Here we list from time to time some of the most remarkable wineries and vineyards around the world
Pillar Bluff Vineyards
We couldn’t start the list with perhaps the most famous winery and vineyeard right in Texas, Lampasas and called Pillar Bluff Vineyards.
They have received its bonding license in 1999 and opened the tasting room in 2002. Around 2018, they were producing 1,200 to 1,400 cases each year.
Pillar Bluff Vineyards is nestled on the alluvial soils of Pillar Bluff Creek. The soils are well drained with a sandy loam structure with underpinnings of fractured dolomite limestone. Great soil depth gives the vines exceptional drought tolerance and root zone. The vineyards bottom land location allows for rapid cooling at night so the heat of the day is lost quickly.
Eight French varietals go on the five acres. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot and Malbec make up the red blends know as Bordeaux’s. The white varieties include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc and Viognier.
Come taste Texas Hill Country wines without the calcium impacts. Either grab a glass and wander the vineyard as the late afternoon sun becomes comfortable or just sit back under the pavilion and watch the sun set.
The tasting room is delightfully small with a wood tasting counter. The Tuscan yellow walls provide a warm feeling. A number of gift items are available for purchase. These include Riedel glasses, wine bags, cheese trays, wine bottle carriers, picnic bags and wine bottle tags.
A gazebo outside of the tasting room provides a great location for events among the vines. Gill has music events scheduled for every second Saturday throughout the year. The winery also has a Celtic event every Solstice. The pavilion is the site for weddings and other private events. Gill related the most satisfying day he ever had. As he looked towards the large gazebo, two or three couples were enjoying themselves and someone spontaneously picked up a guitar and started playing. What more can one ask for than a delightful afternoon in a vineyard with the gentle sound of music?