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A Hot, Dry Summer Leads to Exciting Harvest Along Wine Road 290

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Anyone worth their salt knows what a typical summer is like in Texas: insufferably hot and typically dry. While many might feel that this climate is only good for long floats on the river, folks who know Texas wine understand these conditions can make for a really good grape harvest. Fortunately, the Hill Country tends to be cooler than Austin and San Antonio–especially at night. These ideal conditions have people at our Texas Hill Country vineyards (such as Grape Creek Vineyards) buzzing with excitement over the possibility of a harvest that could yield excellent grapes from Texas’ biggest wine appellation.

Who Has The Best Chance?

A Hot, Dry Summer Leads to Exciting Harvest Along Wine Road 290

Photo: Hill Country Light Photography

Grape Creek Vineyards in Fredericksburg, located along Highway 290, looks to be the odds-on favorite. Serving as the centerpiece of Wine Road 290, Grape Creek Vineyards has implemented a number of new viticulture practices over the last three years, under the watchful eye of Clint Messimer, the Grape Creek vineyard manager. These practices are promising wines unlike any other currently produced in the Texas Hill Country. Grape Creek Vineyards features 18 acres “under vine” and is a true working estate vineyard in the heart of the Hill Country. With its picturesque and meticulously landscaped grounds and even an onsite trattoria, it’s ideal for enjoying a leisurely meal between wine tastings at its Tuscan-inspired experience, unlike anything else in the Hill Country.

Exciting New Varietals

A Hot, Dry Summer Leads to Exciting Harvest Along Wine Road 290
Photo: Hill Country Light Photography

The 2018 harvest is set to give Grape Creek’s winemaker, Jason Englert, an opportunity to begin working new varietals, Petite Sirah, Tannat, and Albariño. Petite Sirah gets its name from the small size of the berries and produces a powerful and inky wine.

Grape Creek Vineyards is also eager to introduce the Hill Country to the versatile and refreshing Albariño white wine. This light, white wine has roots in the old-world regions of Spain and Portugal and features a dry, citrus flavor that appeals to many. In keeping with the best examples of fine estate-grown wines around the world, Grape Creek Vineyards Albariño is sure to quickly gather a loyal following among wine aficionados.

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