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Hill Country Sips: 3 Wineries Worthy of a Visit in Stonewall

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The winery’s name reflects not only the respect the family has for the history of the area but also the land in which they grow the 17 acres of estate grapes. The Pedernales (which means flint in Spanish) River runs through the Texas Hill Country and after both David and Julie’s husband, Fredrik, found Indian artifacts made of flint on the property, the winery practically named itself. Using sustainable and ecologically friendly growing and management practices, the family ensures that they’ll continue to produce good wine for years to come.

Fittingly, the wines made here display characteristics of the wines of Spain and the Rhone regions but with a Texas twist thanks to the land and the climate. The winery grows a variety of grapes including tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Albarino, Mourvedre, grenache, and small amounts of cabernet sauvignon and merlot, but also uses grapes from other growers throughout Texas. Try the 2015 Viognier Reserve. The 2012 vintage won a grand gold medal at the Lyon International Wine Competition.

Try the 2015 Viognier Reserve – a gold medal winner at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition. For red lovers, try the 2014 Tempranillo Reserve, Texas High Plains – a double gold winner and named Top Texas Wine also in the Houston competition.

Pedernales Cellars, 2916 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall, (830) 644-2037; Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

3. Kuhlman Cellars

KuhlmanPhoto: Facebook/Kuhlman Cellars

Kuhlman Cellars may seem like a new upstart next to the older established wineries mentioned above. But winemaker Bénédicte Rhyne is a pioneer in her own right. Educated in France and a 10-year veteran of Ravenswood in Sonoma, Rhyne knows her stuff. She’s no stranger to the Hill Country or its terroir and crazy climate having provided consulting services to area wineries since 2002 prior to becoming a winemaker.