Messina Hof 40th Anniversary Harvest Celebration

Posted on September 15, 2017

Messina Hof Winery & Resort has been celebrating their 40th Anniversary all year and for good reason. They were one of the first Texas wineries and after 40 years, they have grown into a winery now located in three areas of the state and possibly more coming. Messina Hof has always promoted Texas wine and this year will now be using 100% Texas fruit and producing over 70,000 cases of wine for themselves, not to mention the other 14,000+ cases of wine made for other Texas wineries.  Read More

Summer Fun at Perissos, New Releases!

Posted on July 17, 2017

The cycle of wine vintages is such an extraordinary thing if you think about it. Something such as wine that is very common, is a commodity that could become a bit boring fairly quickly. However, each new year brings about an awareness of something fresh, something new. I think that is one of the reasons wine tends to draw us in with its beauty and majesty. It is reborn each and every vintage, as to provide our minds and palates with a cyclical cleansing affect. How kind of our little friend called wine to provide us such sustenance for our... Read More

The 8 American Wineries With The Best Restaurants On Site

Posted on April 18, 2017

Visiting a winery is a fantastic activity, but after all that wine tasting, you’re probably going to be extremely hungry. While lots of wineries provide snacks and even boxed lunches you can purchase, some go the extra mile by having a restaurant on site, and many of these restaurants are half of the reason to head to that winery in the first place. Here are the 8 winery restaurants across the country that are worth the trip for the food alone…. 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

Hill Country Vineyards Expect 2016 Harvest To Be Best Crop In Years!

Posted on August 04, 2016

During the spring, San Antonio was hit with a few hail storms, but the hill country was mostly spared. That was a plus for vineyards, including the Kuhlken Vineyard, which produces the grapes used for the wines at Pedernales Cellars and Armadillo's Leap. "To not have had any hail is just golden," Pedernales Cellars owner Julie Kuhlken said. "It's very hard to grow the grapes because there all this damage, you have to nurse the grape plants through." Read More

Pet Friendly Texas Wineries

Posted on August 04, 2016

They say a dog is man’s best friend. But do not forget about a cat who many feline lovers would argue that they are a man’s best friend. Regardless, a pet is part of the family. And when a family travels and there is no convenient way to watch for those other members of your family, you may want to take your fur kids along with you on your trip. That also holds true when you want to visit a winery. Read More

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