Texas Wine By Sarah Friesen Photography by Heidi Smith and Landon Haston
ith the arrival of summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to tour the beautiful wineries of the Cross Timbers. Start your tour in Granbury, Tolar, Comanche or Meridian. Each is home to a beautiful winery. Because the Cross Timbers region is quite small, making the loop can be done in a day’s drive.
The most popular wine, Nexus, is a sweet red which compliments any spicy Italian or Mexican dish. In September of 2011, Bluff Dale was awarded First Place for Red Proprietary Blends in the GrapeFest competition. With the weather being so unpredictable during the summer, the owners usually harvest in mid-August, earlier than most vineyards. Owner David Hayes says he “can grow all kinds of grapes in this area, because Texas weather is so temperate, some may not do as well as others but we still have a great variety.” Bluff Dale wines can be found at H-E-B grocery stores or your can stop by the tasting room. Bluff Dale Vineyards is located at 5222 County Rd 148 Bluff Dale, or call them at 254-728-3540.
arking Rocks Winery in Granbury is just 45 minutes south of Fort Worth. Because of the difficulty in growing grapes in this region, owner Tiberia (yes, that’s the only Bluff Dale Vineyards owners David & Theresa name he’ll give) says, “every year Hayes. we make different wines, sourcing grapes from different places.” By room and patio, which overlooks the doing this, they do not have a signarolling hills of a vineyard blanketed ture wine, yet a wonderful collection with rows of grape vines, makes enust down Highway 16 through of unique blends. Currently on the joying a glass of wine a memorable Stephenville and Dublin, sits Brentasting profile is the 2005 casena, a experience. blend of merlot and syrah, which won the Limited Production Category in the Bluff Dale Winery guests enjoy a glass of wine and the view on the patio. 2006 Lone Star Park Wine Competition. The rustic old barn and old world traditions of making wine sets this winery apart from the rest. “Making wine, friends, and events happen” is how Tiberia describes the winery’s mission. Barking Rocks wines aren’t available in stores, only at the winery. So stop by and enjoy good wine, the company of friends, and live band entertainment the first Friday of every month at Barking Rocks Winery in Granbury, located at 1919 Allen Court. Or call them at 817-579-0007.
outhwest of Granbury on Highway 377, tucked back away from the busy highway is Bluff Dale Vineyards. Bluff Dale’s bistro-style tasting
A magazine for the Cross Timbers region of Texas