We may be a couple of days away from the official start of spring, but Central Texas has decided to kick things off early. Our Hill Country winery is bustling with anticipation as the Texas vineyards prepare to awaken from dormancy.
We welcome this new season of growth with the release of our spring small-bite pairings. Carefully crafted by our in-house chef, these delightful accompaniments elevate and enhance the Heath Sparkling Wines tasting experience.
Blanc de Blancs + Lemon parfait with lemon curd, lemon whipped cream & vanilla wafers
Euphoria + Asian cucumber salad topped with shrimp
Ebullience + BLT wrap with chipotle aioli spread
Adoration + Strawberry caprese with balsamic, mint, strawberry & feta
Join us during your next getaway to Fredericksburg, Texas and experience our unique approach to sparkling wine. Wine club Members are invited to savor a glass of sparkling on the patio while gazing at never-ending Hill Country vineyard views. We welcome guests and first-time visitors to enjoy our current releases during a guided tasting.
Join us in celebrating the everyday and the extraordinary. We look forward to welcoming you to what we consider to be one of the best vineyards in Fredericksburg.
If you have visited either of our beautiful Hill Country wineries over the last few months, you may have noticed a few changes. From olive trees to the Heath Sparkling Wines Member patio, our piece of paradise in Fredericksburg, Texas continues to evolve.
A recent project nearing completion is our new Wine Club Pick Up Center. As we prepare for the facility to open, we are delighted to share more about the benefit to our Members along with frequently asked questions.
The Pick Up Center was created as a convenience for our Members. By utilizing this covered drive through, Members can enjoy the ease of having Wine Club allocations brought directly to their car. The option to purchase additional wine will be available as well. By moving Wine Club allocations to the Pick Up Center, we were able to repurpose the existing storage and packing areas in order to provide a better experience for our Members. We are thankful for your continued support and look forward to your next visit!
Where is the Wine Club Pick Up Center located?
The Wine Club Pick Up Center is located on the same property as Grape Creek Vineyards and Heath Sparkling Wines. The address is 10753 E. US Hwy 290 Fredericksburg, TX 78624. (Suite A for Grape Creek Vineyards; Suite B for Heath Sparkling Wines)
What are the Wine Club Pick Up Center’s hours of operation?
The Wine Club Pick Up Center will be open daily from 11 AM-5:30 PM. Please note that hours of operation are subject to change.
I am a Grape Creek and/or Heath Sparkling Wine Club Member, can I pick up my Wine Club allocations here?
Yes, Members who pick up may do so at the Wine Club Pick Up Center. Members who have selected to have their wines shipped can still purchase additional wine here. If you wish to change your allocation preference from “ship” to “pick up”, you can make this change within your Member portal. We request that changes to your membership are made at least 10 business days prior to the upcoming allocation month. Keep in mind, this change will apply to future allocations. For further assistance with your membership, contact us here for Grape Creek and here for Heath Sparkling.
How can I access the Wine Club Pick Up Center?
When you reach the parking lot, take a left turn and follow the road to the Wine Club Pick Up Center drive. There is no need to exit your vehicle; simply pull up to the door under the awning and a staff member will greet you.
I am a Member, can I purchase more wine in addition to my allocation?
Yes, you can! Please let our staff know which wine(s) you would like to purchase and they will assist.
Am I able to continue picking up my Wine Club allocations inside of the Grape Creek and/or Heath Sparkling tasting rooms?
We have retained some storage space for a limited number of Club allocations in the tasting rooms; however, the space is limited and we request that Members utilize the new Pick Up Center whenever possible.
May I continue to pick up Grape Creek and/or Owner’s Club Wine Club allocations at the Fredericksburg on Main and Georgetown on the Square tasting room locations?
Yes, Grape Creek and Owner’s Club allocations will continue to be available for pick up at the Fredericksburg on Main and Georgetown on the Square tasting rooms. Heath Sparkling Wines are only available for pick up at the Hwy 290 location in Fredericksburg.
I am not a Member, can I purchase wine at the Wine Club Pick Up Center?
