Wedding Oak Winery opens new location at a farm in Fredericksburg

Photo by Matt McGinnis. Wedding Oak winemaker Penny Adams is planting grapes among the wildflowers at Wildseed Farms, in Fredericksburg, the newest location of the winery.

Photo by Miguel Lecuona. Wedding Oak winemaker Penny Adams is taking care of wine grapes among the wildflowers at Wildseed Farms, in Fredericksburg, the newest location of the winery.

It’s now become a little easier for Texas wine lovers to get their hands on bottles of Wedding Oak Winery, an operation out of San Saba in the northern Hill Country.

Wedding Oak wines, which had been available primarily at the winery and through the Wedding Oak wine club, are also found at a second location of the winery that opened up earlier this week: Wedding Oak at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, a town in the heart of Texas wine country.

The new location isn’t just a single tasting room, either — it’s a full-fledged, 4,570 sq. ft. facility complete with a tank and barrel room and vineyards where Wedding Oak winemaker Penny Adams will be able to expand the amount of Hill Country-grown grapes that go into her wines, according to a press release. Most of the winemaking, however, will continue to take place at the San Saba spot.

But that tasting room will certainly be a big draw for tourists traveling west on Highway 290 to visit many of the wineries in Fredericksburg and surrounding small towns. They’ll be able to choose from four different flights of five wines each, or from a total of 13 wines for sipping by the glass or bottle. Plus, although the tasting room has a bar, tourists and locals alike will probably be drawn outside to the covered patio or to the picturesque grounds of Wildseed Farms.

One look at the beauty surrounding Wildseed Farms, a working wildflower farm that has attracted visitors since 1983, and it’s easy to understand why Wedding Oak Winery founder Mike McHenry chose to expand there.

A visit promises “unique wine experiences that are intertwined with 200 acres of lush bluebonnets, poppies, Mexican hats and other wildflowers,” according to the press release. Wildseed Farms also has a sprawling outdoor marketplace and entertainment space, gardens and a gift shop and café.

Another big part of the appeal of Wildseed is that as a working farm, it’s equipped to “plant new vineyards and grape varieties that thrive in Texas,” according to the release. Last year, the first acreage of Albariño grapes began fledgling life there; this year, “additional Tempranillo and Mourvèdre vines will be planted, pushing more deep roots into the incredible soils of the Pedernales River basin.”

Working together, both the farm and the winery will plant up to 35 acres of vines through 2018.

“From the top of the Hill Country appellation in San Saba to the iconic wildflower fields of Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, it is now easier for people to enjoy a Wedding Oak Winery experience,” McHenry said in the release.

Wildseed Farms is located at 100 Legacy Dr., Fredericksburg. For more information, visit weddingoakwinery.com.

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