Yellow Brick Road Winery is located in Sealy and is owned by Denyce Treybig. The winery opened December 2014 and is located in a great location not far off I-10 and about 35 minutes west of West Houston.
We found the winery easily without needing GPS coordinates, and on the 50 acre lot is a 1940’s farmhouse converted into tasting room, production building, and a one acre vineyard of Blanc du Bois. Denyce is the vineyard manager and is taking advice from Blanc du Bois expert Jerry Watson who has his own Austin County Vineyards.
A large patio wooden deck outside the tasting room beckons you into the tasting room. We have been into some older houses converted into tasting rooms and were very pleasantly surprised when we entered Yellow Brick Road Winery’s tasting room and it was like a modern house after the remodeling. On the right is the tasting bar, the left has tables, and on the other side of the left side is more comfortable seating, but in the rear corner is the drawing card for the winery with multiple musical instruments including a baby grand piano, hence coming the name, the piano winery. Recorded piano music was playing making it a nice setting to enjoy a glass of wine.
We first met Denyce Treybig behind the tasting bar while we sat down to do a tasting. Denyce explained even though they are open during the day, many customers arrive in the evening to enjoy wine and the atmosphere. We could understand that with the atmosphere like a piano bar and having the ability to talk to each other while listening to pleasant music.
Tastings are done at the tasting bar and there is a tasting fee for four wines, even though Denyce said she surprises people with an off-menu dessert wine at the end. The tasting glass can be purchased for a little bit more with the tasting fee and is less expensive than if you purchased the glass by itself. Crackers are provided during the tasting to cleanse your palate. If you are hungry, you can also purchase a meat and cheese plate or a vegan cheese and fruit plate.
Yellow Brick Road Winery has two wines of their own made by Denyce, the winemaker. They are supplementing the wine list now with quality wines from around the world including Napa and Argentina. Even though there are only two wines right now, there should be four more wines by the end of the year including a wine appropriately called Symphony.
The two wines right now are a white blend (Pinot Grigio and Muscadine) and a red blend (Petite Shiraz and Cabernet Franc). As mentioned, there are a number of wines from around the world including white, red, blush, and dessert wines.
While tasting, we got the chance to meet Gerry Math. Gerry is a composer and concert pianist. We soon learned that the pre-recorded music is played while Gerry takes a break. The other times he is playing the musical instruments.
When we first heard him playing, he was serenading a table with the violin playing the theme song “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic. Later, we found Gerry behind the piano playing another piece. We could definitely understand why people would attend the piano winery to enjoy wine and listen to the live music.
There are many events held at the winery including single nights, bring your dog out, and more. Keep watching their Facebook page for future events.
If you want to visit a winery where you can sit, relax, and listen to live music, do not hesitate to stop by Yellow Brick Road Winery.