Yes, guests may utilize the Wine Club Pick Up Center to purchase wine from the Grape Creek collection. Please note that wines from the Owner’s Club and Heath Sparkling collections are only available to Club Members.
As we enter the season of celebration, gathering around the table becomes the highlight of many festivities. From Fredericksburg, Texas to New York City and beyond, memories will be made as we close in on another year and reflect on all that we are thankful for.
Does the thought of creating a holiday menu and selecting accompanying libations feel overwhelming? Allow us to suggest recommendations for your Thanksgiving feast, featuring thoughtfully curated food and Texas wine pairings.
Our Hill Country vineyard has been in operation since 1983, giving us the opportunity to test plenty of delectable combinations. Leave the planning to us so that you can get back to what matters most – enjoying experiences and creating memorable moments with those you love. However you choose to celebrate, we hope it is an exceptional occasion.
Images (from left to right): 1. Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash recipe by Martha Stewart Living and image by Louise Hagger 2. Sage Butter Pumpkin Cheese Ravioli image/recipe by Half Baked Harvest3. Cabernet Cranberry Kumquat Sauce recipe by Tim Mondavi and image by Mikkel Vang for Bon Appetit
Fall has officially arrived in the Hill Country! As cooler weather moves in and the leaves begin to turn, it is the perfect time to plan a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas. The changing of seasons brings the opportunity to indulge in new flavors and we are delighted to announce the release of this year’s fall small bites menu!
Thoughtfully selected to complement and balance our Texas sparkling wines, these small bite offerings add a surprising twist to our wine tastings. Available exclusively during a Heath Sparkling Wines tasting experience, you won’t want to miss this during your next Fredericksburg wine tasting trip.
2018 Blanc de Blancs + grape cream cheese topped with fresh mint on a pecan cracker 2018 Euphoria + Brie cheese topped with cranberry jelly and rosemary on a cracker
2018 Ebullience + pumpkin mousse on a gingersnap cookie
2018 Adoration + blueberry reduction on goat cheese and a wheat cracker
Get lost in our sleek tasting room, situated amongst breathtaking Texas vineyard views yet conveniently located off of Highway 290. Members will soon have exclusive access to our new Wine Club patio while all new guests and returning visitors are welcome to partake in a tasting experience.
Escape to our artfully designed environment where you can explore and appreciate wine in a civilized oasis. Plan your visit and book your fall sparkling wine tasting here. We look forward to sharing our piece of paradise with you!
We are thrilled to share that our new Heath Sparkling Wines Member patio is nearing completion! This stunning expansion of our Hill Country oasis will soon be open to both Grape Creek and Heath Sparkling Wine Club Members.
In preparation for the patio’s debut, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding this new space. Be sure to follow along here for progress updates and more details. We look forward to welcoming our Members to the new patio this fall!
Where is the new patio located?
The new patio is adjacent to the Heath Sparkling Wines tasting room, located at 10591 E. US Hwy 290 Fredericksburg, TX 78624.
I am a Heath Sparkling Wines and/or Grape Creek Vineyards Member, will I receive a complimentary glass of Heath Sparkling when I visit?
Yes, Heath Sparkling and Grape Creek Wine Club Members will receive up to two complimentary glasses of either Heath Sparkling wine or Grape Creek wine on Member visits to Heath Sparkling or Grape Creek Vineyards on Hwy 290*. Only Grape Creek wines will be offered for the complimentary glass at our Fredericksburg on Main and Georgetown on the Square tasting room locations. (*Glass not included, max one per person, max two per week per membership)
I am a Grape Creek Member, can I enjoy the new Heath Sparkling patio?
Yes, both Members of Grape Creek Vineyards and Heath Sparkling Wines will have access to the Heath Sparkling patio.
I am a Heath Sparkling Wines and/or Grape Creek Vineyards Member, how many guests may I bring?
We can accommodate groups of up to six people. Our Members are welcome to bring up to five guests.
Can I purchase by the glass or a bottle?
