In: Drinking16 Apr 2011
(map) As a rule, most Texas winemakers are passionate about what they do. But Seth, the owner/winemaker here, literally lives and breathes wine-making – that’s his family’s residence right above the winery. And here’s the good news for visitors: The tasting room is actually located inside the winery. That makes it a fun place to sit and sip amid the tanks and barrels. You really feel like part of the process.
You can taste six wines for $5. They’re 100% made from Texas grapes, most from varietals grown right here on the estate. There are some unusual names, like Aglianico, and the usual, like Tempranillo and Viognier. Once they taste them, folks generally line up to take a few home.
Perissos is small now, but up-and-coming. The wines have garnered a few awards, most recently a silver belt buckle from the Houston Livestock show & Rodeo.
The vineyard is planted in a valley deep with decomposed granite. Seth says that makes for excellent drainage, which is fantastic for growing grapes. He has a small experimental test vineyard called the Library Block where he tries out new varietals. Those get sorted into Winners, Losers and Romantics. If they pass the test, they get called up to the Big Show.
This is Seth, pruning vines. He has to be a pretty hands-on guy sometimes, but that’s the way it is when you love what you do!