Often a winery in Texas has had to expand which is always great because that means business is good, Texas wine is flowing, and consumers are discovering Texas does make wine. Here are some Texas wineries we discovered recently that had to expand to provide better service for their customers.
Sloan & Williams Winery
Sloan & Williams Winery, owned by Alan Kunst and Ralph Mattison, is located in Grapevine. The winery opened in July 2014 in a location on a street off Main Street, but business has been good and a new location opened up on Main Street. We visited the new location during GrapeFest and it was a lot bigger and provided more room for customers to enjoy the wines.
I talked to Alan Kunst and he said the old location is currently being used for wine tours and private events. However, there will be something new happening at the old location in November, so stay tuned to Texas Wine Lover.
Peach Creek Vineyards
Peach Creek Vineyards is located in College Station and is owned by Ken and Donna Stolpman. The winery opened in 2011 with a small tasting room adjacent to the house but quickly outgrew the size with the popularity of the winery and the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. A new tasting room was built next to the previous location along with a very large open pavilion. The large tasting room and pavilion should give Peach Creek Vineyards more years of growth. As you can tell from the photos below, Ken and Donna are a lot of fun, so stop by to see the new tasting room and say hi to them.
Rosemary’s Vineyard & Winery
It has been a while since we last visited Rosemary’s Vineyard & Winery located in La Grange. Emmett and Beatrice Schulze own the winery and every time we visited before, the tasting room was in a small building behind the house and Emmett Schulze was the only person we saw. This time we visited, the entire tasting room and winery were now in a separate large building by the vineyard. We also got the chance to meet Beatrice Schulze, who on the Texas Independence Wine Trail Heritage Week event, the first event for the new wine trail, served a fabulous tamale with homemade jalapeno jelly. The new tasting room now even has a large event room that seats 75 people.
Rohan Meadery also in La Grange obviously makes mead, and the previous time we visited they had ventured into a few grape wines too. On our last visit, we learned John and Wendy Rohan are now making hard cider. Two ciders are available, a dry and semi-sweet cider (not really that sweet), and were very good. Business has been so good that the tasting bar had to be moved further away from the production area, which is directly behind the tasting bar. Wendy said they are in need to expand even more because there is only so much the tasting bar can be moved. Meads, wines, and hard cider make Rohan Meadery a place to visit.