – SemiSweet
- Becca’s Blush (named after their oldest daughter Rebecca)
- Rhapsody Red (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese)
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Since their vineyard is not producing yet, they are relying on grapes from Texas Custom Wine Works. San Ducerro Vineyards had a delay in getting their license and since it didn’t come in until right after last year’s harvest, it was difficult to get Texas grapes. The plan is to do 100% Texas grapes when they can get them, but if they can’t, they’ll have to go elsewhere. The Blanc du Bois is from Texas grapes but the rest of the grapes come from Lodi, CA.
There already is a wine club in place called the 1836 Wine Club. They have had some events like live music in their event room. They have a steak night where customers can bring a steak and San Ducerro will cook it for them. I wish they lived closer for that! Also coming soon is a local author who will be doing a book signing. A new patio has recently been poured and they are excited to offer that seating to their guests.
San Ducerro Vineyards makes another nice addition to the Texas Independence Wine Trail.