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Sip and Savor Your Way Through Washington County Wineries

November 21st, 2013 by Pamela Murski

Washington County Wineries

Washington County Wineries

Your Guide to Washington County Wineries and More

Breathtaking views, arts and entertainment, history, antique fairs, good food  and award-winning wineries … We have it all in Washington County. We are proud to serve and use wines from all the Washington County wineries in our cooking classes at Murski Homestead B&B!  With so much to see and do,   we’ve developed this guide to Washington County  wineries to help in planning your getaway!

Pleasant Hill Winery

This is Washington County’s first winery open to the public! Pleasant Hill Winery has won many awards since opening. Every year, starting in 1998,  they have taken home numerous awards from Bronze  to the  much coveted Champion. The competitions include various venues as The Lone Star Wine Competition (in all categories…International, Texas, and Limited Production), the Texas Open Wine Competition, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Wine Society of Texas Competition,  Springfest People’s Choice Award, and the  Grand Star Wine Competition.  In 2010 Vintner/owner Bob Cottle  was appointed to the Texas Wine Industry Development and Marketing Advisory Committee.    Pleasant Hill Winery are members of Knights of the Vine, The Bluebonnet Wine Trail, Go Texan, The Wine Society of Texas, and Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association.   Visit Pleasant Hill Winery now! It is open on weekends for year-round wine tasting! There are also many events throughout the year.

Windy Winery

You’ll find Windy  Winery located just north of Murski Homestead Bed and Breakfast.   What makes Windy Winery different and unique?  Fact:  Windy Winery is one of the few Texas Wineries that use Texas grapes “exclusively” and bottles 100% of their product on site. Windy Winery is true to the concept of Texas Wines from Texas Grapes©. They have spent 24 years developing wine from Texas grapes because they are proud of the heritage and Texas Wine History. German Vintners, August and Linda Meitzen, are true to the region’s history and are owner operators with ancestral heritage that dates back to the Country of Texas in 1837. Windy Winery, producing quality wines that range from robust to fruity and  wonderfully subtle, was founded to provide consumers with the highest quality “Texas” boutique wines.

Saddlehorn Winery

Saddlehorn Winery had its first crush in 2009 with the July harvest of Blanc du Bois and the August harvest of Black Spanish from their vineyard.   This Washington County Winery’s  vineyard was planted in 2006 and produces 2 acres of Blanc du Bois and 1 acre of Black Spanish (Lenoir) grapes. Total production from the vineyard once mature will be 12-15 tons which will yield about 900 cases of wine.  The winery and tasting room established in a renovated 12,000 sq ft horse barn offer expansive views into the winery where you can see the tanks used for fermentation and the wines being made.  You will also find interesting selections of wine related items in their onsite gift shop.   Saddlehorn Winery offers an Event Room adjacent to the tasting room where weddings, receptions, bridal showers,  and corporate meetings can be held.  Join their Saddle Pals Wine Club and receive a 20% discount on all wine purchased. As a member of the Bluebonnet Wine Trail with 10 wineries on their trail,  Saddlehorn Winery participates in 5 trail events during year.   Open Tuesday-Saturday year round, visit Saddlehorn Winery, another one of our premier Washington County Wineries, today!

 Brazos Valley Brewing Company

This one is included for those who are not fans of wine, but are interested in handcrafted brews!  Brazos Valley Brewing was founded in 2013 by a five man team of craft brewing enthusiasts. They make high quality craft beers for the people of Texas and have a variety of styles thoughtfully created using their passion for tasteful ales.  Currently they are offering 3 specialty brews to the public.   “Golden Ale” is a crisp ale with a Vienna malt flavor and a subtle hop character. This straw-colored ale has the perfect balance of Crystal Hops and Vienna malt. At 22 IBU and 4.6% ABV this is a sessionable offering that keeps you coming back for more….. “Silt Brown Ale”  pays homage to the Mighty Brazos River. This Brown Ale is the color of the river that runs the length of the Brazos Valley. It has a malty body mixed with a hint of chocolate, slight caramel notes, and hop flavor as bold as the river it is named after. The Silt Brown Ale settles in at 28 IBU and 6.2% ABV and retains its smoothness and drinkability……And last but not least, there’s “El Toro Stout!” The word is beginning to spread about their stout, and as it does its mystery deepens.  So get ready… this beer is a wild one!

Rohan Meadery

Located just a little past the Washington County Wineries line, this little gem is worth a visit!  Unusual and unique, Rohan Meadery makes fine Texas honeywines, mankind’s oldest fermented beverage.  Open from Wednesdays thru Sundays from 12 – 6 pm, Rohan Meadery is a boutique winery  specializing in the re-creation of honeywines or meads using the finest Texas honeys available.  Their goal and passion is to make the freshest and most unique, natural Texas meads that you will ever encounter.   Their commitment to quality, locally sourced ingredients and small batch – hands on production techniques ensures exceptional quality and taste in all of their artisanal Texan honeywines, made with the finest Texas honey imaginable.   Be sure to stop in for a taste!

The  deliciousness of  our Washington County wineries awaits you!  So decide which wineries you’d like to see on your trip, then reserve your room at Murski Homestead Bed & Breakfast. Our Inn is a proud member of Texas Bed and Breakfast Association (Historic Accommodations of Texas) and PAII, Professional Association of Innkeepers International.

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