Wineries in the News

With New Namesake Winery, Texas Wine Veteran Yates Finds His Stride

Ron Yates wants more. After buying Spicewood Vineyards from a pair of Texas wine pioneers in 2007, he’s ready for the rest of the world to recognize the big strides that winemakers around the state have made with the quality of their wines. There is still a lot of work... Read More

1851 Vineyard Preview

1851 Vineyards is owned by John and Dabs Hollimon and is located just south of Fredericksburg. The General Manager is their daughter, Jeska Haggerty, and the winemaker is John Rivenburgh. The winery plans to open in October 2016. I have had the pleasure of meeting the Hollimons a couple times during the... Read More

Penny Adams Texas’ First Female Vineyard Manager

Every so often you encounter an individual who knows where great wine starts.People know you have to have outstanding grapes to make awesome wines. Penny Adams of Wedding Oak Winery knows this oh so well and flourishes in the vineyard, nursing her vines from infancy to awesome wine. She... Read More

Stone House Vineyard Consulted Experts For Right Grape

Stone House Vineyard is situated on a high bluff overlooking picturesque Lake Travis. A visit to the Stone House Vineyard and you understand how it got its name. The winery is constructed of massive limestone blocks each weighing more than 2,000 pounds, making it a veritable stone house. Owner Angela Moench's... Read More

Think You Can’t Take a Winery Vacation in Texas? Messina Hof Proves You Wrong

Messina Hof is more than a run-of-the-mill, grape-to-press winery—not that grape-to-press wineries are too common in Texas to begin with. But Messina Hof is the most awarded winery in the state with the most varieties—more than 30 different grapes—and more than 90 different labels. But for the wine tourist,... Read More

Hill Country Press

High Hopes for Grape Quality in Texas

Texas is a large state, and consequently both grape growing conditions and weather events can vary widely. Depending on the location of their vineyard, Texas growers during the 2016 growing season dealt with spring frosts, torrential rains, spray drift, disease pressure from downy mildew or black rot and drought. The good... Read More

A Sommelier Reveals 9 Incredible US Wine Regions That Aren’t Napa

While most people turn to France and Italy when they think of incredible wine regions, there are plenty right here in the US. And we don’t mean Napa and Sonoma. While those are great, ditch the crowds they draw and check out the many other incredible wine growing regions... Read More

Why Its Such A Good Time To Be Drinking Texas Wines

Last year was such a good year for Texas grape growers that the state wrung out its first surplus of juice -- ever. "2015 was picture perfect," says Dr. Russell Kane, influential Vintage Texas blogger and co-author of The Wineslinger Chronicles: Texas on the Vine (Texas Tech University Press, 2012). The state... Read More

Fun In Fredricksburg!

Chris Brundrett, co-owner of William Chris Vineyards said, "Here in the Hill Country, we have such a diversity of different areas and micro-climates that they all taste different." There are dozens of wineries in the Fredricksburg area, each with their own flair. "I think that from the time you drive... Read More

2016 Fall Wine Festivals

Here are the 2016 fall wine festivals we are aware of in Texas. It is too early for some planning committees so the dates are not yet set for some festivals. We will update the dates as we know them.  Read More