Rich body, bouquet, fine finish: Driftwood vineyards
Gary Elliott’s family has a long history of growing grapes in California so when the Driftwood Vineyards owner decided to sell his the cattle and start a new enterprise, a winery seemed like a tasty idea.
His tasting room blends of the elegant tastes of oenophiles with the rustic spirit of Texas. It sits on the edge of an escarpment overlooking 14 acres of vines that create a canopy of lush greenery when they are in full bloom. It is reminiscent of the enchanted feel of Napa Valley with a decidedly Texas Hill Country twist.
Gnarled mesquite trees somehow manage to simultaneously appear graceful and weathered as they arch to- gether to cast a veil of shade off the popular picnic area overlooking the vineyard.
Elliott eventually hopes to expand the vineyard to its full 20-acre capacity.
“At that point, we would be producing about 80 tons of grapes and 2,000 to 2,500 cases of wine per year,” Elliott said. “We’re selling what we have right now so fast, we can hardly keep it on the shelves.”
Driftwood Vineyards produces seven different wines from eight varieties of grapes. Most of the grapes are Mediterranean berries that flourish in hot weather climates.
Elliott’s flagship red wine is created from the syrah grape. Most people will recognize
the syrah by its more common Australian name, the shiraz.
The most popular white wine Elliott crafts comes from the sophisticated and flirty viognier grape. It is generally accepted among winemakers to be one of the best in the nation, Elliott said. His wines have won so many awards that he can hardly keep track of them.
“It’s the climate, the soil, the way the sun hits the grapes, the water in the ground — all those things affect the terriore,” Elliott said.
Driftwood Vineyards is located six miles south of U.S. 290 on Ranch Road 12 between Dripping Springs and Wimberley. Open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. For directions or information, call 512-692-6229, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit them on-line at www.driftwoodvineyards.com.
Driftwood Vineyards’ flagship red wine is created from the syrah grape, which gives it an excellent bouquet. Here, the annual grape crop is harvested.