Thursday, January 19, 2017

1851 Vineyards

Fredericksburg, TX

Visit: December 2016

1851 Vineyards winery and tasting room

1851 Vineyards just opened their doors in November of 2016, but they've already made some great accomplishments along the way.  The Hollimon family started planting vines on their property four years ago and now has 10 acres of vines planted, including Tempranillo, Syrah, Cabernet, Malbec, Petit Sirah, and Chardonnay vines.  That's a lot of vines for a new winery, and they have more planting in the works.  The property has been in the family since the 1960s, but the history of the property goes back to 1851, hence the name.  This is when the land was settled to become the first location of Pioneer Flour Mills, utilizing Live Oak Creek.  Some of the original structures are still standing, giving visitors a sense of the property's history.  1851 Vineyards is located just a few miles south of Fredericksburg on Highway 16.  

John Rivenburgh is the winemaker at 1851 Vineyards, who we first learned about when he was the winemaker at Bending Branch Winery.  John has lots of experience making Texas wines, so 1851 Vineyards is in good hands.  Currently 1851 is sourcing fruit from Texas and the Sierra Foothills of California.  They've completed their first harvest of estate fruit, so we're excited to see some estate offerings before too long.  

Interior of the tasting room

1851 Vineyards offers a few different tasting and tour options for visitors.  Be sure to check out their website for all of the details, including info on making reservations.  We stopped by on a week day when it wasn't too busy, but the word is getting out quickly.  If you plan to visit on the weekend it's best to make a reservation.  Tastings are $10 and include samples of 4 of their wines; 1 white and 3 red during our visit.  We enjoyed all of their wines and left with a bottle of their Tempranillo and Cabernet.  Two tasting fees are waived with a 2 bottle purchase, and bottle prices are very reasonable.  This makes it very difficult to leave empty handed!      

Tasting menu (December 2016)

Lots of wine in the works!


  1. Thanks for coming to visit! We are excited to see what the future has in store!

  2. We're glad to see y'all open and excited to see what's next!