Why do we say "Join the Family"?
Because Grape Creek Vineyards is a family-owned and operated labor of love and our wine club is family too! Brian and Jennifer Heath, our owners, view Grape Creek as an extension of their home and family. Our Wine club manager Kelly Kitchens (Brian’s sister) and her husband, Doug, make sure we remember our customers are the reason we are all here. The seven children between the families all work, have worked or will work at the winery for their Summer jobs. Jason Englert, Grape Creek’s respected winemaker, lives onsite with his family so he can keep a close eye on the vines and wine. All of our staff and management are dedicated to providing our customers with a friendly, enjoyable and informative experience. Most have been with us for years.
Grape Creek Vineyard's terroir has a rich legacy beyond it's recent wine history. The property sits on what is believed to have been a Commanche campground. Evidence of their presence is in the form of spearheads, arrowheads and skinning tools found on the property. The banks of Grape Creek afforded the native tribes access to year-round water and cool breezes.
Also traversing the property is the original Fredericksburg road. Many a settler used this artery to reach town for trading, worship and to enjoy their “Sunday House” in town.
In 1985, Ned and Nel Simes, the original owners of Grape Creek Vineyards, began a 20 year journey to create a recognized winery in the Texas Hill Country. They planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay and also established the first underground, commercial barrel cellar in Central Texas, which can be viewed on our tours. Ned passed away in 2004 and the Heath's purchased the property and business from Ned’s heirs in early 2006.
Brian immediately embarked on a renovation and expansion of the property. This included transforming what once was the residence into the Tuscan Villa tasting rooms you see today. A new rock bell tower and wall were added, along with a new entry road off highway 290. Also, an aggressive program of vineyard planting and investing in substantially improved wine production capabilities was undertaken. In 2011 Grape Creek built the current state-of-the-art wine production facility used today and featured on our cellar tours.
Grape Creek looks forward to providing you with a unique and old world experience while serving exceptional wine. You can order wine online and join our wine club so you can enjoy Grape Creek Vineyards wine year round!