Live Happy Lane Winery is a pretty place with a quiet, relaxed, feeling located down a wooded two-lane road on the outskirts of Greenville on a beautiful 80-acre property. Ernie and Michelle Mays founded Live Happy Lane in 2019 and things have been moving fast ever since.
Ernie and Michelle decided to make wine after embarking on their own personal Texas wine-tasting tour, meeting and learning from winemakers and growers, which culminated in the feeling of being called to serve others by creating a place to get away and be restored.
It’s a family affair; their son Michael Henry is the General Manager, and Ashley Ellis, their daughter who is an artist, creates original art for many of the wine labels. Michelle oversees the wine side of the operation and Ernie manages the business end.
When you arrive at the winery, you’ll find a welcoming outdoor covered tasting area with firepits to keep warm in fall and winter and cooling fans for the summer heat. There is a food truck serving locally sourced breakfast, lunch, and snack options to accompany your Live Happy Lane wine.
I recently visited and had the opportunity to talk with Ernie and Michael and taste some of their 100% Texas wine from the vineyards in the Texas High Plains.
Live Happy Lane makes a wide variety of wines that include red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert wines, many of which have labels with cool original art by Ashley Ellis.
I tasted several interesting wines, all of which are offered at the winery, as well as through the website and with Wine Club membership:
- 2019 Tannat
- 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
- 2021 Grenache Noir
- 2021 Mourvèdre
- 2021 Mesmer Eyes – Red Tuscan field blend
- 2021 Stud – Red blend
These Texas High Plains wines are also offered:
- Dry and Sweet White blends
- Dry and Sweet White Sparkling and a Sparkling Rosé
Plans for the future
There are plans to plant a vineyard on eight acres at the estate property in Greenville sometime during the next year. They also own 155 acres of land in Meadow, Texas, in the High Plains, which is where most of the grapes for their wine production are grown. About half of the acreage is currently planted in several grape varieties and there are plans to plant more.
The land surrounding the current tasting area, where the expanded facilities are under construction, is peaceful and wooded. A pond and planned water feature will be adjacent to the wine lounge and larger tasting patio, and a bridge over a small stream connects to the guest cottages. Development plans include the wine lounge/event center that is almost complete and is modeled after a historic barn that was on property the family owns in Oklahoma. They are even using some of the reclaimed wood for the new structure. It will be called The Duncan, in honor of the original. There are also plans for a spa/wellness center, an art gallery, guest cottages that will be available for short term rental, a bistro, and chapel. The vision is to create a destination for people to enjoy wine, food, art, nature, and wellness.