Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail - Colony Cellars Winery

Colony Cellars Winery

Colony Cellars Winery
Colony Cellars Winery | Source

Wildflowers and Wine


Colony Cellars was one of seven wineries within relative close proximity to Houston, Texas that was included in the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail in the year 2010.

My husband and I often enjoy a sojourn into the countryside each Spring to see the bounty of the Texas wildflowers blanketing the fields and sides of the roads with their brilliant varicolored beauty.

It gives me a chance to capture an additional colorful picture or two (or innumerable photos...according to my husband) of more wildflowers in radiant bloom.

That year the wildflower show was reputed to be especially plentiful due to abundant rain that fell at the appropriate time to generate a lavish exhibition.

Since both of us also enjoy wine, we thought that we could combine our interests and partake of not only viewing the Texas wildflowers and photographing them, but also tasting some of the Texas wines that were less familiar to us.


Colony Cellars Winery

 Colony Cellars
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Colony Cellars Winery


Parking any snobbish pretensions by the door was encouraged as one would enter Colony Cellars. The owners, Don and Ruby Corley (also referred to as "Mr. C" or "Mrs. C") were the most genial and warmhearted folks you were likely to meet.


Their employee who was there that beautiful April day was equally friendly and helpful as she assisted in pouring the samples of wine. And pour she and "Mrs. C" did!


Samples of 12 wines were served in four distinct categories. Fortunately a dump bucket is furnished and can be utilized at will.


Most of the time people entering their doors can sample four wines for free or taste all 12 for the meager sum of $3.00. For $5.75 they include snacks which is extremely reasonable!


As a participant of the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail all 12 wines were included in the tasting and a cheddar fondue and Swiss fondue with white corn scoops and Galletas cookies were offered as well.

Bottled wines from Colony Cellars Winery

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Wildflowers at Colony Cellars Winery

Wildflowers on the Colony Cellar's property
Wildflowers on the Colony Cellar's property | Source

Grape varieties


For those who are interested in the varieties of grapes grown by the Corley family, they included the following: Black Spanish, Magnolia, Blanc duBois, Carlos, Chambourcin, Noble and Cynthiana. These grape varieties we were told grow well in this part of Texas.

Located about 30 miles northwest of Houston, Colony Cellars was located on a bit of a hill that is comprised of much sand according to Mr. Corley with whom we got to visit with for a brief time after our tasting.

With those varieties they blend wines for four distinct labels titled CRISP, SMOOTH, RICH and RANDOM HARVEST with a blanc, blush and red made for each label.


RANDOM HARVEST seemed like an interesting name and we learned what it meant. Little bits of wine remain from each category each year...not enough to bottle under a single label. So with these wines a new blend is created and as "Mrs. C" told us...she was "outvoted" when she suggested the name "potluck."

Colony Cellars Winery

Colony Cellars viewed from the back of the building
Colony Cellars viewed from the back of the building | Source

Colony Cellars Winery

Christmas trees as well as wine produced on this property
Christmas trees as well as wine produced on this property | Source

Filtering Ponds


One of three ponds on the property is pictured above. This ponds created pristine filtered water.

"Mr. C" told us that the water from the wine making process as well as drainage from rooftops was saved and routed into one of three ponds on the property. It was then filtered with the aid of fish and plant life and was circulated into the second pond where more natural filtering takes place. By the time it reaches the pond nearest the tasting room and gift shop, it was truly clean and usable water.

With the help of an underground watering system, the grape vines as well as the Christmas trees also grown on their property were all kept nicely watered.

Water purification ponds at Colony Cellars Winery

Plantlife in one of the ponds helping to purify the water
Plantlife in one of the ponds helping to purify the water | Source

Fermentation

Whole cluster fermentation is used when crushing the grapes with the skins left intact and Colony Cellars was only one of two Texas wineries that did that.

It was explained to us that not only did they think that it imparts more flavor and color to the wines, but drinking their white wines gave as much in the way of health benefits as drinking their reds by utilizing this method.

