Seek wines from Crossroads wineries

JR Ortega By JR Ortega

Jan. 30, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

Looking for a wine weekend getaway? Forget Aspen, the Finger Lakes and Napa. The wine circuit in our backyard is thriving and just a quick drive away. These South Texas wine wonders are sure to please.


• WHERE: 16375 State Highway 183 South, Refugio

• WHEN: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday by appointment. Live music on first and third Saturday of every month, from 6:30-10 p.m.

• FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 361-526-4662 or visit their website at

• Why should people visit Texas Southwind?

"Because we make our own wine, bottle it and the whole bit. Fruit wines are popular, and the fact that we make it here on site and we do all the bottling and labeling is nice. Most of our grapes come from local vineyards, and we try to keep everything as local as possible. We also have our own tasting room." - Regina Staggs, co-owner with husband David Staggs


• WHERE: 172 Private Road 4261 (South of Lolita)

• WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday. Other days available by appointment

• FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 361-874-4663 or visit the website at

• Why should people visit Lavaca Bluffs?

"We have a beautiful view of the Lavaca River, up high on the bluff. We also feature local history and stories on each of our labels. That's part of the tasting experience. It's those nuggets of history that makes it popular. Also, we're not a pretentious winery like in some bigger, more urban areas. People won't feel intimidated, and it's a good starting point to learn backgrounds on wines, grapes and the whole making process. Primarily we deal with Texas fruits and grapes. When we can't acquire it locally, we bring it in from other places." - Beth Reed, co-owner with husband Dough Reed.


• WHERE: 7952 Farm-to-Market Road 1891, Hallettsville

• WHEN: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Other days available by appointment

• FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 361-772-2389 or go to

• What makes Darcy's Vineyard special?

"We're only about a year old, but we're trying to source our wine locally, and it's gone pretty well. We are the first and only winery in Lavaca County, and we make our wine from local grapes, not wild grapes. We offer an array from dry to sweet red and white wine." - Darcy Warren, co-owner with husband, John.


• WHERE: 3333 Farm-to-Market Road 359, Richmond

• WHEN: Bottle pick up is 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; Tasting room is open 2-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 2 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

• FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 281-762-1375.

*Braman used to have its tasting room in Refugio but that has since moved to Richmond. Braman still has a warehouse in Refugio where wine is made and bottled but this is closed to the public.


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