“Enjoy our exceptional wines”
Kerrville Hills Winery is located at the top of a hill on a 30-acre ranch. The winery and tasting room incorporate the footprint of the original homestead. In the past several years, we’ve been working daily to craft a selection of inaugural edition wines and create a fun, relaxing and inviting location to taste them. Wayne Milberger’s family has been involved in agriculture since he was 8 years old. Wayne has always been interested in wine and wine grapes, and attended his first Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association conference in 1981. Wayne moved to Kerrville for a drier climate in 2004 with his wife and family and began pursuing his long-term interest in wine making. Wayne wants Kerrville Hills Winery to be a fun place for people to come to enjoy exceptional wines. We’re proud to craft wines that are at equally at home at wine competitions and lazy days enjoying Hill Country views. We presently offer three wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Blanc Du Bois. The Cabernet and Merlot wines are made from Lake County, California grapes (High Valley Appellation). These grapes are the product of ideal growing conditions: grown in red volcanic soil on a steep hillside at a 2000 foot elevation overlooking Clear Lake (which helps moderate the daytime and evening temperature). After harvesting, the grapes are shipped in a refrigerated truck, and destemmed and crushed at the Kerrville winery. The Cabernet and Merlot wines are aged in French oak and American oak barrels at the winery. The Blanc Du Bois is made from Texas grapes grown in the rich calcareous soils of Brenham, Texas. Our Blanc Du Bois was processed in stainless steel tanks, without oak barrels, to keep its crisp fruit flavors.
The Traveling Winers on Texas Wine Trail
The Kerrville Hills Winery really doesn’t look like much on the outside – a big tin building – BUT WAIT! Once you walk in, all else changes! This place is full of history and passion – it just exudes from every nook and cranny! The historical part comes from the history of the location – a 1950’s house burned down in 2004 and sat vacant for some time. Wayne & Carol Milberger, seeing the potential, bought the place, took down the burneddown house, kept the floors, the fireplace and other pieces of the property that they could use in the construction of their tasting room.
The tasting room is quite spacious as is the tasting bar, with plenty of room to taste or kick back and relax. It just feels comfortable. They even have old pictures on the walls of the old house and the construction of the winery. Worth a gander!
Now for the passion! From the owners, Wayne and Carol, to the tasting room manager, Brenda, to the host, Ryan…passion was the word of the day. It is quite the experience to get wrapped up in another person’s dream and to have almost as much invested emotionally simply through their story telling. We learned that they bought the place in 2007, have no vineyards but source their grapes from California and make the wine right here in their winery. In 2009, they produced about 2,2oo cases. And let us tell you, we REALLY enjoyed their wine. Yummmm!
We highly recommend that you make this a stop on your trail through Texas. Drop in and tell Wayne & Carol that you heard about them at The Vineyard Trail and see if they remember us! I hope they do!
The Traveling Winers at The Vineyard Trail
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