Heath Sparkling Wines and Grape Creek Vineyards Wine Club Members may purchase wine by the glass or bottle to enjoy when seated on the Heath Sparkling Wines Member patio. Wine selections from both Heath Sparkling and Grape Creek will be available.
Do you serve food?
Yes, we have partnered with Stout’s Signature at Grape Creek to offer a small bites menu.
Do you offer reservations?
We do accept reservations and encourage them, particularly for weekend visits. Once the patio has opened, reservations will be available online using your Member login. Walk-ins are welcome, subject to availability. Heath Sparkling Members can make reservations through the Heath Sparkling website and Grape Creek Members can make reservations through the Grape Creek website.
Do I have to be a Member to enjoy the patio?
All seating is reserved for Members of Heath Sparkling Wines or Grape Creek Vineyards and their guests. The Member must be present and may bring up to five guests with them for a group size no larger than six people.
Can I bring my dog?
Pets are not allowed on property. We will allow ADA service animals. Please note that the ADA does not recognize emotional support animals as a service animal.
Can I bring my children?
Children, including infants, are not allowed on property. We require that everyone visiting is 21+.
Is the existing Heath Sparkling Wines veranda still available to Members?
Yes, the existing veranda will have seating that will now be combined with the new patio seating and accessed the same way as described above.
What are my options if I am not a Member?
We welcome new visitors and returning guests to enjoy a Heath Sparkling Wines tasting experience. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made here.
You also have the option to join the Club prior to your visit. Learn more about the Heath Sparkling Club.
Almost as intriguing as our Texas sparkling wines are our delectable small bite pairings. A unique treat for guests when enjoying wine tastings, these seasonal delights pair perfectly with each of our wines. Carefully crafted by our in-house chef to complement the clean crispness of our wine, Heath Sparkling Wines offers a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience.
The Heath Sparkling team enjoys seeing which pairings tend to stand out the most each season. While it was a close call, many of our guests have been particularly fond of the red pepper goat cheese spread. Topped with fresh mint and served on a cracker alongside Heath Sparkling Wines Ebullience, even guests who do not typically enjoy goat cheese have been pleasantly surprised.
With summer quickly coming to a close, we find ourselves craving the combination of our twist on a red pepper spread with a crisp glass of Ebullience. Unique and intriguing, Ebullience is an old-world style ramato crafted from Pinot Grigio. An alluring copper color, it features aromas of grapefruit and peach laced with notes of wild honey.
We invite you to recreate this experience using our recipe, shared below, and would love to see how you enjoy Heath Sparkling Wines at home. Follow along to share your experience and to stay up to date with us, including details on our latest releases and new member patio.
Our newest small bite pairings will debut later this fall. We invite you to plan your next Hill Country winery experience in Fredericksburg, Texas by booking a sparkling wine tasting reservation. We look forward to welcoming you to our artfully designed environment where you can explore wine in a civilized oasis. Until then, cheers!
Red Pepper Goat Cheese Spread
-8 oz goat cheese
-3-6 oz Stonewall Kitchen Red Pepper Jelly
Place 8 ounces of goat cheese and 3-6 ounces (depending on taste) of red pepper jelly in a mixing bowl.
Mix together. We suggest mixing by hand as this will make cleanup much quicker.
Once mixed, enjoy immediately or refrigerate.
We recommend spreading across your favorite buttery cracker or a celery stick and topping with a mint leaf for a fresh and dynamic flavor profile.
*Chef’s Tip: Let the goat cheese sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before mixing in order to shorten the mixing time.
Summer has arrived and so have our newest small bite pairings! As the weather heats up, chilled sparkling wine is often on our mind. While many may associate classic red or white wines with food pairings, we find that thoughtful sparkling wine and food pairings can bring out an array of flavors.
Our in-house chef has crafted these perfect pairings for visitors to enjoy alongside a flight of our Texas sparkling wines. Light and refreshing, these well-balanced bites serve as an enticing complement to our distinctive collection of Heath Sparkling Wines.