Colony Cellars Winery

View of Colony Cellars from the parking lot
View of Colony Cellars from the parking lot | Source

Texas Wildflowers

Texas wildflowers
Texas wildflowers | Source
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Enjoyable get-away


Colony Cellars Winery was located out in the fresh county air and the people working there had very friendly manners.

It was the beginning of their fourth year of selling bottled wine since opening for business in November of 2006.

Ultimately all 30 acres was planned to be under cultivation.

Producing about 10,000 cases a year of wine, each year they added about 2,000 more to their total production.

They used to host private functions of all types as well as tours and picnic tables were set out in various locations on the property and the public was invited to utilize them.

Normal business hours were from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Thursday to Sunday.

Their physical address was the following: 35955 Richard Frey Road, Waller, Texas 77484.


UPDATE...


We had heard that Colony Cellars was up for sale sometime after our visit and apparently they are now closed. Hopefully "Mr. and Mrs. C" are faring well with new endeavors of their choice. We wish them well!


Bluebonnets


While we had yet to view many bluebonnets, we saw these Texas wildflowers along-side the country roads shortly after leaving Colony Cellars and stopped to take a few pictures.

Closer to Brenham, we were to see numerous fields of bluebonnets. Many cars were stopped along the highway with people posing amidst the beauty of these signature Texas wildflowers...the bluebonnet.

Naturally we stopped and got some great photos. Stay tuned...

Texas Wildflowers

Additional wildflowers seen on this trip
Additional wildflowers seen on this trip | Source

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Colony Cellars Winery is one of the wineries featured on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail and worth a visit in this author's opinion.

You will be greeted by Texas friendly folks and if you like any of their sampled wines, you can purchase them on the spot. Their gift shop is filled with items ranging from various types of corkscrews to iron works and crafted butterflies among the numerous eclectic offerings. Something for everyone on your gift list!

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Wineries on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

Texas Bluebonnets set to the music of "Texas Our Texas" (State song)

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

Not sure this winery is still open. We heard that it was up for sale and their website seems to have been taken over by someone trying to sell Louis Vuitton luggage. Glad we saw it when we did. The drive out into the country with the wildflowers in bloom made for a nice outing.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

This looks like a wonderful way to spend a weekend day to get out and breath some fresh air and see the countryside. Won't be long and those wildflowers will be blooming. Texas does have some beautiful wildflowers and they are profuse when spring arrives. The Winery sounds interesting too, and you have certainly made it sound like a tempting enjoyable break between taking photos of the gorgeous wildflowers. Your photos here are superb as usual.

Really enjoyed this article. Voting up, useful, interesting, awesome and beautiful. Also pinned to my 'Travel' board on which your articles often get repinned over and over again. Sharing with followers too.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello cindy,

My husband and I visited all of the wineries that I wrote hubs about in a matter of two days. There would have been one more day and hub...Mesina Hof. We drove all the way up to College Station from Houston and went there only to find out that the battery that I was charging for my camera had not been put IN TO THE CAMERA before leaving home. Haha! Thus I did not write about that winery. Will go back sometime again and feature it.

So to answer your question, allowing for some time for the tastings and seeing the various wineries on the Bluebonnet Wine Trail, I think that taking 3 days to do it all is reasonable. You could do it in 2 days if you do not stop along the roads to take photos of the beautiful wildflowers as I did...but that is half the fun! So...2 to 3 days is reasonable for planning purposes. Enjoy!


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello UCAgent,

This was labeled as spam because of the link that you left in the comment section. Not supposed to do that...in case you come back here to read this again.

Thanks for your comment and hope that you found this hub about Colony Cellars Winery helpful since you are just now learning about wine.


cindy 4 years ago

I was thinking of doing the bluebonnet trail this yr w/hubby for v-day but does it really require a lot of driving and does it really take 4 days to complete the trail?


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