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Our Story

Growing Texas Wine Since 2008

 
What began as an acquaintance as winemakers in the Hill Country became a collaboration between William "Bill" Blackmon and Chris Brundrett; one that's based on a shared winemaking philosophy and a vision for what the Texas wine industry is capable of. Bill and Chris agree that great wines are not made, but grown in the vineyard. They also believe that wine should be inspired by the pleasure that is shared with an extended community of friends and family over a bottle. The creation of each new vintage depends greatly upon these two priorities.

Today, William Chris Vineyards continues to reach for a level of quality that represents the very best of Texas in each new vintage. It is with confidence in our process and pride in our team, community, and the special place we call home, that we inscribe each bottle of William Chris Vineyards wine with this greeting: We are pleased to share a piece of our world.

Our Winemaking Philosophy

 
When it comes to wine, location matters. That's why William Chris joined with 23 of the leading wine regions of the world to support Truth in Labeling as a part of the global Wine Origins initiative. We support global efforts to uphold the integrity of each winegrowing region and their place names. And in 2021, we aided in achieving new legislation around labeling laws in the state of Texas so that wine consumers here know what makes a Texas wine, truly Texan.

Thoughtful winemaking begins with the harvest. Timing of each pick requires an understanding of chemistry coupled with a well-developed palate and a bit of good old-fashioned farmer’s intuition. Each harvest also depends heavily on mother nature as weather patterns have a substantial impact on the balance of acidity, sugar content, and flavor profiles in a finished wine. In our tasting room you'll learn about what makes one vintage unique from the next.

PROCESSING

 
In the Cellar, Bill and Chris trust each wine to come into its own with as little intervention as possible. After fruit is harvested, destemmed, crushed, and pressed our winemakers use the pre-industrial method of open-air fermentation whenever possible.

Each day multiple punchdowns are done by hand facilitating a delicate maceration process during fermentation. Once each wine has been barreled (or transferred to a concrete tank) to age, we practice minimal handling. As a result, most of our wines take on increasing complexity and depth for years to come.
 
 

aging

 
Our still wine is racked with the goal of minimum air contact over a 12-18 month period. Our barrel program consists of high-quality French, American, and Eastern European oak. We use first to third-year barrels with varying levels of toast matched to the needs of each varietal.

Chris and his team are innovators in the Texas wine industry when it comes to aging techniques. In addition to oak barrels they also age wines in concrete tanks. Our concrete tanks allow for a controlled introduction of oxygen throughout the fermentation and aging processes. We are actually the first vineyard in the U.S. to have a Galileo Tank imported from Bordeaux, France exclusively for William Chris Vineyards.

Making wine only using Texas-grown grapes from farms located in Texas' American Viticultural Areas.

Blending

 
While Bill and Chris are passionate about single varietals, they also understand the importance of blending. With each varietal's strengths in mind, Bill and Chris work to showcase authentic expressions of each particular vintage.

Our primary goal is to consistently craft wines that are both balanced and emphasize the flavors that are unique to the terroir where the grapes are grown.
 
 

Bottling

 
In 2016 we added a state of the art bottling line to our winery operations. Once the bottling line is set to accommodate the unique volume and shape of the bottles they are taken off the manufacturer's pallet and fed into the machine. A conveyor system moves them through the process.

First, they have nitrogen blasted into them to reduce the oxygen level within the bottle, then they go through the filler which also injects a small amount of inert gas on top to keep the wine from oxidizing in the bottle. Finally, the bottles get a cork or screw cap and pass through the labeler. At the end of the line, each bottle is inspected by our crew members then packed into cases - ready for sale.

William Chris Vineyards Leadership 

Anthony Harvell Chief Operation Officer (1)  

Board of Advisors

Anthony Harvell Chief Operation Officer (1640 × 462 px) (1)