290 Wine Castle

Gather around from near and far – a story is about to be told…
A phoenix has risen and now resides just due west of Hye, Texas – sitting atop a stone castle admiring the Hill Country and vineyards below. I hear a tale of the castle overflowing with wines from old Europe to new world Napa with custom blends finishing in the dungeon chambers. We have searched Europe high and low to partner with wine craftsmen for our secret cellar selection. A local chef will be preparing a wonderful array of epicurean delights for pairing with our featured wines. Rumor has it that there will even be a dungeon tasting experience. The 290 Wine Castle at Chateau de Chasse was established by Mike and Monique Chase to fulfill the promise of a growing season of life – care, friendship and fellowship.

In the end, our story, our purpose, is to provide you, the king and queen for the day, with the backdrop and the experience to create your epic tale. Come by and enjoy an afternoon of fine wines and food while luxuriating in the 360 view of the Texas Hill Country surrounding the castle grounds. Allow us to make you feel special and if we don’t: will it be the dungeon for you??

Looking forward to seeing YOU this Spring at the castle.

Saluti! Mike & Monique

Signor Vineyards

Welcome To Signor Vineyards

Situated in the rolling hills of Central Texas where the Pedernales River meets Grape Creek. And born of a friendship spanning three generations of two Texas families.

Signor Vineyards tasting room is open to the public without an appointment Thursday through Monday
from 11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Tastings are also available by appointment Monday through Sunday
from 11 am to 6 pm by calling: 830.304.7446.

Signor Vineyards is located in the heart of the 290 Fredericksburg Wine Corridor,
and just an hour and twenty minute drive from both Austin and San Antonio.

Texas Hill Country Wines – A Quick Guide

 

Grape Creek May 9

 

WHERE IS THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY?
The Texas Hill Country is a general geographical region in central Texas that occupies 25 counties. By urban landmarks it is located roughly west of Austin and north of San Antonio, buffering both cities. The area boasts dramatic hills, scenic rivers, rugged ravines and quaint towns. The area is highly agricultural, yet offers state of the art museums, music venues, art galleries, shopping and wineries. The restaurants offer high class fine dining to down home country vittles, all of which are delicious.

WINE, IN THE HILL COUNTRY, REALLY?
Yes, really! The Hill Country grape growing area or officially the Hill Country AVA (American Viticultural Area) is the second largest in the nation. As of this publication there are 67+ wineries in the Hill Country and that number continues to increase.

WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GROW IN TEXAS?
According to gotexanwine.org the varietals currently growing in Texas are:
Red Varietals; Malbec, Tempranillo, Syrah, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Lenoir
White Varietals; Chardonnay, Blanc du Bois, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Orange Muscat, Muscat Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Gewurztraminer, Sémillon.
There are additional varietals that vintners and universities are experimenting with to continue to expand Texas’ grape growing repertoire. Additionally, there are some native varietals that provide exceptional root stock which are disease resistant and perfectly adapted to withstand Texas weather.

WHO BUYS HILL COUNTRY WINE?
According to Texas Tech University’s Texas Wine Marketing Research Institute, in 2015, 1.8 +/- Million cases of wine were produced in Texas. That number continues to increase each year. The primary consumers of wine in the Hill Country are women over 50 who have come to Fredericksburg to shop and drink wine!

OK, BUT IS IT ANY GOOD?
Texas wineries have been entering tastings and competitions for the past 20 years, and now they are winning. According to Cravedfw, a publication out of Dallas, a blind tasting of viognier was held between classic California and French viognier producers and Texas producers. The top 6 winners were Texas producers, including Pedernales Cellars in first place and Becker Vineyard in third, both from the Hill Country. Not to mention the plethora of competitions that individual wineries enter and walk away with medals, including the San Antonio Wine Fest, where Becker, Fall Creek, Grape Creek, Sister Creek, Torre di Pietra, and William Chris wineries all won silver and bronze medals against California, Italy and other international competitors.

WHERE DO I FIND MORE INFORMATION ON HILL COUNTRY WINE?
www.gotexanwine.org
www.texaswines.org
www.wineroad290.com

Any individual website for a Hill Country Winery.

Food and wine publications out of Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Houston

Explore our Wineries

You may be discovering what five million annual visitors already know:  The Texas Hill Country Wineries are spectacular and fun! With 42 unique and visually stunning wineries scattered throughout the Hill Country, from Austin to Fredericksburg and Lampasas to New Braunfels, there’s some place new to explore around every bend. Each place has its own personality, terroir and style of  winemaking, yet all share a commitment to quality and a fervent passion for what they do. We invite newcomers and old friends alike to an award-winning wine experience only the Texas Hill Country can offer. Our Texas hospitality is unsurpassed. We invite you to come spend a day, a weekend or more, and enjoy the local food, wine and beauty. Texas Wine Trail  www.texaswinetrail.com