In the past, wineries have had the image of some vineyard in France, Italy or Northern California and snooty connoisseurs. However recently, wineries and vineyard have sprung up all over the world. Australia, Argentina, South Africa have all become major players in the wine industry.
To add to the growing industry, wine is also produced in all 50 states of the United States, making this country the 4th largest producer of wine in the world. The local wine movement has been gaining momentum and some say it has hit its stride recently. Even with all of the new wineries and vineyards being established in areas like Oklahoma and Texas, one winery stands out.
Having been established over 100 years ago, Homestead Winery is the oldest continually running winery in the Red River Valley. Instead of jumping on the bandwagon, it predated what has been labeled the “locapour” movement, which is a recent movement in which people buy wines that are grown and produced locally. It is much like the “Locavore” movement.
Homestead Winery started with the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes where wheat and corn used to be grown. Today, over 15 types of wine are grown and fermented at Homestead Wineries and there are 3 locations to sample and purchase the wines.
The red wines include the Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot as well as a few others. Chardonnay, White Rose and Moon Shadow are included in the White Wines. Homestead also has specialty wines like the Portejas, which is a 100% Zinfandel wine and the Ivanhoe Celebration, which is a sparkling wine with a good balance.
The Ivanhoe Celebration is only available at the Denison and Grapevine locations but would be well worth the trip.
Homestead Winery is located in Ivanhoe, Denison and of course, Grapevine.
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