Esperanza Winery is located in Blanco and is owned by Judith Raven. Judith started the vineyard in 2000 and it was now time to open a winery. The winery opened on April 19, 2019.
We visited Esperanza Winery when it first opened on a Sunday, so we had the winery to ourselves with Judith. The winery’s tasting room has been many businesses over the year, but now wine is being served.
The tasting room has the bar on one side and on the other is a room with comfortable couches along with a table and chairs available for events. While you are seated in the lounge area, a television has a slideshow with photos from Esperanza Vineyard. Do you want to relax and enjoy a good book along with your wine? You can do that too with a large selection of books available to read. Esperanza Winery does everything to make you feel at home.
Now let’s step up to the tasting bar where tastings are done. For the ladies, put your purse on the purse hook so you can better concentrate on your wine tasting. The wines are poured using a measured pourer and there is a fee for the current five wines.
These are the wines available at the time of our visit:
- 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
- 2017 Tannat
- 2017 Tempranillo
- 2014 50% Petite Sirah, 50% Sangiovese – Reddy Vineyard
- Orange Muscat (sweet)
All wines are 100% Texas except for the Sauvignon Blanc. That is only a temporary situation until more Texas Sauvignon Blanc grapes are available.
When you are done with your tasting, you can shop in the gift shop which contains many different shirts with wonderful wine sayings.
If you have a dog, the winery is pet friendly and even has dog biscuits for your pet.
You will have the opportunity to see multiple bird cages throughout the winery. No, they do not contain birds, but used corks. Judith Raven is a big collector of corks, so feel free to bring her some corks on your next visit to Esperanza Winery.
If you are in the area, Esperanza Winery will be having their Grand Opening on Thursday, June 27 at 4 p.m.