This is one of an occasional series detailing Texas wineries. The complete list is here.
Jason Englert, the winemaker at Grape Creek Vineyards, has done an impressive job in his three years at the Hill Country winery. His wines have won a bunch of medals, the prestigious San Francisco International and Dallas Morning News competitions included.
In addition, he has used new owner Brian Heath ?s resources to put together a professional and competent wine program, moving Grape Creek close to the first tier of Texas wineries. Heath, a financial services executive, has expanded the winery ?s tasting room and upgraded its production facilities.
The catch, though, is that Englert has done this by making a lot of wine with grapes that aren ?t from Texas. That Grape Creek uses non-Texas fruit is neither good nor bad, given the state ?s grape shortage. Rather, it raises the question of what will happen when there is enough Texas fruit for Englert to use.