Weston McCoury is the winemaker at Fiesta Winery. The main winery is in Lometa, Texas, but also has two locations in Fredericksburg on Main Street and along US 290. The winery opened late 2010, but has made incredible progress since then becoming a favorite among many wine lovers. This month we are proud to present Weston McCoury as the monthly winemaker profile.
- What did you do before becoming a winemaker (if anything)?
I was a partner in a diesel mechanic business in San Saba, Texas.
- What is the toughest challenge about being a winemaker in Texas?
Mother Nature of course; you can have four seasons of weather all in one day here.
- Is winemaking an art or a science or both?
Both. We all have our own art of winemaking. While the basic science occurs in every wine, things can be manipulated to fit our need and style of that particular wine.
- What is your favorite food and wine pairing?
My favorite pairing right now is our 2015 Texas Country Road. It pairs beautifully with one of my grilled rib eye steaks.
- If you didn’t make wine, what would you do?
I am not sure. I grew up with a farming and ranching background, and I have always had a love for the land and working with my hands.
- What first attracted you to winemaking and how long have you been doing it?
My best friend got married at Fiesta. That is where I met Savannah, my wife. Shortly after we started dating I would come and help at the winery on the weekends. Shortly after that, I was hooked and started working at the winery in January 2012.
- What is the most common question you are asked as a winemaker?
Do you still stomp grapes with your feet?!?
- After a long day in the winery or vineyard, what do you do?
Go home and spend time with my family. Savannah and I have been blessed to be able to raise our kids the way we were. Both Bailey and Rhett have been able to come to work with us and learn at an early age all aspects of the winery and vineyard.
- What’s the greatest part about being a winemaker?
Taking a wine from fruit to bottle, all the while juggling the other parts to the winery, vineyard, and a working ranch. Hard work pays off in the end every time.
- What is your winemaking philosophy, that is, what are you trying to achieve with your wines?
We strive to bring you superior wine full of love from our family to yours.
- Anything else you would like to add?
I would not be able to do all the things that we accomplish without the help from my great team that works alongside me every day. They are the real heroes here. We put in countless hours of blood, sweat, and tears to bring you the highest quality product available.