Fall Creek Vineyards Hires Chilean Winemaker

By on October 9, 2013 Behind the Label

by Andrew Chalk

Word from Fall Creek Vineyards in the Texas Hill Country is that they have hired Sergio Cuadra Schlie as their new winemaker. Schlie is a Chilean who brings a vast range of experience with working for or consulting to such names as global superstar winemaker Paul Hobbs, Chile’s largest winery Concha y Toro and California vintner Fetzer Vineyards. He trained at the Unversidad de Talca in Chile as an Agronomy Engineer.

Sergio-Winemaker-FCV“Here is a Texas winery,
entering the global winemaking
employment market for talent.”

This is a very significant hire for Fall Creek. Not just because of Schlie’s qualifications and  experience, but because of what it signifies about the winery’s intentions. Here is a Texas winery, entering the global winemaking employment market for talent. The rationale has to be a push to the top of the pack among Texas wineries. I suspect this kind of reaching will become more common in the near future and interpret it as yet another indication of the increasing maturity of the Texas wine industry.


Ed and Susan Auler

Fall Creek Vineyards was established in 1975 by Texas businessman/rancher, Ed Auler and his wife, Susan. The vineyards are located eighty miles northwest of Austin in the Texas Hill Country where the sandy loam soil, warm days and cool breezes off Lake Buchanan provide an excellent microclimate for growing premium wine grapes.

Fall Creek Vineyards

1820 County Rd. 222
Tow, Texas 78672
(325) 379-5361
Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
Saturday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday: Noon – 4 pm


header photo credit austin.culturemap.com

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