Vineyard

Stan and Peggy McGinley had long dreamed of having a vineyard, and bought acreage in Walker County, Texas with that very dream in mind. It took shape in 2009 with the planting of Blanc du Bois and Lenoir (aka Black Spanish) grapes, and has expanded over the years to the 15 acres of planted grapes that West Sandy Creek Winery has today.

The vineyards were developed in partnership with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Program  to make best use of the sandy loam soil and the unique elevation changes of this beautiful property, which boasts the second highest point in Walker County, known as Blue Bonnet Hill. The vineyard is equipped with an inline drip irrigation system, which allows us to drip in not only water, but also other nutrients directly to each plant.

Now one of the largest vineyards in the Texas Gulf Coast Region, West Sandy Creek includes Tempranillo grapes in addition to the Blanc du Bois and Lenoir plantings. The latter two were chosen for their resistance to Pierce’s disease, a common vineyard problem that is made worse by the south Texas climate. We’re especially proud of our 12 acres of Blanc du Bois grapes, which were developed by a Texan in a University of Florida lab in 1968.

The grapes are harvested once a year, usually in July, and in 2018 our yield was more than 65,000 pounds of grapes, all harvested by hand by family and staff.

Our tasting room is open Thursday – Sunday from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. Contact us at info@WSCWinery.com for more information.