Recently while my wife and I were in Midtown Houston, we stopped in to visit Sable Gate Winery to try their wines, food, and chat with owner Szilvia Konya. Szilvia shared that she is originally from Hungary where her family grew grapes in their vineyard and also made wine. Being from a multi-generational family of grape growers, it was just a matter of time before she had her own winery. In the fall of 2017, Szilvia and her husband opened Sable Gate Winery to share her lifetime love of wines with the people of Houston.
The modern space fits hip Midtown well and includes a long bar and lots of tables with seating. The wine production space is open so guests can see the winemaking process in action. There is also a large patio that’s perfect for the fall patio weather we’re experiencing in Houston now.
Sable Gate Winery is an affiliate of Waters Edge Wineries, which helps with sourcing of fruit globally as well as production. Waters Edge has a winery in California to help its affiliate wineries get started while they transition to more on-site production. Sable Gate offers over 35 wines, covering a wide variety of styles of wines; from lighter-bodied whites to bolder reds, to sparkling wines. They are currently producing the following wines on site:
- Trek (Argentine Malbec)
- Big Daddy Red (California blend)
- Copper Berry (Chilean Pinot Noir)
- Bella (California Chardonnay)
- Pink (California Moscato blend)
- 65 Degrees (French Sauvignon Blanc)
- 49er (California Cabernet blend)
- Vieux Chateau Du Roi (French GSM blend)
- 2013 Monterey County Shiraz
Sable Gate offers all of their wines by the glass or bottle, and there is also offers a winemaker’s flight of five wines. The flight changes weekly giving return visitors a chance to try a wider variety of their wines over time. Szilvia and her staff are friendly and very knowledgeable about not only their wines but wine overall. After asking my wife a few questions about her wine preferences, Szilvia suggested a glass of their French GSM blend. I went with a winemaker’s flight so I could try a variety of their wines. We enjoyed all of the wines we tried and found them to be balanced and well-made with restraint. With such an expansive menu of wines, Sable Gate offers guests a lot of opportunity to try something new.
Sable Gate Winery also has a food menu with plenty of items that pair well with their wines. We tried a flatbread and one of their popular charcuterie boards. Guests can build their own board of three, five, or seven items from their selection of almost twenty meats and cheeses. We had trouble picking, so a seven item board was the way to go for us! Sable Gate also offers a brunch menu on Sundays, something we’ll definitely check out on our next visit.
Sable Gate keeps a full calendar of events, so be sure to check out their Facebook page or website for the latest.