Just to the east of the I-35 corridor in San Marcos, is a small winery nestled on the banks of the San Marcos River. The Three Dudes winery has a unique location, so don’t be dissuaded by the trailers you initially see on the road. The name comes from the dudes that founded the place. With grapes primarily sourced from Fort Stockton, Lubbock, and south of San Antonio (black Spanish grapes), there are about a half dozen wines you can try for tasting. Their whites (Chenin Blanc and Texas White) are quite crisp and are perfect for those warmer days we tend to have in Texas “winters”. Those looking for that sometimes hard to find white Zinfandel, make a note to stop in to taste theirs, as it is wonderful. You won’t be disappointed as it has all the flavors of a Zinfandel that you’ve come to appreciate. The merlot is quite soft and easy drinking for all. The Texas red is bit more peppery with a tart finish. Their Black Texas port packs quite a punch, as well. Keep this one handy for those rare arctic cold blasts in January. Since our unofficial wine blog days, they’ve added a nice patio and mini-park that goes right up to the river. They have picnic tables under a covered patio by the river and lots of seating outside next to the winery that is likewise covered, so you can enjoy a lovely sunset or midday break outside with friends and loved ones. Expect a non-traditional and laid back atmosphere when visiting and you will fit right in. Definitely worth a stop.

Three Dudes Winery