I had always imagined the whole of Texas to be dry and desert-like, which I suppose was a bit ignorant of me, so imagine my disbelief when I found out that Texas has over 350 registered wineries! Apparently, it is a general misconception that grapes need cooler and dryer air to grow because they have been growing naturally along rivers and streams in Texas for thousands of years.
We visited the Messina Hof Winery, which is one of the oldest wineries in the state, where they grow Lenoir grapes, which are used in making their port wine, their speciality. We did the vineyard and wine tasting tour in the early evening. After a short history of Messina Hof, we went to see the vineyard. I have to say I would not enjoy picking the grapes during the Harvest Festival, as the ten minutes we spent in the sun had my skin burning. The rest of the tour was a lot more comfortable and very informative. I love hearing about the wine making process even though I have been on similar tours before. I like to see what wineries do differently in the production of their wines. After the tour, we had the wine tasting, which was fun! We tried four different types of wine, my favourite of which was the port; quite unusual as I am not a big fan of port wine in general. We finished the day off with a glass of wine and a plate of cheese in their lovely wine bar.