Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Haak Vineyards and Winery

Santa Fe, TX

Visits: August, 2015

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.

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