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Dry Comal Creek Winery and Vineyard: Not Your Granny’s Winery (Anymore)

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Dry Comal Creek Winery and Vineyard has seen some big changes in the past few months. Under new ownership since March, gone is the winery’s “Tasting Room” selection of tchotchkes and boutique items (also noticeably absent is the winery cat, “Cheeks,” who has happily retired). In their place are streamlined furnishings, an expansive, breeze-cooled patio that overlooks the vineyard and an air of understated sophistication that this booming area, located just to the northwest of New Braunfels, has grown to expect.

Dry Comal Creek Winery sits on about 90 acres of land, off of Highway 46, midway between New Braunfels and Spring Branch. Nestled among vintage oak trees and rolling hills, the winery has big plans to make a name for itself, not only within the Texas wine community but beyond.

The previous owners of Dry Comal Creek Winery hand-picked the new owners, the Ralph Romero family of Ft. Worth and the change of ownership has been a long time in the making. After several years of negotiating, the Romeros finally took ownership this spring. The changes to the winery began almost immediately.

Your favorite Dry Comal Creek wines are still there.

Dry Comal Creek Wine

Photo: Facebook/Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and Winery

A few things, however, will remain unchanged at Dry Comal Creek. Wines that have made Dry Comal Creek famous in the Hill Country, such as their signature “frozen sangria” will remain on the menu. Also remaining is the resident winemaker, Joe Donnow, who has been at Dry Comal Creek for 8 years. The plot twist is that now Donnow will be able to flex his creative muscles with better access to Texas grapes and perhaps pushing Dry Comal Creek guests to explore a bit more refined palate.

Revitalized Social Scene

Dry Comal Creek Winery
Photo: Jenny Webster Jurica

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