Longshot Winery is located in New Braunfels and is owned by Jasper McDonald. The winery opened in October 2014, and during that year they submitted their Tempranillo for the Texas Wine Lover’s Battle of the Texas Tempranillos. There has been a little confusion on their name whether it is one word “Longshot” or two words “Long Shot,” but we confirmed it is one word.
The winery is easy to find in New Braunfels and it is located in a house that was built in 1847. The renovations inside the tasting room are fantastic as there are rooms for just enjoying a glass of wine or also for holding small parties, along with keeping the original ceiling beams of the house.
Tastings are done while sitting at the tasting bar. There is a fee for tasting either five or seven wines that are available. The tastings are poured from the bottle and the winery uses both corks and screwcaps. The tasting fee includes the wine glass.
If you are hungry while tasting, you can purchase a tapas tray or artisan cheese tray to settle your hunger or cleanse your palate between wines. Speaking of wines, these are the wines that were available at the time of our visit:
- House Series:
- Sweet White
- Semi-sweet White (Sangiovese & Açaí Sweet)
- Red Painter Series:
- Jo Ann Semi-sweet
- White Cactus
- White Sangiovese (a little effervescence from California)
- Texas Sangiovese (375 ml bottle)
- Malbec – California
The wines are made in Brownfield and if they are not Texas grapes, they use grapes from Lodi for the Sangiovese and Malbec. There is a wine club that fans can join.
I was a little disappointed because I was hoping to taste the Tempranillo again and also meet Jasper McDonald, but alas, none were available at the winery. Maybe next time.
If you have a hankering for a cigar while enjoying your wine, cigars are for sale at Longshot Winery. Events are held at the winery such as live music and ice carving competitions. Yes, there is ice in Texas. Keep checking the website and Facebook page for future events.