Texas Heritage Vineyard Takes a Victory Lap at the 5-Year Anniversary of Opening its Tasting Room
Texas Heritage Vineyard is taking a victory lap at the five-year anniversary of opening its tasting room which first opened its doors in Fredericksburg, Texas in May 2018.
This anniversary is a welcome celebration for Texas Heritage Vineyard Co-Owner, Susan Johnson, who started the vineyard from scratch planting a first acre of grapes on the estate in 2015.
“It was a dream we [Johnson and her husband Billy] didn’t know we had,” notes Johnson who retired from the corporate world in 2013 and immediately began taking viticultural classes.
Texas Heritage Vineyard has made its own wine since 2017 of which 100% is made from Texas fruit sourced from its own estate and other Texas vineyards.
Johnson takes great pride in the vineyard’s tasting room which is open seven-days a week with Texas musicians performing two-days a week.
Tyler Buddemeyer is the Production Manager, Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Texas Heritage Vineyard having joined in 2018.
Buddemeyer studied biology and chemistry at Texas Tech University and graduated with a marketing degree.
During harvest season you’ll find Buddemeyer, Johnson and a hired intern doing all the work in the vineyard and 400-barrel cellar.
This year Texas Heritage Vineyard released its first estate rosé, Lizzie, made from 100% malbec and that is lovingly named after Johnson’s grandmother.
The vineyard also produces a barbera, a lesser-known grape varietal in Texas, which it created to be a fun wine to pair with pizza.
Texas Heritage Vineyard also produces an estate red blend, Old 300, composed of malbec and alicante bouschet.
The blend has a bright acid profile bolstered by the malbec in the blend.
I enjoyed tasting Texas Heritage Vineyard’s wines.
Below are my detailed reviews:
- Texas Heritage Vineyard, Lizzie Rosé 2021, Texas Hill Country, Texas (Wine Casual, 91 points)
- Texas Heritage Vineyard, Old 300 Estate Red Blend 2019, Texas Heritage Vineyard, Texas (Wine Casual, 92 Points)
- Texas Heritage Vineyard, Reserve Barbera 2018, Reddy Vineyard, Texas High Plains, Texas (Wine Casual, 89 Points)