There are now two locations where Texas wine lovers can taste Armadillo’s Leap wines in the Hill Country.
The winery from the owners of Kuhlken Vineyards and Pedernales Cellars — one of the state’s best producers of Texas-friendly grapes like tempranillo — introduced the Armadillo’s Leap label a few years ago as a way to experiment and have a little fun. Since then, it’s grown quickly: A tasting room on U.S. 290, on the road to Fredericksburg, went in business early last year, and now the newest location is throwing a grand opening celebration this weekend.
Located on Main Street in Fredericksburg, it will be another place where people can go to enjoy glasses of wine or pick up bottles to go.
And on Saturday, both locations of Armadillo’s Leap will have popcorn pairings, small bites and snacks to commemorate the arrival of the Main Street spot, which will also be where visitors can pick up bottles of the BFF Blend for 20 percent off and select merchandise for 10 percent off. Stop by either location from 12 to 5 p.m. to celebrate.
The BFF Blend is a blend of tempranillo, montepulciano and aglianico grapes, delivering notes of fig, chocolate and black tea in a medium body perfect for Texas cuisine like Tex-Mex and barbecue, according to the winery’s tasting notes about the red wine.
Armadillo’s Leap was started by the Osterberg-Kuhlken family, who wanted to give winemaker Dave Kuhlken an outlet for some of his winemaking ideas that didn’t involve tempranillo or viognier, Pedernales Cellars’ two specialties, and also wanted a more dedicated way to offer philanthropy to Central Texas nonprofits and organizations.
That’s the second function of Armadillo’s Leap: $1 of every case of wine sold in the tasting room goes to charity, a different one each year. Last year, the AL Gives program donated $2,000 to Westcave Preserve. This year, that money will benefit Ballet Austin.
Armadillo’s Leap is located at 6266 U.S. 290 and 134 E. Main Street in Fredericksburg. For more information, visit armadillosleap.com.