If you’re a woman, a wine lover, and happen to be a local in the Texas Hill Country, you may be interested in joining the local chapter of Women For WineSense, which is being organized by our very own Amie Nemec. The planning stages are just getting started and you don’t want to miss out. But whether you’re a local or live elsewhere in the state, you won’t want to miss out on the national convention being held in Fredericksburg later this month.
Women For WineSense (WWS), a national non-proﬁt educational organization dedicated to advancing women in the wine industry, is proud to host Wine, Dine, and Shine in Texas, a three-day wine event in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. From May 18 to May 20, attendees from all over the U.S. will experience the best of Texas wine through educational seminars, panels, vineyard tours, luncheons, and more.
“Texas has a long winemaking history, dating back to the 1600s, and is the ﬁfth largest wine-producing region in the U.S. But, even more exciting than that, Texas wines are winning more and more wine competitions nationally. We knew we had to share the region with our members, so hosting our event in the Texas Hill Country was an easy decision,” said Susan Via, President of the Dallas chapter of Women For WineSense and Wine, Dine, and Shine in Texas event chair.
The event kicks off Thursday, May 18, with a welcome reception and walk around tasting of wines from Becker Vineyards, Bending Branch Winery, Bingham Family Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Grape Creek Vineyards, Hidden Hangar Vineyard and Winery, Hilmy Cellars, Messina Hof, Pedernales Cellars, Spicewood Vineyards, and Siboney Cellars.
On Friday, May 19, attendees will tour and taste at William Chris Vineyards, Hilmy Cellars, and Becker Vineyards. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore Fredericksburg’s unique shops, tasting rooms, and restaurants.
Saturday, May 20, brings educational sessions led by four exceptional wine experts in the Texas wine industry:
- The Evolution of Texas Wines – See How Far We’ve Come! with Maureen Qualia, Enology Lecturer at Texas Tech University.
- Characteristics of Texas AVAs with Ed Hellman, Emeritus Professor of Viticulture and Enology at Texas Tech University.
- The History of the Texas Hill Country AVA and the New Texas Grape and Wine Institute with Susan Auler of Fall Creek Vineyards.
- Lone Star State of Mind: Texas Wines and Stories that Inspire with Shelly Wilfong of This is Texas Wine.
The day also includes a Texas Women Winemakers panel discussion during lunch featuring Bénédicte Rhyne of Kuhlman Cellars, Rachel Fanning of Augusta Vin Winery and Vineyards, and Marissa Bingham of Bingham Family Vineyards.
A farewell dinner at Feast and Merriment, featuring local foods and more sampling of Texas wines, caps off the day Saturday.
Throughout the event, wines from Texas wineries including Adelphos Cellars, Becker Vineyards, Bending Branch Winery, Bingham Family Vineyards, Driftwood Estate Winery, Duchman Family Winery, Eden Hill Vineyards, Farmhouse Vineyards, French Connection Wines, Grape Creek Vineyards, Haak Vineyards & Winery, Hidden Hangar Winery, Hilmy Cellars, Llano Estacado, Pedernales Cellars, Rancho Loma Vineyard, Spicewood Vineyards, Texas Heritage Vineyard, and Torr Na Lochs will be poured.
“Wine, Dine, and Shine in Texas is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to dive into Texas wines, whether an aﬁcionado or just curious. The wineries we are visiting are outstanding (and really understand Texas hospitality!), the wines we are tasting truly give an overview of the excellence Texas has to offer, and the workshops offer the opportunity to dig deep and understand what is happening in the Texas wine scene, as well as what is on the horizon,” said Amy Gross, National President of Women For WineSense.
More information and tickets for the full event or individual events are available for purchase through May 10 on the Women For WineSense website. Full event/all access tickets are $499 for WWS members and $599 for non-members. Single event tickets are $95 for Thursday’s tasting and $249 for Saturday’s seminars and lunch.