With springtime fully upon us, escape your everyday routine to enjoy memorable views that will make you feel rejuvenated. Breathtaking places are unavoidable as you cruise our country roads to find over 400 wineries and vineyards across our Lone Star State. Texas wineries are still open for business through their online platforms. Support your fellow Texans and visit uncorkedtexaswines.com for a comprehensive list of Texas wineries.

Here are some favorites to get you started:

FRASCONE WINERY is just around the corner, in nearby Anahuac. They advertise 100% natural production. Frascone has been through a lot - their cottage winery was opened in 2004 and destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. They have rebuilt and reopened August, 2014. They make red, white and fruit wines and mead.

WINDY WINERY- If you think Brenham is only for ice cream, think again. Windy Winery has developed high-quality wines that range from robust to fruity and some are wonderfully subtle. August and Linda Meitzen are true to the region’s history and are owner-operators with ancestral heritage that dates back to the Country of Texas in 1837.

MESSINA HOF WINE CELLARS is also close, located in Bryan (along with several locations). In 1977, with the encouragement of a Texas A&M graduate student studying grape feasibility in Texas, Paul and Merrill Bonarrigos planted Messina Hof’s first vineyard. The 1-acre experimental vineyard consisted of 50 varietals including cabernet sauvignon, chenin blanc and lenoir. Several years ago, the couple’s son and daughter-in-law stepped up to manage the operation. As a family, the Bonarrigos successfully opened Messina Hof Hill Country Winery in 2011. Messina Hof has expanded to produce 130,000 gallons per year and continues to remain at the forefront of the Texas wine industry.

PERISSOS VINEYARDS is located in Burnet, approximately 65 miles northwest of Austin. The beautiful estate property is nestled within Hoover’s Valley, in the Texas Hill Country AVA. The family chose this location because of its unique soil composition, decomposed granite gravel. At Perissos, they live by a farming first mentality, meaning they make wine in the vineyard. They planted their first vines on the property in 2005, and the tasting room officially opened in 2009.

TORR NA LOCHS VINEYARD & WINERY is also in Burnet. Even as childhood sweethearts, owners Blake and Karen DeBerry always had a common goal, and this vineyard and winery is their latest vision come to life. The DeBerrys purchased this 180-acre ranch while living in Scotland, and their time there inspired the name Torr Na Lochs, which loosely translates from Gaelic to Hill Over Lakes. The winery sits high above the Colorado River valley overlooking both Inks and Buchanan lakes. They planted the first 3 acres of vines in April 2014.  Winery construction started shortly thereafter, and the tasting room opened in September 2015.

BECKER VINEYARDS Both Richard and Bunny Becker were successful gardeners in San Antonio and the dream of a commercial vineyard and maybe a 1,500-case winery began to take shape in 1990. In 1992, the first plantings were lovingly placed in the ground by friends and family. The first harvest, in 1995, laid the foundation for what is now just over a 100,000-cases-per-year winery.  Becker Vineyards’ wine has been served in the stateliest of settings, including seven times in the White House,  the James Beard Foundation in New York, the Texas Governor’s Mansion and many famous restaurants in Texas and the United States.

Texas has a long history of wine production. The sunny and dry climate of the major winemaking regions in the state have drawn comparison to Portuguese wines, in addition to other regions in Europe like Spain, France and Italy. Some of the earliest recorded Texas wines were produced by Spanish missionaries in the 1650s near El Paso. Texas ranked as the fifth largest wine-producing state by 2019. (Wikipedia)

Enjoy some today!

Cynthia Calvert
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A trained journalist with a masters degree from Lamar University, a masters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as extensive coursework toward a masters of science in psychology from the University of New Orleans, Calvert founded the Tribune Newspapers in 2007. Her experiences as an investigative, award winning reporter (She won Journalist of the Year from the Houston Press Club among many other awards for reporting and writing), professor and chair of the journalism department for Lone Star College-Kingwood and vice president of editorial for a large group of community weeklies provides her with a triple dose of bankable skills that cover every aspect of the journalism field. Solid reporting. Careful interviews. Respect and curiosity for people and places.

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