You’ll find wine, scenic views, and sometimes even live music.
With the summer heat fading and Texas Wine Month coming up in October, fall is one of the best times of year to visit Collin County wineries and vineyards.
Few in the laidback Collin County wine scene consider themselves wine connoisseurs. They like to “get off the concrete” and sip wine on a few acres of land. They want to feel like they are out in the middle of nowhere under the stars, without having to drive very far. Wine events often include live music from tribute acts and country bands.
“A lot of the people here come from more of a farming background than a corporate America background,” said Ray Verrill, who co-owns Caudalie Crest Winery in Weston with his wife, Sue.
There are easier places to grow grapes than Collin County. Most Texas wine grapes come from the High Plains, where the soil is sandier and the climate is drier.
“Grapes generally don’t like it this far south in this humidity,” said Dean Dickschat, owner of BarnHill Vineyard in Anna. “We have a lot of topsoil, and grapes don’t like that. They like to get wet often and dry out often. You must have good drainage so that water goes through and gets down to the roots and disperses. You don’t want it to set. They don’t want soggy feet.”
North Texas’ hot and humid climate and the Blackland Prairie clay soil are tough to work with, but a few Collin County vineyards make it work. Grapes like albariño and Blanc du Bois for white wines, red wine grapes like sangiovese and tannat, and black grapes like tempranillo and Black Spanish for full-bodied red wines are all feasible.
Caudalie Crest Winery
Owned by an English couple, this adorable 10-acre winery has an acre of grapevines, 14 kinds of wine made with Texas grapes, and a goat farm with 21 dairy goats. Tasting room is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
Located at 2045 Weston Rd. in Celina. goatsngrapes.com.
A 40-acre winery and vineyard with a music venue that regularly hosts tribute acts in a rustic barn, BarnHill Vineyard has food trucks, s’mores, and Texas wine. Priced from $28 to $42 per bottle, BarnHill currently offers 14 varieties including Sweet Sunsets, a popular sweet red wine served chilled, and tannat, a dry red wine with hints of cedar, black olives, and cola. Live music events happen on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. See the schedule here.
Located at 11917 CR 509 in Anna. barnhillvineyards.com.
Instead of using Texas grapes, this Celina winery imports them and specializes in French and Italian-style wines. Its historic building was once a blacksmith shop that opened in 1912. The tasting room is open 1-8 p.m. on Friday, 1-6 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Located at 132 N. Louisiana Dr., Celina. carmelawinery.net.
Eden Hill Winery & Vineyard
Eden Hill only uses Texas grapes but draws from 30 acres spread across North Texas and the Texas High Plains. A Texas Bordeaux, Wine=C2, is among the standouts from this vineyard and winery, and prices range from $18 to $62 per bottle. Open 1-6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. They also have a tasting room at the Dallas Farmers Market, 1011 S. Pearl Expressway, Suite 150.
Located at 4910 Eden Hill Lane, Celina. edenhill.com.