Author Archives: Margaret Fetty

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01 Nov

Texas Hill Country Wineries Donates to Susan G Komen

Westcave Cellars Winery is proud announce that a portion of wine trail proceeds benefit breast cancer screening, treatment, education and research!

“Texas Wine Month Trail and Breast Cancer Awareness month both just happen to fall in October. Texas Hill Country Wineries membership decided this was a perfect fit to participate in the cause by donating $5 from each Texas Wine Month Trail ticket sold to Susan G Komen. With this disease hitting close to home for many in the wine industry it was an easy decision. “It is very valuable to us at Pedernales Cellars and within the Texas Hill Country wine trail community to be able to support women in their fight for a cure” says Julie Kuhlken, owner Pedernales Cellars and breast cancer survivor.

Ticket sales for the month long trail have been a sell out the past few years so for 2012 the association increased the amount of tickets to 800. Once again, the trail sold out! This made it possible for a $4000 donation. On October 30, two representatives from Texas Hill Country Wineries presented a check for the total amount to Susan G Komen San Antonio. “This generous gift will make a real difference for so many families in our community” Niki Simpson, executive director Susan G Komen San Antonio writes to THCW.

Texas Hill Country Wineries and Susan G Komen formed a bond at the check presentation and both groups plan to continue to build on the relationship and work together in supporting those affected by breast cancer and finding a cure. “Your support will make an incredible impact for the people who need our help the most. I look forward to working with you in the future as well” stated Elyse Alaniz, project manager Susan G Komen San Antonio.”

For additional information and to donate to Susan G Komen, please visit www.KomenSanAntonio.org.

Wineries Participating:

Alamosa Wine Cellars
Becker Vineyards

Bell Springs Winery

Bending Branch Winery

Chisholm Trail Winery

Driftwood Estate Winery

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

Duchman Family Winery

Fall Creek Vineyards

Fiesta Winery

Flat Creek Estate

Fredericksburg Winery

Grape Creek Vineyards

Kerrville Hills Winery

McReynolds Winery

Pedernales Cellars

Perissos Vineyards and Winery

Pillar Bluff Vineyards

Rancho Ponte Vineyard

Santa Maria Cellars

Singing Water Vineyards

Sister Creek Vineyards

Solaro Estate

Spicewood Vineyards

Stone House Vineyard

Texas Hills Vineyard

Texas Legato Winery

Torre di Pietra Vineyards

Westcave Cellars Winery

William Chris Vineyards

Wimberley Valley Winery

Woodrose Winery

 

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17 Oct

Austin Alfa Romeo owner club discovers Westcave Cellars winery

Thanks to the Austin Alfa Romeo owners club for stopping by Westcave Cellars Winery Saturday October 13th!

The Austin Alfa Romeo Owners of the Hill Country discovered the ambiance and pleasures of Westcave Cellars near Dripping Springs, Texas on Saturday Oct. 13 as they brought nearly 40 member and friends with their cars to the Westcave vineyard for wine, music and slow roasted pig.

Local automobile enthusiast clubs are discovering that doing single day road trips and drives just a short distance from Austin can deliver a wonderful drive through the Hill Country that includes a visit to the growing number of wineries nearby that offer good wines, lively music, luscious picnic settings and tasty food that adds to the road trip experience for the members.

Westcave Cellars, located on Hamilton Pool Road just West of the well known Hamilton Pool Preserve in Travis County near Dripping Springs, is now in their third year of crushing and bottling wines made exclusively from Texas grapes including those from their own eleven acres of vines.

Alpha Romeo members arrive @ Westcave Cellars (photo credit: austinautoboomer.com

Opening in 2010, Westcave bottled just 1,300 cases of several varieties from their vineyard plus grapes and juice from other Texas growers. From the beginning, Westcave owners, Margaret and Allan Fetty wanted to offer not only good wines but also include a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy the vineyard and its wines in a relaxing picnic-like atmosphere.

Shortly after opening, they added a Texas sized stone roasting pit to the property and began offering their signature whole North Carolina style barbecue for special events including catering for group events. North Carolina style whole hog barbecue is “vinegar” style turning a whole hog into a delectable meal in just a few hours. Allan gets his whole pigs for roasting exclusively from Harvest House Market in Johnson City.

The pig roaster led to adding a bandstand for local bands and groups to provide music on Sundays and at special or catered events.

