Haak Vineyards and Winery is one of the few Texas wineries close to the Gulf of
Mexico. Most wine grapes aren’t fond of
the weather, but Blanc du Bois handles it well.
Haak has embraced this grape, producing a wide variety of styles from
it. They offer everything from a crisp
dry Blanc du Bois that drinks like a nice Savignon Blanc, to one that’s had a
secondary fermentation like a buttery Chardonnay, to a Madeira style wine from
the same grape. Blanc du Bois is
becoming increasingly important to Texas wine because its robustness handles
the Texas environment well and can be used to make some very high quality
wines. Haak also makes a full selection
of red wines, and even a few sweet wines.
Haak Winery offers tours and tastings for $10 throughout the week. Their tour is informative and interesting,
showing their vineyard, the cellar, and production facility. It’s a great experience and less than an hour
away from most parts of Houston. Some of
their wines are available at Spec’s, some HEBs, and even some Kroger
stores. My favorite is their dry Blanc
du Bois which I’ve seen around Houston for under $15. Being able to pick up a nice, crisp white
wine made with Texas fruit at your everyday supermarket for not a lot of cash
is win for Texas wine fans.