Want to discover your inner sommelier or just enjoy an afternoon with a bottle of wine? You can find several wineries near Houston to sip and sample grapes from Texas and the rest of the world.
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No need to find a hotel for this wine tour. Here six wineries are all within an hour’s drive from Houston.
ErmaRose Winery won eight awards at the Houston Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Competition.
ErmaRose Winery’s owner and vintner Jennifer Prothow started making wine after serving in the Marines as a way to adjust to life back home. But she doesn’t use grapes to create her wines—instead, she ferments lemons, cranberries, bananas, mangoes, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and peaches to create unique flavors such as Blackberry-Lemon, Peach-Lemon and Dragonfly Fruit. The winery even won eight awards at Houston Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Competition in 2019. Sip, snack from food trucks on site and enjoy live music every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
3130 Katy Hockley Cut Off Road, Katy
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Two former chefs teamed up to found this Houston-based winery. Ian Eastveld and his partner Ryan Levy make their award-winning wines from vineyards in Texas, Argentina, and California, including its Nice Texas Blanc, a fully Texan wine made with blanc du bois grapes from Alta Mira Vineyards in Anderson, Texas. Reservations are required to book a wine tasting, which includes four to six wines and accompaniments from the winery’s kitchen.
10520 Westview Drive, Houston
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Ever wanted your own custom wine? Sable Gate Winery’s “Adopt-A-Grape” program lets you select from the wines currently in fermentation to bottle, cork and personalize with your custom label. If you don’t need a full case of wine named after yourself, you can visit the winery for a glass or two and a pizza or charcuterie.
2600 Travis St., Suite 104, Houston
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Messina Hof Wine Cellars
This Texas winery has four outposts across the state, including one in Richmond where you can taste wine and have brunch, lunch or dinner alongside it. Messina Hoff has been making wine in Texas since 1977 and has become one of the largest producers of Texas wine since, winning dozens of awards including prizes at the Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition in 2021, TEXSOM International Wine Awards and the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition in 2021.
8921 Harlem Road, Richmond
Sample wine and beer at this winery and brewery under one roof. Braman Winery uses Texas grapes aged in French Oak barrels for its wines. The combination winery and brewery also frequently hosts live music, trivia nights and “wine bingo.”
3421 Farm to Market 359, Richmond
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The grape vineyards are seen at the Haak Winery on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Santa Fe. What began in 1969 as an anniversary gift of grapevines from his wife Gladys has grown into a full-fledged business. (J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle)
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The first winery and only commercial vineyard in Galveston County, Haak Vineyards started as a 10th wedding anniversary gift of just two grapevines given to Raymond Haak from his wife, Gladys in 1969. Haak Vineyards and Winery soon grew and became one of the first cultivators of Blanc du Bois, a hybrid grape that grows well in Texas. The winery’s port, Madeira Blanc du Bois, and other wines have each won several awards, including multiple years at the Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition. Email email@example.com for tour reservations.
6310 Avenue T, Santa Fe