Armadillo’s Leap gives First AL Gives Award

Posted on January 30, 2017

Armadillo’s Leap Winery in Fredericksburg awarded Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center $2,000 this past Friday, January 20th, as the first beneficiary of a program it launched to support Texas Hill Country and Central Texas non-profit organizations through its wine sales.Armadillo’s Leap opened in late 2015 by the Kuhlken-Osterberg family who founded Pedernales Cellars.  Read More

Hill Country Sips: A Tale of Two Brothers and Their Wines

Posted on January 25, 2017

Texas Hill Country natives Gill and Bill Bledsoe don’t just share a passion for grapes and the same last name; they’re also twins. Yet as similar as they may look, each of them grows their own grapes favoring different varietals and creating wholly unique wines from the other. Pillar Bluff Vineyards lies just outside of Lampasas on the border between Lampasas and Burnet counties.  Read More

Two Wineries Join Texas Hill Country Wineries!

Posted on December 19, 2016

The news this week is that Texas Hill Country Wineries has added two new wineries to its association making a total of 52 wineries! The two new wineries joining are 1851 Vineyards and Ron Yates. 1851 Vineyards is owned by John and Dabs Hollimon and is just south of Fredericksburg. The winemaker is John Rivenburgh. A seven-acre vineyard is part of the estate property. You can read more about 1851 Vineyards on our recent visit. Read More

Wimberley Valley Winery Making Wine In Texas Since 1983

Posted on October 26, 2016

Founded in 1983, Wimberley Valley Winery has a proud history of producing fine wines in central Texas with a focus on quality and a wide selection to suit all palates. From special Christmas wines to seasonal fruit wines, Wimberley Valley Winery goes beyond the status quo to bring creativity and freshness to the world of wine. Winemaker, Dean Valentine, has been with the winery from the start and continues to masterfully balance innovative wine production techniques  Read More

Oktoberfest Wine Dinner by Lost Draw Cellars

Posted on October 24, 2016

Join us in welcoming Lost Draw Cellars to Hoffman Haus as they introduce us to their wines grown by Andy Timmons, a fourth generation Texas High Plains farmer. Lost Draw Vineyards outside Brownfield, Texas, in Terry County, grows some of the best grapes in the state and supplies a number of Hill Country Wineries with quality fruit.  Read More

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

Posted on September 27, 2016

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 to be done to get Texas wine as good as it could be, of course, but at least he doesn’t have to worry as much about getting visitors out to the winery in Spicewood. Droves of people, many of them younger crowds who aren’t yet swayed toward particular... Read More

1851 Vineyard Preview

Posted on September 16, 2016

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 past two years when they were talking about their vineyard and their upcoming winery. When I mentioned to John Rivenburgh that we would be in the Fredericksburg area during Labor Day weekend, he arranged for us to visit 1851 Vineyards winery and get a preview of what was to come. Read More

Penny Adams Texas’ First Female Vineyard Manager

Posted on September 15, 2016

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 is one of two or three women in Texas who thrives with her grape vines in the vineyards.She got her degree in viticulture from Texas A&M University in 1980 Read More

Stone House Vineyard Consulted Experts For Right Grape

Posted on September 14, 2016

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 vision, passion, and drive are as strong as the stone house on which the winery sits. Read More

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

Posted on September 09, 2016

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, it’s notable for its three Texas locations in Bryan, Fredericksburg and Grapevine. The family of wineries also features two bed-and-breakfasts, a restaurant and an urban winery in a historic hotel.  Read More

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