Texas’ third oldest winery is expanding early next year with a new tasting room and production facility in Driftwood, right across the street from Salt Lick Barbecue.
Fall Creek Vineyards’ second location on FM 1826 — the original Tow winery will remain open — includes 17 acres adjacent to Onion Creek. The tasting room will have a variety of Fall Creek wines for tasting and purchase by the glass, bottle or case.
Plus, the Driftwood facility will also debut a new series of single-vineyard wines, “Terroir Reflections,” kicking off with the releases of 2013 Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay (from the Certenberg vineyard) and the 2012 Fall Creek Vineyards Tempranillo (from the Salt Lick vineyard).
Fall Creek co-owners Susan and Ed Auler, who opened the winery 39 years ago, said in a press release that an expansion was necessary to continue growing. They chose opening the second location in Driftwood not just because it’s “a gorgeous area and becoming a food and beverage destination with wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants in the vicinity,” Susan Auler said, but because it’s near one of Fall Creek’s vineyards.
“One of the many reasons we chose this beautiful location is because it is adjacent to Salt Lick Vineyards — where the grapes for some of our single-vineyard designation wines are grown… This location and its soil are well-suited for additional vineyards,” Ed Auler said.
He added that “nothing will change at the winery in Tow,” where people can visit 7 days a week to enjoy private tastings, monthly events and nature walks.
“It is a mere 25 minute drive from Austin, yet still feels like a peaceful country getaway,” Susan Auler said about the Driftwood winery. “The property is currently undergoing minor interior renovation and we are excited to soon open the doors of our second winery tasting room to fans, friends and wine lovers.”