Most Texans think of HWY 90 west of San Antonio as the get-a-way stretch to great spring fed rivers and country camping.  Along that same stretch of road between Castroville and Hondo is a small boutique winery run by Mike Brawley.  To say location is everything for a business is an understatement, but Mike seems to have found an ideal location for those Hill Country travelers.  This place has been open since December 2013 and has been serving up a wide variety of Texas wines as well as a couple of bottles of his own creation.  On the estate are about two acres of vines of mostly Tempranillo and Black Spanish.  For the estate bottles, there is the 2014 Pataki Panchanga red wine.  It’s a mix of Tempranillo, Black Spanish, and Syrah. It’s quite refreshing and an easy smooth drinking wine. The second bottle is the same varietal but was aged longer in oak for a couple of years, so it has an oaky flavor profile. This is a great stop to make on your way out west on HYW 90. There is a nice little tasting room with seats for you to enjoy a glass or bottle. It’s a great family friendly operation and you’ll feel more than welcomed.  Stop in to say hi, find some new wines to love and take something home to enjoy later. Have fun!

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