2017 Blanc de Blancs + caprese
2018 Euphoria + Brie cheese topped with peach chutney and fresh basil on a peppered cracker
2017 Ebullience + red pepper goat cheese topped with fresh mint on a cracker
2018 Adoration + a wheat cracker topped with ricotta cheese, fresh strawberries and almonds
The next time you visit Fredericksburg, Texas we invite you to join us at our one-of-a-kind Hill Country winery. From our modern tasting room to endless vineyard views, visitors will enjoy an exceptional experience from start to finish.
Escape the ordinary and immerse yourself in our rejuvenating oasis. Plan your visit and reserve your summer wine tasting here. Whether you are a first-time guest or returning wine club member, we look forward to your visit. Cheers!
It is no surprise that Adoration has become a favorite of many at Heath Sparkling Wines. With its gorgeous rose gold hue, this sparkling is nearly as enticing to look at as it is to drink. Featuring notes of cranberry, raspberry, wild strawberry and rose, Adoration presents a clean and silky finish.
Now on our fourth vintage, Adoration continues to evolve. What started as a Texas sparkling wine made from 100% Pinot Noir, the current 2018 vintage is delicately crafted from 88% Pinot Noir and 12% Chardonnay.
Our collection of Texas wine has grown in popularity not only here in the Hill Country, but throughout the nation as well. The 2017 Adoration was submitted to the 2021 Monterey International Wine Competition and earned a 90 Point Gold recognition, along with being named the “Best Sparkling Rosé”.
Click here to read more about the Monterey International Wine Competition and the 20 medals received between Heath Sparkling Wines and Grape Creek Vineyards.
As we approach the summer months and find ourselves soaking up the last of spring, we are happy to share the recipe for our Adoration spring pairing. Seasonal small bites are thoughtfully curated by our in-house chef as a complement to each sparkling wine. Plan your visit here by scheduling a unique wine tasting experience at our state-of-the-art hill country winery.
Stay tuned for our summer pairings, coming soon!
Join us as we raise a glass in celebration of the best Texas rosé. Cheers!
Strawberry Goat Cheese Spread
8 oz of goat cheese
3-6 oz of strawberry preserves
Using a blender or mixer, blend 8 ounces of goat cheese and 3-6 ounces of strawberry preserves (depending on taste). We suggest mixing in intervals as this allows the goat cheese to separate and mix at a more consistent rate.
Once blended, enjoy immediately or chill and serve later.
Spread on a fresh bagel or croissant and enjoy with a glass of Heath Sparkling Adoration.
We are excited to announce the construction of the new Heath Sparkling Wines Member Patio!
At Grape Creek and Heath Sparkling, our philosophy is simple: We are a wine club winery, focused on our member benefits and a rejuvenating experience; with this in mind, we hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to our wines and service at all our properties. Part of that focus shines through our commitment to developing new offers (like the Owner’s Clubs, featuring estate-grown grapes from our Texas Hill Country and Paso Robles vineyards) and facility enhancements like the member patio, restaurant, and the member weekend entrance.
The new Heath Sparkling patio is in line with our Members-focused approach. The setting is directly adjacent to our Heath Sparkling tasting room with the entrance by the fountain. The use of modern architecture is designed to complement our existing structure, seamlessly blending into the vineyard environment just a few feet from the patio and integrating the existing porch seating into the design. And, like the Grape Creek patios, members of any of our clubs can enjoy the new facility.
We will offer Heath Sparkling and Grape Creek wines, along with a “small bites” menu, all served tableside. We plan to launch reservations for patio seating at Grape Creek and, once completed, for the new Heath Sparkling patio. As we mentioned in a recent blog, the changes and growth we experienced last year are informing our long-term planning as well. Our members have enjoyed the changes and have been effusive with their feedback, and we have listened.
The targeted opening is scheduled for Fall of this year, with groundbreaking in March. We look forward to seeing you all there!
A lot has happened over the last few months at Grape Creek Vineyards and Heath Sparkling Wines, so we wanted to share an update on where we are and where we are going.
