I never knew Texas could be known for their wines until I saw it for myself. Texas tends to get an eyebrow raise for its heat and humidity, but with the right elevation, the grapes can actually strive. Obviously this depends on the varietal, but it can be done and done well. While I was wine tasting in Texas, I had the pleasure of visiting Duchman Family Winery. Their wines are clean, modern and an example of what can be accomplished in Texas wine.
Wine Tasting in Texas
This was just a mini vacation before we head into harvest here in California and a chance to check out Austin. I’ve been to Texas many times, but this was my first time in Austin. There’s so many fun things to do and the shopping was dangerously good. Especially the boutiques on South Congress Ave. We got so caught up in enjoying the city that we didn’t make it all the way to Fredericksburg which is about an hour and half from Austin. We had a rooftop pool! What can I say, priorities? So far, Fredericksburg seems to be the biggest wine tasting area in Texas.
Since we were having way to much fun in Austin, we opted to stay local and head to Driftwood which is only about 30 minutes from Austin. That’s home for Duchman Family Winery. They have only been around since 2004 and honestly, they’re doing a great job for being so young. They pride themselves on being grown and produced 100% in Texas by Texas farmers. Ironically, they grow most of their grapes in the Texas High Plains about six hours away and ship them to Driftwood for fermentation. The high planes offer weather patterns and elevation similar to that of northern Italy.
I didn’t get a chance to try their menu (I was saving myself for BBQ) but they do offer some great little appetizers. There’re also oak shaded picnic tables for relaxing or and you can walk around the winery hallway and check out a full view of their wine operation.
I couldn’t help but notice all the awards in the tasting room! They’ve won countless medals and it shows in the wine.
Lets Talk About the Wine
Wine from Texas are not easy to buy online. They seem to keep it in state for the most part. Which makes a great excuse to hang out in Austin and wine taste while you’re there!
The wines range from $16 to $30 a bottle and these four bottles were my favorites out of the Duchman line up…
Definitely got hints of Lemon. It’s crisp, short and honestly better than their Trebbiano. If you’re unfamiliar with this varietal, it can be similar to Sauvignon Blanc if done correctly. It’s a popular varietal for Texas wine growers.
It’s dry, which I love. The nose smells of flower and blossoms. It has a subtle fruit flavor and it’s light and easy to drink. Definitely has a lasting mineral to the taste. A indicator of great soils.
This was the best wine in my humble opinion. It has subtle cabernet like nose and good concentration. The tannins are dry and the minerality is fantastic. This wine has a nice chewy finish and the flavor lingers.
Best of its class.
Pros: Definitely light and easy drinking. Cons: a bit watery, not much acidity, a bit flat and needs more skin contact during fermentation. Not my favorite wine, but worth noting.
If you get the chance to go wine tasting in Texas, definitely check them out. They’re affordable and have a pretty big line up of wines. You’ll for sure be able to find a few bottles to take home. Outside of the wines above they also make Trebbiano, Viognier, Montepulciano and a dry Rosé. I know I’ll be back after falling in love with Austin, even in the heat!