Saturday, against the backdrop of the 40 or so Alfa Romeos, Triumphs, Morgans, Coopers and several other brand member cars parked in front of the vineyard, a local favorite duo, The Pod, consisting of Johnny Harrison and Gerhardt Gast, entertained with an eclectic blend of blues, pop, rock, gospel, folk, and original music. Gerhardt plays guitar and mandolin, and Johnny handles most of the vocals and harmonica.with a wide range of appropriate songs from a range of generations.

Westcave Cellars, in their second year (2011), produced just under a 1000 cases of wine due to the impact of the severe drought limiting the their grape harvest and availability of Texas grapes overall. In the face of the challenging year, Margaret and Allan pushed ahead planting additional vines and expanding the crushing, storage and bottling operation for 2012.

Now, in the Fall of 2012, Westcave Cellars has crushed 51 tons of grapes filling their stainless steel vats and French oak barrels with over 6,500 gallons of all Texas grape juice that will yield around 3,000 cases in their third year (2012-2013) of production.

Available now at Westcave are their Merlot, White Merlot, Viognier, Ruby Cabernet, Syrah, Muscat Blanc, Sweet Red and Sweet White. Westcave will be blending and bottling many of the same this year and will be adding a Malvasia and at least one Estate variety late in 2012 or early 2013.

Sadly, one of my favorites, White Zinfandel, is now sold out (I bought the last 6 bottles last month) and will not be available this year as the grape harvest for the White Zinfandel did not meet their quality standards. For sure, look for it again in the Fall of 2013 or Spring of 2014.

Westcave Cellars wines can also be found in several Hill Country bistros and tasting rooms.

Westcave Cellars is a member of the well known Texas Wine Trail organization that includes wineries all over Hill Country including those located farther West in Hill Country.

More recently, they are a founding member of the Dripping Wine Trail which includes a number of close-in wineries and related businesses working together to encourage enjoyment of the Hill Country wine experience just minutes away from Austin.

Westcave Cellars holds special events about once per month that includes music, wine tasting and good food while watching the day come to a close with the sun setting over the vineyards. For special occasions like Fourth of July, Allan fires up the “hog size” griller and roasts a whole hog with all the trimmings.

Westcave Cellars also holds special tasting events for groups (including auto enthusiast clubs) that includes music, food catered in (groups can arrange their own catering) or a whole pig North Carolina style from the stone roaster.

The Westcave Cellars tasting room is in the vineyard at 25711 Hamilton Pool Road, Round Mountain, Texas, 78663. Hours for the tasting room are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays 12 pm to 6 pm and other days of the week by appointment. Families and children are especially welcome.

You can also follow them and their events on Facebook at Westcave Cellars.

If you are a Central Texas auto club group looking for a single day road trip with a good drive, wine, music and North Carolina roasted pig, take a look at visiting Westcave Cellars.”

Thanks again Alpha Romeo club members!

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01 Oct

Art on Wine

Westcave Cellars Winery is featured in Art on Wine’s blog post: “Texas Hill Country Dripping With Taste”

“The recent Dripping Springs Wine and Food Fest, cleverly called Dripping With Taste, was a real eye opener for me. Not only was the event so popular that it was sold out by 4 o’clock, but the quality of wines served are raising the bar for Texas wines. Twenty two wineries showed up from the local area. There weren’t even any wineries from the Texas-famed Lubbock region! Holy cow! When did all of these wineries pop up around here? Messina Hof, Becker and Flat Creek of course had presence there, but here are some not so well-known wineries that I found had great wines and interesting labels, of course.”

“I was arrested for trespassing many years ago at Westcave Preserve when it was still private property. It was and still is one of the most beautiful places in the Hill Country. Now you can take tours of the Preserve legally and stop in at Westcave Cellars to enjoy a glass of wine on the same road. Their labels pay homage to the cave with watercolor artworks commissioned locally. The Merlot was my favorite, bold with a rich color and nice earthly fragrance.”

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Visit their website at www.artonwine.com

About Art on Wine:

“We at Art on Wine recognize the efforts and celebrate the creativity, as well as the recognize competition among the winemakers. It’s not just about who has the best wine in the bottle anymore. It’s about standing apart on the shelf. Competition in the wine world has become more than just winning wine tasting awards.”