Family, friends, and tradition sum up the wine culture in Grapevine.
The city is named after the wild grapes that flourished in the area in the mid 1840’s. It’s only five minutes from the DFW International Airport, and produces some of the best wines in Texas. Their famous GrapeFest is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Grapevine is quite simply the headquarters of the wine industry in Texas.
The picturesque town welcomes the visitor on Main Street with its shops, historic buildings, art galleries, theaters, ice cream parlors and, of course, rooms for sampling and drinking wine, not to mention the restaurants that pour the most extraordinary wine and pair it with every dish on the menu.
The winemaking traditions bind to glass blowing and forging and even a train from the roaring 20’s. Farina's Winery welcomes visitors with a beautiful 19thcentury European bar where you can taste excellent reds and whites. The salads and pastas are the specialty, but the red Farina, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, is the real protagonist.
When it comes to whites, the Pinot Grigio of Messina Hof takes the cake. The casual and friendly atmosphere in this town is part and parcel of its cozy character. Grapevine is the perfect place to have a good time and feel right at home.
Homestead Winery on the quiet E Worth Street seems like a modest house, but, as soon as you enter, this first impression changes completely. Emily McRoberts is a third-generation winemaker who follows the tradition of the Parker family and she just loves what she does. The chatting and imbibing can go on for hours! The story she tells about the Rose of Ivanhoe, a popular sweet red wine, illustrates the history of the vineyard. In addition to its award-winning Tempranillo and Malbec, the Chocolate Rose wine is something indescribable, perfect to top off a tasting of memorable proportions.
The power of this wine route is that everything is within walking distance. You can close the tour by returning to Main Street and swing by the sophisticated D'Vine Wine where you can make your own wine and even have your own “house label”. And if you fancy a bit of history washed down with a glass of Grapevine Red, don’t pass up a visit to the Cross Timbers Winery. This Victorian house from the beginning of the 20th century, besides offering the finest Texas wines, also boasts vintages from international sister houses, such as Mexico's Casa Madero as well as a uniquely-balanced sparkling wine with distinctive hints of almond.
In case you’re feeling up to a good dish after all that sampling and tasting and if you want to add a gourmet touch, why not try the chiles rellenos de huitlacoche. These poblano peppers stuffed with the black Mexican mushroom are masterfully prepared by Chef Gabriel DeLeon at his restaurant Mi Día From Scratch. Be sure to stop off for some Brie nachos at the restaurant Into the Glass.
In Grapevine the wine culture is wonderfully laid-back. A clear example is La Buena Vida on College St. with its award-winning reds and beautiful Spanish courtyard is an excellent choice if you’re bringing your family. Gotta love a place that’s kid friendly.
After driving a distance out of downtown Grapevine, you’ll find Delaney Vineyards & Winery at 2000 Champagne Blvd. The first thing that impresses the visitor is the size of the barrels, the stately building, the friendliness of the environment and especially their Claret, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.
When planning, your trip you might consider visiting in September, when the 28th GrapeFest will be in full swing. You’ll be able to savor nearly 150 Texas wines as well as international vintages as you enjoy regional artists, music, dance and a children's fair. The event closes off the historic downtown core of the city to cars so that pedestrians are free to roam the restaurants, galleries, vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms all in one area at an event like no other that shows the process and the enjoyment of winemaking.