The rolling hills and distant vistas of the Texas Hill Country are reminiscent of the growing regions of Italy and the Rhone country in Southern France.
Grape Creek Vineyards started as a vineyard, even before there was any wine production. At one point there were 25 acres of Cabernet and Chardonnay. However, in the 1990’s a blight (most likely Pierce’s disease) wiped out a decade of work. However, from tragedy came new opportunities. Under the new ownership of the Heath's, planting resumed. Grape Creek Vineyards now has five estate vineyard blocks. The main tasting room block features a 2007 planting of Montepulciano, an Italian variety known for producing bold, flavorful and aromatic wines. Three blocks, planted in Spring 2008, now include two blocks of Aglianico (another Italian red variety) and Chenin Blanc, which is located along the driveway to the tasting room. Our 2013 block, on the tram road to the winery, contains both Montepulciano and Aglianico and Spring 2015 we are planting a new block with Albarino which will be used in our sparkling wine, Euphoria.
The 2010 harvest yielded an incredible first vintage of our red Italian blend named "Epiphany", that is aging exceptionally well. Epiphany demonstrates aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and cherries. The 2012 (no 2011 was produced) bottled in July 2014, is very rich and dark with well-formed tannins that compliment the dark fruits and the 2013 aging in the barrels may be the best yet!
The vineyards that surround the Tuscan tasting room and our "entry" block offer a beautiful setting.