Slate Mill Wine Collective was evolved from a boutique, family operated, winery called 1851 Vineyards. The 1851 brand is a celebration of the unstoppable maverick spirit for which Texas is known. Produced by Director of Winemaking Tim Drake and the Slate Mill cellar team, this continues to be our featured in-house brand.
Winemaker and Sommelier Rae Wilson began her career working in the cellar with several of Texas’ top wineries before beginning her brand Knipp Cellars. While offering wine education and consultation, she realized the vast potential of the Texas terroir and began her education as a grape grower and winemaker. She resides in Austin and you can find more about her products at dandypink.com.
Winemaker Josh Fritsche began working in the Texas wine industry nearly a decade ago. Working his way through the ranks from cellar rat, assistant winemaker to winemaker he joined the Slate Mill winemaking team in April of 2019. His personal label Tatum Cellars, named for his daughter, was launched to extraordinary critical and consumer acclaim and continues to establish itself as a leader in the Texas wine industry.
Randy Hester, a Texas native, began his winemaking education studying in many of Napa Valleys’ finest facilities. His sister brand, Lightning Wines, is produced in Napa using California fruit while C.L. Butaud remains his sole Texas label grown and produced in Texas. The namesake C.L. Butaud pays homage to grandfather along with his retail friendly label ‘Papa Frenchie’.
The Seaton and the Furgeson families are a multi- generational farming family that together farm 7,000 acres of row crops and 4 vineyards with 112 acres of wine grapes within the Texas High Plains AVA. Though they first and foremost consider themselves growers, they produce wines of integrity from their family vineyards with the help of Slate Mill Wine Collective.
La Bonne Vie Ranch lies nestled on 200 acres of pristine Texas Hill Country beauty just a short drive from downtown Fredericksburg, TX. The unspoiled pastoral property features vineyards, a tranquil stream and majestic views. The Ranch blends the rustic environment with luxury facilities fit for a formal wedding or corporate retreat. The privacy and tranquil Hill Country setting perfected within this ecological sanctuary provides lavish entertaining for your guests and family.
Coming Soon! Located on the Lone Star state’s own ‘wine road’ Hwy 290, a 25 mile stretch of the nation’s 2nd most traveled wine region. We are eager to unveil a premier winery and estate vineyard in 2021 featuring a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Our spacious tasting room will delight wine enthusiasts of all levels and provide an inviting, relaxed atmosphere. You won’t want to miss a visit to our cellar caves for an unprecedented hill country tasting experience.
Opening in Spring of 2020, this tasting room sits in the middle of the urban oasis of San Antonio’s iconic Hemisfair Park. Serving 100% Texas grown wines, we are proud to bring the fruits of rural Texas agriculture to be enjoyed in an urban setting with your closest friends and family. Featuring six wines on tap and dozens of wines in bottle, prepare for a fabulous local wine education.