A number of new wineries have opened in 2019 and Teysha Vineyard in Huntsville is one of them. The winery is owned by Joe and Lynn Zimmerman and the winery opened April 26, 2019. What does Teysha mean? The “Texas” state name comes from the Caddo Indian word “Teysha” meaning “Friend.”
As is often common, the estate vineyard came first, and the four-acre vineyard was planted in 2014. The vineyard grows what is typical in southeast Texas, Blanc du Bois and Lenoir. The first harvest for the vineyard was in 2018.
The winery isn’t too far from Interstate 45, and soon you are in the country and back roads where you find yourself winding through the woods. At the top of the low hill is the winery and vineyard.
There are numerous tables in the tasting room, but I decided to do a tasting at the tasting bar. There are two flights available, a four or six wine selection. The wines are poured from the bottle during your tasting.
These are the wines for selection during my visit:
- 2018 Estate Dry Blanc du Bois
- 2018 Estate Semi-Sweet Blanc du Bois
- 2018 Orange Muscat (semi-dry)
- 2018 Viognier
- 2018 Dry Riesling
- 2018 Estate Lenoir Rosé (semi-dry)
- 2018 Estate Dry Lenoir
- 2018 Estate Semi-Sweet Black Spanish
- 2018 Sabine Red (40% Tannat, 40% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon)
- 2017 Spindletop Red (field blend with mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot)
- 2017 Alicante Bouschet
- 2017 Tempranillo
- 2017 Gold Spur Reserve (same as Spindletop Red but 11 months in Bourbon barrel)
According to the tasting menu, there are even more wines coming soon. All wines are 100% Texas wines and anything that is not an Estate wine is made from fruit from the Texas High Plains.
After your testing, you can get a glass or bottle to enjoy either in the tasting room or outside on the patio with the many tables and chairs available. You can also order a cheese and meat tray to satisfy any hunger.
The winery will be creating a wine club soon, so you can enjoy the benefits of the great wine selection.
The winery is very active on social media, so check out our winery page that has their social media accounts so you can easily follow them.