Covid forced a lot of change for all of us, individually and collectively. Our businesses were no exception. Parts of our operations were considered essential (winemaking, vineyards and warehouse/shipping) and other parts were subject to restaurant and/or bar rules. We worked diligently to be open and serving our members and guests whenever and wherever we could do it safely and within the law.
A Focus on Members
While many governmental restrictions were onerous, and some made little sense, we learned and adapted. In fact, many of the changes we might have tackled without facing limited options, but some we may not have. What we learned is many resulted in a better customer experience. Limited resources also meant even more focus on our members. While some members had to wait for a table (usually just on Saturday afternoons), most said they preferred it because once seated it was a nicer experience. Overall, we have had a lot of positive feedback regarding the changes and some past members rejoined due to the shifts in our approach.
Here are some adjustments we made and intend to keep:
Expanded table service for wine and food at all seating locations in member areas and the restaurant
Creation of a small bites menu available on the wine club patio, in addition to continuing full menu availability at the restaurant
Wine by the glass and small bites on the porch at Heath Sparkling for Heath Sparkling Wines members
Maître D assistance and coordination for a more personal tasting experience for new guests
21+ only at all locations (this includes no infants as well)
ADA service animals only
All patio and restaurant seating dedicated to members only on Saturday and Sunday
As you can see, when we reopened in May, we made sure we applied our covid-restricted resources and occupancy toward our members.
So, what’s next?
We have extended our weekend member-only seating (patios, restaurant and lounge) to all day, every day and at all locations (where seating is available).
Stout’s Trattoria is expanding their kitchen space and equipment in early 2021 to enhance capabilities.
Due to high demand, only Grape Creek and Heath Sparkling members have access to purchase Heath Sparkling Wine.
Perhaps the biggest news, we are planning to break ground on a beautiful, new member patio at Heath Sparkling Wines in early 2021. Like our Grape Creek patios, we will offer reciprocal access to members of both wineries and we will serve both Grape Creek and Heath Sparkling wines on the new patio, with plans for a small bite menu, too!
Our members have been the energy and drive behind our growth over the years, and we want to return the favor and say thank you! Grape Creek and Heath Sparkling are truly “Wine Club Wineries”!
Everyone in our family are big Disneyland fans. Brian has been accused of being a little over the top in planning for maximum efficiency to achieve ride wait-time reduction and fastpass acquisition! Through all our visits, we also learned the experience at Disney was different on a Wednesday in early December than a July 4th Saturday. Neither is a bad experience (it’s Disneyland after all), but the experiences are different. The latter usually involves longer waits and more people in the park, which for some feels festive and for others a little crowded.
Our wineries are similar. The experience is different based on when you come. We do everything we can to make your experience wonderful, regardless of the day or season you visit. However, if you have the flexibility to visit during the week versus a weekend, or visit in January or September, as opposed to, March or October, you will find a little more elbow room and usually not much of a wait for anything. And of course, you can pick up your Grape Creek or Heath Sparkling wine allocations any day of the week.
As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our members experience, we are installing a new software system with increased capabilities. This will allow us to consider a more robust reservation approach, including member patio and restaurant seating, for our busy days. We will keep you posted on this possibility.
We welcome new guests and return visitors to participate in a sparkling wine tasting. Reserve your tasting experience and plan your visit. We look forward to serving you.
How are Grape Creek and Heath Sparkling doing with all the shutdowns and limitations?
We get this question a lot, and the answer is we are doing surprisingly well. The support of our members and efforts of our staff have been absolutely amazing and we are very grateful.
We have experienced a couple of very positive, unanticipated outcomes. First, our member retention rate has been substantially higher than our normal level, which is already quite good. Secondly, our limited number of new guests are signing up for our wine club at a significantly higher percentage than prior to the shutdowns. We can’t fully explain these positive shifts, but we are very happy about them!
Due to our members ongoing commitment and loyalty, we have the resources to expand what we can offer and continue to improve your experience.
Thank you and we hope to see you soon at Grape Creek Vineyards and Heath Sparkling Wines!