Pleasant Hill Winery and the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail
Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail
This was the second winery my husband and I would visit on this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.
As the name might indicate, Pleasant Hill Winery is located on a hill.
The old barn which was meticulously reconstructed and fashioned into the winery and gift shop overlooks some staked grape vines and also overlooks a colorful field of wildflowers in the Spring of the year from that vantage point.
Pleasant Hill's physical address is 1441 Salem Road in Brenham, Texas. The zip code is 77833 and their telephone number is 979-830-VINE.
About seventy miles west of Houston it is easily located.
After our visit to Colony Cellars Winery we made our way to Highway 290 heading west.
Exiting 290 at Highway 36 and heading south for only 1/2 mile, one then takes Salem Road to the right (west) for 1 1/2 miles and one easily spots the winery on the rise of the hill to the left.
Pleasant Hill Winery
The two pictures one above and one below show the view as one approaches Pleasant Hill Winery on Salem Road off of Highway 36 and the view from the parking lot of the winery.
It was a very busy day the Saturday of our visit with not only Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail visitors but also a steady stream of tour groups that kept the owners and staff engaged.
The fields surrounding the winery have well maintained grape vines which add to the ambiance of the place.
Wine Related Artifacts
Outside of the winery are these old rusted wine related artifacts which were interesting to view.
As the photo below shows we enjoyed the view of a church directly across the street from the outside decked patio where we were enjoying our wines and tidbits of tasty food offerings.
It was a very pleasant interlude.
View from Pleasant Hill Winery
Looking down the hill we also enjoyed the field of wildflowers in bloom as well as the staked grape vines that would soon burst forth with new bright green and tender grape leaves starting a new season.
It was a pleasant way to spend some time in lovely surroundings.
Scenery at Pleasant Hill Winery
Texas Winery PASSPORT
The gentleman behind the counter at Pleasant Hill Winery offered us a Texas Winery Passport.
We were unfamiliar with it. He explained that the Texas Department of Agriculture provides these publications as a public service.
The passport opens up and provides a place for each of four wineries to add their stamp and winery code number. Tasting notes are also provided on each page for people who wish to jot down impressions of wines that they taste.
Once the book is filled one logs onto www.gotexanwine.org and enters the codes. A free reward item is shipped for completing each book or a number of books can be entered at one time to qualify for an even greater reward.
Apparently each Texas winery has these passports and it can provide a fun way to keep a record of one's travels throughout the State while exploring new wineries and their distinctive liquid offerings.
We were happy that the gentleman at Pleasant Hill took the time to explain this and give us our first stamp in our new Texas Winery Passport.
Texas Winery Passport
Bluebonnets and Other Wildflowers
Yes, the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail also has bluebonnets!
In fact, as we got closer to Brenham, Texas there were glorious fields of them!
Field of Bluebonnets
Whenever we saw a number of cars parked on the sides of the roads we knew that there would be extraordinary sightings of the bluebonnets as well as other types of wildflowers.
Whether there are large patches of them such as in these photos or smaller groupings, wildflower photography is at its peak in the Spring of each year.
This year the wildflowers are reputedly to be at their best and certainly from what my husband and I saw we would not disagree.
If one is simply looking for a spectacular wildflower display, head on up to the Brenham area and your wishes cannot help but be satisfied each Spring.
Be sure and take your camera!
If you wish to enjoy the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, be sure to include a stop at Pleasant Hill Winery. One can visit them year round but this is an especially pretty time of year with moderate temperatures and fields painted with color from the profusion of wildflowers.
Do you think that you would enjoy this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail?
Have you ever visited Pleasant Hill Winery?
© 2010 Peggy Woods