Landon Winery first opened their winery in McKinney on the downtown square. Since that time, the Greenville location opened which offers a restaurant. All production is now done in Greenville too and with the production there, they also offer a wonderful tour of the facilities every Saturday afternoon.
A third location opened earlier this year at the end of April in Wylie. When I was in the area, I made sure I took a side trip to visit the new location. Before going, I made my usual plans such as setting my GPS to the location. I had been to Wylie before and comparing addresses, I was correct that the former 96 West Winery was located in the same building. This was great to see that a prominent winery such as Landon Winery would be bringing wine back to Wylie, and it made good business sense too since not much had to probably be done since the building was a former winery.
I made it to the small town of Wylie, parked, and without any direction, knew where the winery building was. I had learned that the winery’s wine club pickup party was going to be happening that Saturday afternoon, so I made a point to arrive before the event started.
There were a few people in the tasting room when I entered, ran into Don, a Texas Wine Lover follower, and after a brief look around to see what had changed from the last time I was there, I went to the tasting bar to try what was new. I had messaged winemaker Jason Dodson earlier and asked if he recommended anything, so I already knew at least two wines I would be trying.
Tastings are available at the tasting bar, and later if you want to enjoy some wine you decide upon, there are a number of tables in the tasting room where you can sit. There is a fee for tasting five wines and a little higher fee if you want to keep the logo wine glass. Since there is a large selection of wines to taste, you can select additional wines for a fee per taste. While tasting, you can purchase a cheese tray, dip trio, or hummus plate, all in two different sizes.
At the time of my visit, there were nine white wines, eight red wines, three wines from Napa grapes, six sweet wines, and four dessert wines. Landon Winery is transparent as to where the grapes and fruit come from for their wines.
Oh, the two wines I was told to try? They were the 2016 Viognier and 2015 Tempranillo, of course, both 100% Texas. Both were very good, and I even got to do a side by side comparison of the 2014 and 2015 Tempranillo. It was tough to decide which Tempranillo I enjoyed more, but I did end up buying the 2015.
While tasting, I met general manager Kim DeFoe who explained a little bit about the tasting room. She was busy with the rest of the staff getting ready for the wine club pickup party, but still was gracious in providing some time to answer questions.
One of the things Landon Winery did in the building was open up the top section of the tasting room. The space had previously been offices, but they opened up the wall so you can look down into the main tasting room and added tables there too. That provides even more space in the tasting room, which I am sure they do need, especially after seeing the amount of wine club members later.
The wine club members were starting to arrive and I did not want to take up any of their space. It had been another wonderful tasting at a Landon Winery location. Now that you have three locations to visit Landon Winery, definitely make a point to visit one of them for some great Texas wine.