Winery incubators are nothing new to Texas now that Old Man Scary Cellars has opened under the guidance of Wedding Oak Winery. But now there is a new incubator in the plans that will be located in the Texas Hill Country on popular U.S. 290.
The winery incubator will be modeled after the successful ventures in California, Washington, and Oregon, and will be located in Stonewall, Texas at the corner of U.S. 290 and St. Francis Street in what was previously the Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department headquarters. An architectural rendering of the facility is in the above image.
The current plan is to offer aspiring and boutique winemakers the space they need and the equipment necessary to grow their businesses and produce up to 1,500 cases of wine per year. After that, the winery can expand in-place or venture out on their own.
There will be space for up to four enologists and offer the necessary equipment, cold storage, and office space. A future cooperative tasting room will allow the boutique winemakers the opportunity to grow their labels at a fraction of the investment needed to create their own operations from scratch.
Professionals from the award-winning Kuhlman Cellars will be available for paid-consulting services and will periodically visit the incubator spaces to offer advice, share experiences, market contacts, and other “trade talk.” Tenants will be ideally positioned to access and learn from the cooperative winery professionals nearby and be free to focus on growth and expansion with a dramatically reduced financial commitment.
While the facility will be appropriately licensed and bonded with both TABC and TTB, it will operate as an Alternating Proprietorship requiring each tenant winery to be independently licensed and responsible for detailed statutory record-keeping.
If you are interested in the opportunity the new incubator will be providing, please contact Jeff Williams, Owner/Broker, at [email protected] or (830) 456-9324.