Andreucci Wines is located on Main Street in Fredericksburg. The tasting room is a joint venture by Bill and Patty Sutherland along with Flavio and Lara Andreucci. Flavio is the winemaker and owner of Andreucci Wines.
The home of Andreucci Wines is in the hills of Tuscany, Italy. The Andreucci family has been making wine since 1794 and even sold wine to Napoleon Bonaparte when his army passed through their village in 1810. Their vineyards are located in the countryside between Montefollonico, Pienza, and Montepulciano.
While Flavio’s siblings before him had made decisions to be attorneys or bankers, he made the decision to carry on the family heritage of making quality wines on the family estate. Flavio uses old world techniques combined with the most modern science in making his wine, and they are made to be drinkable while still relatively young.
In 2013 along US 290 near Fredericksburg, a sign appeared announcing that Andreucci Wines was coming soon. Nobody we talked to knew anything about Andreucci Wines and they also had questions about the new sign. In March 2015, Flavio planted the vineyard at that location using experienced Tuscan employees, and planted Sangiovese, Primitivo, and Merlot. Andreucci Wines were the first Europeans to invest in the Texas Hill Country area.
In the summer of 2016, a Facebook page appeared with more information about Andreucci Wines coming to Fredericksburg. More information was now available and people were getting excited for their opening, which did happen at the end of August 2016. We visited during Labor Day weekend.
The tasting room is right on Main Street near the Admiral Nimitz Museum and is very easy to find. Tastings are done while standing at the tasting bar and there is a tasting fee for your selection of five wines. The wines are poured directly from the bottle.
Here are the wines that were available for tasting when we visited:
- Chardonnay DOC
- Donna Alma (Pinot Grigio)
- Prosecco (Extra Dry DOC) (made classic method instead of tank method)
- Moscato D’Asti DOCG
- Montepulciano D’Abruzzo
- Primitivo Del Salento
- Costavecchia (Chianti Riserva DOCG from Sangiovese and Canaiolo)
- Regale IGT Super Tuscan (Sangiovese Brunello, Cabernet Franc, Merlot)
Other wines were available for purchase such as a Brunelo Di Montalcino 2008. As you can see, these are all imported Italian wines and all we tried are very good. They do plan on making some Texas wines from the vineyard they planted. The wines are currently available only in New York State and Italy, and now Fredericksburg.
We had the chance to meet both Bill Sutherland and Flavio Andreucci. Now we know whose face is on the side of the Andreucci Wines poster.
There is a small gift shop with clothing and wine accessories in the tasting room. Andreucci Wines has a wine club already which people can join to enjoy more of the wines which are not available for tasting. With a back room and table, they plan to eventually hold private wine tastings.
We recommend stopping at Andreucci Wines to taste Italian wines you will not find nearby. As we were told, “The world is coming to Texas.”