William Chris Vineyards

In: Drinking

31 Aug 2011

(map) It may be hot, but this is a great time of year to visit Texas wineries. At harvest time, you can get an up-close view of picking grapes, crushing them, even “punching down the skins,” as winemaker Chris shows his hands-on technique. Bill and Chris are two wine guys who made wine for other people until two years ago, when they decided to start their own place. They’re extremely picky about their grapes and use an all-natural, no-additives approach to making what they call “joyful wines.”

The tasting room is in a century-old farmhouse that’s been spruced up with recycled materials. It’s got a lot of character, as do the wines themselves. Old-world-style wines like the Enchante, a blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet franc, are attracting some dedicated fans.

It’s a busy time of year for winemakers, but it’s not all work and no play. Chris was about to take his wife out on a picnic (nope, that’s not her).

Each barrel holds about 25 cases of wine, so I’m guessing this will add up to roughly 1,300 cases of wine. In contrast, Texas largest winemaker, St. Genevieve, produced about 500,000 cases last year. But not by hand!

William Chris Vineyards website

1 Response to William Chris Vineyards



January 3rd, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I opened a bottle of 2010 Texas High Plains Cibola this afternoon and totally enjoyed it. I live in Austin and travel through Fredericksburg regularly. I would like to know when the Cibola will be available again so that I can stop in for a few bottles.

Ed. Reply: If you mean the Cibola Orange Muscat, that is still available on William Chris’ website, williamchriswines.com. If you don’t want it shipped, you can call them and give them your card number and they will hold it for the next time you are passing through Hye to Fredericksburg. They make such a limited quantity of everything (50-70) cases, you need to get it when you can!

In Austin, East End Wines carries some of their wines, and they are offered by the glass and bottle at Wink Restaurant and Jack Allen’s Kitchen. Also, William Chris will be participating in two weeks in this year’s Rodeo Austin Wine & Food Tasting. 20 Texas wineries plus California wineries like Caymus and Silver Oak will be there, as well as a bunch of high-end Austin restaurants like III Forks, Sullivan’s, Vivo, Jack Allen’s, etc. More info here: http://www.rodeoaustin.com/events_detail.aspx?id=965


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