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“Really a Hill Country Gem!”

Bending Branch Winery
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Comfort
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texas
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35 reviews
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“Really a Hill Country Gem!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Really outstanding wine, nice staff, great musician, Stephen Morris. This is right outside Comfort and rivals Napa in California. Have purchased wine by the glass and by the bottle it was so good. They, also, have a great selection of gourmet food and gifts, which I purchased, too! Definitely, a day trip from San Antonio or Fredericksburg. Have visited the store in Comfort and the winery.

Visited March 2014
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Bulverde, Texas
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“OUTSTANDING ORGANIC WINERY”
Reviewed October 30, 2013

The Bending Branch Winery is an organic winery located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. The winery's commitment to organic growing, minimal impact on the environment, recycling, green business and education is outstanding in its own right. Couple that with the production of award winning wines and you have a true gem of Texas.

Visited October 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“The Premier Winery in Texas”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Although a relatively new winery, in my opinion Bending Branch Winery is the premier winery in Texas. Located on a beautiful patch of land just outside of Comfort, Bending Branch winery is making some of the best wines in Texas. The tasting room at the winery is open Thursday through Sunday. (They also have a new tasting room on High Street in Comfort.)

Dr. Bob Young and his son-in-law John Rivenbaugh have teamed up to show that, although difficult, it is possible to produce great wines in Texas. Their concept departs from the model used by most wineries in the Hill Country of simply providing grape varietals that people are familiar with from California regardless of their suitability to Texas.

While other wineries are cranking out Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and sweet reds, Bending Branch has had a longstanding program to find noble grape varieties that are best suited to Texas soils and climate. This has lead to their signature Tannat and Picpuol Blanc wines. Bending Branch was the first Winery in Texas to produce Tannat wines in quantity. Other great wines include Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. Look for some great red wines from grapes that you are not familiar with such as wine made from the Souzau grape from Portugal.

If you take wine seriously and have been less than impressed with Texas wines in the past, this is a winery that you should go out of your way to visit. Given the dedication of the owners to making quality wines, the wines at Bending Branch will only get better.

Visited October 2013
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Austin, TX
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“You Will NOT Be Disappointed”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Who outside of, perhaps, the Central Texas area has ever heard of the small town of Comfort, TX?

However, you're very likely going to start hearing a lot more about it, if for no other reason than Bending Branch Winery is located just west of town (with a new [October 2013] tasting room "downtown"; the original tasting room is also open at the winery, located about three miles SW of Comfort just off Hwy 27 SW.

(Comfort's downtown, although only a few blocks long, is in itself charming and also well worth the visit.)

Bending Branch is gaining lots of attention for its fantastic wines, including a recent (and rare) Double Gold award granted for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Newsom Vineyards, Texas High Plains AVA) at the 2013 San Francisco Wine Competition. Folks, that a double gold awarded to a Cabernet Sauvignon from Texas in the very heartland of California "Cab Country". Quite an accomplishment.

Bending Branch's other wines are equally worthy, including their line of several Tannats, Picpoul (if available, be sure to try their Picpoul aged in bourbon barrels - truly unique), Petite Syrah, the Chloe blend, and others. Some grapes come from the Paso Robles area in Calfornia, while most wines are made from grapes grown either on the estate or contracted from commercial growers in the State of Texas (like Newsom, which grew the grapes for the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon).

The property itself is charming and the tasting room is very friendly (you ARE in the middle of Texas!). Lots of people are wandering up I-10 from San Antonio or working their way along the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail from Fredericksburg through Kerrville to find Bending Branch, so be sure to seek out this winery in your travels through Central Texas. You WILL NOT be sorry and, if you're not already familiar with quality Texas wines, probably very pleasantly surprised!

(It should also be noted that Bending Branch makes its wines using sustainable agricultural practices, so while making great wines, they're also being excellent stewards of the land.)

Visited October 2013
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Comfort, Texas
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“Fabulous Wine in Tiny Comfort”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Pulling in between two brick pillars, one sees a small stone tasting room with a lovely outdoor deck space. The tasting room overlooks a small valley property outside Comfort, TX, a tiny unincorporated town near San Antonio. The winery is certified totally organic due to Dr. Bob Young's and John Rivenbaugh's meticulous attention to every detail of making wine. They have fashioned some delicious wines not usually found in Texas - Picpoul Blanc and Tannat. Other wines include a refreshing white, Comfortage, Cabernet and my personal favorite, Petit Syrah as well as a unique Port. The tasting room staff are knowledgeable and kind to novice wine drinkers and to wine aficionados. The owners are often on site - Dr. Bob and Brenda Young - he is a wine maker, and she is the creative director. Their daughter, Ally, and her husband, John are also involved. Chloe and Jackson are the beloved grandkids who zip in, out and about the property.
Bending Branch hosts many musical concerts and special events such as Derby Day and a tennis benefit for the local Boys and Girls Club.
Drive outside Comfort a few miles to enjoy their delicious wines. One can also stop on High Street at The Branch on High for a tasting! Enjoy their wine and enjoy your time in Comfort, a bit of heaven in the Hill Country!

Visited June 2013
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