Visiting a Texas Vineyard
Experiencing the Fruit of the Vine
Are you up for a trip to the Texas wine country, a get-a-way sure to give your spirits a lift? If so, a great adventure awaits you at any one of the many Texas vineyards located throughout the state. The intrigue of experiencing and tasting many varieties of wine, all blended and aged to perfection brings pleasure and joy to your visit.
However one thing is for sure deep in the heart of Texas, each sip will acquaint you with a pure Texas taste often described as boot-stompin, spur kickin, cowboy hat tipping good! Enjoy and sip a spell while you relax in the beauty found way down in the Texan wine country.
The Place to Taste
The almost 100-acre vineyard includes a comfortable wine tasting room fashioned in restaurant style. However, if you prefer to enjoy your wine tasting in the open breeze, outside seating is also available where you can drink your wine and gaze upon the vast acres of growing grapes. The grapevines provide a beautiful landscape of color and diversity to enhance your view.
The Fabulous Outside View
Relax and enjoy the romantic beauty of visiting a vineyard, nestled in the gorgeous hill country of central Texas.
Vineyards of Texas
A guide to the unique wine produced in the Texas Hill Country.
Baby Grapes in the Springtime - These still have months of growing ahead to reach maturity for the wine process.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Mature Grapes from a Previous Season
The Wine Making Equipment & Process
Just beyond the wine tasting room, situated in a perfect temperature zone, you will discover the actual location where the magic is performed. A giant press squeezes out the juice. The juice is stored in huge stainless steel containers in another step. Then the wine is aged in wooden barrels. And when time has performed its part, the wine is bottled and labeled, ending this magic process that transforms luscious sweet grapes into lively grape spirits also known as chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, plus two other "Totally Texas" table wine varieties called Rustler’s Red and Sunset.
Making the Perfect Texas Wine is a Process - Grape Press, to stainless steel vats, to wooden barrels ...Click thumbnail to view full-size
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Experiencing the Beauty of a Great Place to Be - Loving Today--Just My Husband & Me
The Saturday in May when I experienced the outdoor wonder of this Texas vineyard, my husband and I were the only two people there. My husband is a business acquaintance of the vineyard owners, who now reside out-of-state. The vineyard needed some routine maintenance and repair work done, so my husband and I volunteered a Saturday to help out. And even though we were there to work, from 9:00 am to sunset (around 8:30 pm); it was a real day of adventure and learning. The work we accomplished pertained mainly to the irrigation system. At the end of the day, my only complaint was aching, tired feet from too much walking and exploration of a beautiful, enchanting, grape-growing slice of heaven.
Our day was filled with abundant sunshine and also, as you can see, abundant rain clouds too. There was even a downpour that lasted for about half an hour. It was a perfect day and we were thankful for the rain since it kept the temperature comfortable. It is not unusual in Texas to experience many forms of weather in one day, whether it be snow, sunshine, wind, torrential rainfall, or just a mild rain shower.
A Surprise Nestled in the Grass - Almost Undetectable Until it Jumped Up!
Walking along and checking the irrigation timers, I did not see a baby deer hiding in the grass under the grapevine. Unknowingly, I moved towards it. And it jumped up, hopped through the fence, and ran away! Wow! Wish I would have had my phone in-hand to grab such a perfect picture!
Luckily, I got another chance later that day. I noticed this sleeping baby deer before it became aware of my presence. Therefore, I clicked this photo before it reacted and ran away.
This baby deer was no bigger than a medium-sized dog. It was so cute!
Links to Texas Vineyards
The great state of Texas is the fifth largest wine producer in America.
I Prefer Wine that Tastes Sweet.
Part of the pay for working at the vineyard was a case of wine. But did I mention that my husband and I are best described as “teetotalers”? However, we have enjoyed some of the wine with meals and shared some with our children. Don’t worry; the wine will not go to waste! However, I have learned from tasting many different varieties of wine, that my favorite wine is the sweeter variety, which is definitely unusual for my palette.
Our Gift of Wine from the VineyardClick thumbnail to view full-size
Sweet Llano Estacado Wine Grown in Texas
Some of the best wine I have tasted is a red variety labeled Llano Estacado produced from a Texas vineyard near Lubbock, Texas.
Very helpful in keeping your wine fresh. These fit snuggly inside the bottle allowing little air to invade the wine bottle.
A Little History of the Texas Vineyard - Texas Knows How to Nurture "The Fruit of the Vine"
*Vineyards in Texas and the wine producing process dates way back to the 1600's, introduced by Spanish missionaries, who began cultivating grapes near El Paso, Texas.
*In the 1800's, European settlers began vineyards in South and Central Texas with grape cuttings brought over from their native countries.
*The oldest bonded winery currently in operation is found in Del Rio, Texas; It was started in 1883 by Frank Qualia.
*In 1900, at the turn of the century, Texas had 25 thriving winery operations.
*1919 Prohibition forces all wineries to close down.
*By 1933, prohibition was repealed and Texas wineries resumed operation but on a smaller scale.
*1986 Llano Estacado winery won a prestigious double gold award at the San Francisco Fair Wine Competition. This award put Texas wine on the world stage.
*The Texas wineries all across the state continued to grow . . .and by 2007 Texas had over 120 wineries with annual revenue of $1 billion.
I had such a fabulous time at the beautiful vineyard that I just had to share my adventurous, journey of joy with all of you. I would love to know about any wine adventures you have experienced and/or what kind of wine you prefer and why?