We spoke with wineries across Texas about their Christmas gift selections and many owners were excited to be seeing a marked increase in sales of their Texas Wine gift boxes this year. But it seems gift boxes aren’t the only sought after item. Everything from decorated ornaments and gift cards to cases and wine club memberships are flying out winery doors this holiday season. Texas Wine and Trail has put together our own list of popular Texas wine and related gifts for you to consider.
The Angel’s Share Wine Club offered by Kiepersol Estates Winery in Tyler, Texas is four shipments per year (of 3, 6 or 12 bottles), so club members can savor the taste of Kiepersol all year long. There are four different clubs inside Angel’s Share which offer something different for every palate: The Sweets, The Reds, The Whites & The Winemaker’s Cuvée, or special selection. There’s no fee to join, and many other membership benefits – including pickup parties for those who don’t want their wine shipped, can be found HERE.
A very popular wine club in the Texas Hill Country is the Hye Society Wine Club from William Chris Vineyards located in Hye, Texas. Members enjoy direct access and reserve allocations to the best wines, exclusive releases and special offers. Invitation-only dinners, ticketed events and barrel tastings are a highlight of William Chris Vineyards exciting event calendar. Hye Society Wine Club members benefit from tiered discount pricing, especially the 12+ bottle membership level, which includes shipping. More details can be found HERE.
Duchman Family Winery gift boxes come in a large variety of combinations and prices, including a Signature White and Signature Red box featuring Vermentino /Viognier and Montepulciano /Aglianico. All Box Sets include a wooden 4-bottle gift box by Napa Wooden Boxes etched with the Duchman logo, Two (2) Duchman Logo Glasses and a Duchman Wine Key, and are available for pick up only, after December 16th. Call for more information.
Wedding Oak Winery has beautiful one and two bottle gift boxes with etched signature logo ready to be shipped to the door of your choice. These boxes are completely customizable, and any combination of Wedding Oak wines can be placed inside including their Bridal Blush, Class Champion and Texas Class Champion, Double Gold Medal winner at the 2014 Houston Livestock and Rodeo International Wine Competition. Read more about Wedding Oak wines here or call directly to place an order. These one and two bottle boxes also make excellent corporate gifts.
McPherson Cellars has several incredible gift baskets for Christmas. These brightly wrapped bottles and festive baskets come with an assortment of goodies from wine bottle toppers to gourmet chocolates ready to be opened and paired. Contact the winery and place your order in time for personal gifting, or ship to that Texas wine drinker on your list.
Texas Wine and Cattle Company creates beautiful custom gift baskets year round, which make the perfect gift for wine drinkers wanting to share some of their personal Texas wine favorites with friends or family. These baskets are adorned with delicious Go Texan products, Texas craft beers, and Texas Wine and Cattle Company logo merchandise. Create your own custom Texas wine gift basket or view more combinations HERE.
Lone Star Wine and Music Tours headquartered out of Llano, Texas has six standard tour packages , however they will happily work with clients to design custom tours to fit a group’s interests. They differ from most other wine tour companies because they offer a bonus element of entertainment with the ability to include live Texas music as part of the wine tours. You can contact them directly at the Lone Star Wine and Music Tours website or visit their facebook page.
Clint Thomas of Cellar Rat Wine Tours, a former Cellar Rat himself, knows how to give his tour guests professional insight to the winemaking process. These informative tours are a fun way to taste while learning more about what it takes to make an award winning Texas wine. Serving Fredericksburg, Mason, Comfort, Kerrville, Johnson City and the entire Central Texas area, contact Cellar Rat Wine Tours for your Christmas wine tour gift needs.
Texas Wine Dinner
A beautiful location, incredible food and award winning wines can all be enjoyed at Flat Creek Estate in Marble Falls, Texas. Executive Chef Sean Fulford has created several exquisite multi-course wine paired menus which vary between rustic wood-fired lunch specials, occasional elegant multi-course dinners, and casual weekend wine country brunches. All served in the Tuscan Hill Country inspired Event Center with a native stone fireplace, granite wine bar, artistic vineyard mural and amazing vineyard views.
Landon Winery & Bistro in Greenville, Texas is the newest Landon Winery location and is a great place for a romantic dinner or family gathering. Landon Winery & Bistro serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, 7 days a week. Winner of 2013 Grapefest People’s Choice Award for Best Sweet White, their expansive dinner menu includes steaks, seafood, gourmet pizzas, and Chef specials offering pairing suggestions with signature Landon wines directly on the menu which can be viewed HERE.
For the ultimate Texas wine dinner, head to Cabernet Grill Wine Country Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas. Sample incredible Texas wines from the enormous ALL Texas wine list while pairing them with the finest in upscale Hill Country cuisine. Chef Ross Burtwell has a professionally trained dining staff ready to answer Texas wine questions throughout your meal. Flights of assorted Texas wine can also be enjoyed separately for those wanting to experience even more Texas wine. Gift cards are available in several amounts, and some even include nights at the authentic cabins in Cotton Gin Village. Visit the website HERE.
No Texas Wine Christmas is complete without some adorable stocking stuffers. Texas Wine Tours, and many of the wine trails throughout the holiday season have offered ornaments to collect at each winery. They range from tin stars to whimsical cork Santas and make great tree adornments for Texas wine enthusiasts. Pedernales Cellars’s beautiful glass ornaments are available in the tasting room for $5.99 each.
These Texas Wine and Trail Wine Charms were created by Austin jewelry artist Amanda Dimova of VINCA USA exclusively for Texas Wine and Trail. This adorable set of 6 Texas Wine Charms in clear and neon lucite are perfect for wine parties, bridal party gifts, or divided up among Texas wine tour groups as a memory charm. They are available for $20 + free shipping through the site by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Wine and Trail Travel App is a perfect gift for anyone who enjoys touring Texas wineries or wants to learn more about Texas wine in general. The app not only has a GPS map for locating wineries across the Lone Star State, it also helps users locate wine stores that carry Texas wine, restaurants that list Texas wine, wine tour companies, and local lodging in wine rich areas. The app is constantly updated with new locations and includes event calendar, winery info, the TEXAS CELLAR for sharing Texas wine bottle images and tastings notes, and much more. Only $1.99 in iTunes or Google Play. More information HERE.
For the Texas wine lover and book reader, The Wineslinger Chronicles – Texas on the Vine, by Dr. Russell Kane is the perfect gift. Kane’s reflections include explorations of Spanish missionary life and the sacramental wine made from Texas’s first vineyard as well as the love for grapes and wine brought subsequently by German and Italian immigrants from their homelands. Kane also relates stories of the modern-day growers and entrepreneurs who overcame the lingering effects of temperance and prohibition—forces that failed to eradicate Texas’s destiny as an emerging wine-producing region. The book can be found online at Amazon.com or directly from wineslinger.net.