“Declare Your Independence From Ordinary Wine!”
The wineries in and around Fayette County, Texas, surrounded by beautiful and relaxing landscapes, can all be visited in a day or two. You will find live music, tasting rooms and grape stomps along the Texas Independence Wine Trail.
For the past few years, a group of winery and vineyard owners in the south central region of Texas have been working together to form a wine trail that highlights not only the history and beauty of the area, but, of course, the wide variety of wines available - from fruit wine, honey wine and top Texas varietals.
The collection of six wineries, with two located in Fayette County, have named the track the Texas Independence Wine Trail. The trail begins just north of La Grange and stretches south, primarily along State Highway 77, about 90 miles to Lolita, following Texas’ founders’ footsteps along the way.
Wendy Rohan, has been operating, along with her husband, John, the Rohan Meadery just north of La Grange since 2009. Wendy has been heavily involved in setting up the wine trail and believes it has a myriad of unique aspects to offer all who visit. “We want to encourage those making the Austin to Houston trek to get off the highways and explore this beautiful area of the state,” Wendy said. “The wineries on the Texas Independence Wine Trail have all created great destination locations, and getting to them is half the fun!” she jokes, as many of the wineries on the trail are “off the beaten path.’”
She added because of that, people can spend a few hours at a location to enjoy the wine and the countryside. The trail can be experienced from north to south or south to north in groups or just as couples. The two things the trail has going for it is wine diversity, ranging from mead to muscadine - with many well-regarded wine varietals in between, and the beauty of this area, steeped in rich history. Wendy said that people have already been enjoying the wineries in the area and have been more than happy with their visit. The wine trail group hopes to encourage more people to savor the experience.
“People are really surprised about all the wineries in the area,” Wendy said. “Locals and visitors alike have really been enjoying all that we have to offer. Every place has a tasting room and for a nominal fee they can sample the offerings, and the views are always inviting.” The Texas Independence Trail website lists events and in depth information. Visitors can also make a visit to one or all of the wineries their own personal event. “We are inviting people to enjoy our Texas-based wineries and the beautiful country,” Wendy said. “There are many vibrant communities in south central Texas that are rich in history, especially in the fight for Texas’ independence.”
For more information, click on the winery images on the left.