Welcome to the original winery that opened on the Georgetown square over 18 years ago. This business led the way for other wineries to join them over the years, making Georgetown a destination for shopping, restaurants, and wineries.
If you have not visited Georgetown Winery in the past few years, you will notice some changes immediately upon entering the tasting room as previous owners Dan and Becca Marek updated the interior in 2021. The dark wood and rustic interior got replaced with a light and bright contemporary style. The space now features soft white walls with uplighting and a white decorative tin ceiling that features a skylight bringing more natural light into the space.
The tasting room now has seating pushed to one side along the length of the room with numerous tables. The front portion near the entrance now features a gourmet food market offering numerous Texas and local provisions for foodies, and options for snacks to pair with your wines. Many of the items also would be ideal to tuck into wine gift baskets.
The winery has since been sold to a new owner, Lori Mann. The winemaker, however, remains Dan Marek providing customers and wine club members with the same winemaking style and wines that they have grown to love over the years. So as much as some things change, thankfully some things remain the same.
The tasting menu currently features many of the same wines that that winery has continued to produce annually with four white wines, nine sweet fruit wines, eleven dry red wines, three premium red wines, plus two ports. An extensive selection that occasionally increases during the winter when the fan-favorite cranberry wine arrives on their menu. Additionally, a couple of blends like the Cowboy Red and Blacksmith Premium do change annually in the blend of grapes a bit making each unique and something to keep coming back to sample.
During my tasting I sampled the Chardonnay barrel aged for 11 months. This isn’t a buttery Chardonnay wine. This is a refreshing, bright white with a distinct subtle smokiness to it adding to the complexity.
The second wine sampled was the Sangiovese featuring red fruit notes on the nose and very fruit forward. This wine also features some stronger acids, making this an ideal wine for food pairing and enjoying with some of the snacks the winery sells in the shop.
The third wine sampled was the Big Tex blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Merlot. A lovely dark red colored wine, very smooth with intensely rich red jam fruit notes and depth. A very lovely sipper.
The final wine sampled was the Blacksmith Premium Reserve, a blend of Petite Sirah and Barolo, featuring a rich purple red hue and herbaceous notes on the nose. This bottle features good tannins and moderate acids with notes of herbs, cherry, blueberry, and a hint of plum. A nice wine to pair with Italian and beef dishes as well as charcuterie.
If you are in the area looking for wineries to visit in Georgetown, you should stop in and pay a visit. Wine tastings are for four wines, and you get to choose any on the menu. The winery has so many options from sweet wines to dry as well as the dessert wines that there should be something for every wine palate to enjoy. If you want to keep your wine glass, you can pay a little extra to take that souvenir glass with you. You can buy glasses of wine in addition to bottles including premium blends.
If you stop in on a Friday, Saturday, and even sometimes a Sunday, you will find a local musician providing live entertainment to further enhance your experience. Bring some friends and family, stay a while, and make it an afternoon or evening exploring the menu and finding your favorites.