If you have traveled down US 290 in Fredericksburg, you most surely have noticed the store with fields of wildflowers called Wildseed Farms. The store was started in 1983 by John and Marilyn Thomas. They planted their first vineyard in 2015 and it now has 28 acres. They plan on enlarging the vineyard in 2022 with an additional 12 acres.
During the summer of 2019, Wildseed Vineyards began wine production. Another Texas winery had a tasting room at the location but Wildseed Vineyards remodeled that location into their own tasting room for their wines and opened it in 2021.
We always enjoyed stopping at Wildseed Farms to look at the different plants and other items for sale in the store. The last time I visited the store by myself to see how the tasting room had changed from the previous winery.
I expected the tasting room to still exist but with Wildseed Farms wines instead. I was surprised to learn it had been enlarged into a new space and offered inside seating instead of outside as before.
These were the wines offered at the time of my visit on the tasting menu:
- Oaked Albariño
- Wildseed Viognier
- Primrose Rosé
- 2019 Wildseed Tempranillo
- 2018 Tannat
- Atrevido Red Blend
Other wines are also available including different food.
I was surprised to see Dabs Hollimon walking around. She was the co-owner and winemaker at 1851 Vineyards, and I thought they had retired. She saw me and I learned she is now the wine consultant at Wildseed Vineyards. In fact, the 2018 Tannat being offered was a wine she had made. It was one of the best wines being offered.
Next time you want to stop and look at the wildflowers and plants at Wildseed Farms, make sure you also visit the tasting room.