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“Nice wines, nice folks, expensive but bland architecture.”

Duchman Family Winery
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$54.13*
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Austin's Salt Lick and Winery Shuttle
Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Driftwood
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Owner description: The Duchman Family Winery was founded in 2004 by Drs. Lisa and Stan Duchman in a quest to bring world-class winemaking to Central Texas and the Texas Hill Country. Their love of the unique Italian grape varieties as well as similar weather patterns to Texas inspired them to work with viticultural consultant Bobby Cox and growers in the Texas High Planes AVA to produce grapes that would allow their winemakers, Dave Reilly and Mark Penna, to experiment with making wines like Vermentino, Sangiovese, and Dolcetto.The winery continues to source the majority of its fruit from the Texas High Plains AVA, where cooler temperatures and a more “continental” climate are ideal for the production of fine wine made from Italian grape varieties. As the winery grows, the Duchmans remain committed to their goal to produce food-friendly fine wine in Central Texas using Texas-grown fruit exclusively. With an eye on the future, Duchman Family Winery continues to develop innovative winemaking and grape growing techniques in order to provide wine that truly reflects a taste of Texas for years to come.Duchman Family Winery remains one of the top wine destinations in Texas. All of the winery’s current releases can be sampled and purchased at the winery’s tasting room and the estate’s beautiful Italianate villa and grounds are open to visitors who can enjoy their wines with a picnic lunch! We have picnic tables outdoors in the shade of the oaks, or pick a cozy spot inside the winery hallway with a windowed view into the barrel room, fermentation tank, or production area for bottling and labeling of our wines.
Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here on a birthday tour of Hill Country wineries.

Wines were nice, I liked that they had three distinctive Sangiovese rather than blending them all.

Staff was very attentive and warm. Nice conversation.

Bought three bottles, all priced higher than they really deserve to be, but since they are exclusive to purchase at the winery...

Thank Antony K
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"trattoria lisina"
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"restaurant next door"
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"italian style"
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"picnic tables"
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"wine tasting"
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"dry reds"
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"large group"
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"great wine"
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"hill country"
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Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

The wines at Duchman are European in style. That means one moscato or sweet wine only, all the rest are dry (which we like). Reasonably priced, a bit high for Texas, but still less than CA or OR wines of equal quality. The tasting fee is a bit high but not exorbitant, cpuld waive the fees with purchases as many others do. Both staffers were aloof and not too knowledgeable. What made up for it was the excellent wine... many choices of some of the best TX has to offer.

Thank JoMKess
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

This is a beautiful vineyard and winery. The tasting room is large with a good selection of wines to choose from. You build your own flights for a reasonable price. Staff is knowledgeable, but somewhat reserved, so you will have to engage in dialog with them. The winery operation can be viewed through large windows, so no need to schedule a tour unless you want. We are told the Italian restaurant on the property is good, but it wasn't open for lunch so we couldn't try it.

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

This winery is a little more commercial than you expect in Texas. When you walk into the tasting room it's very impersonal. At $10 the tasting is also one of the most expensive. The wines are okay, but they don't blow you away. They are different from most other Texas wines, and while that makes them unique for this area, that doesn't make them wonderful. You may find some that are agreeable to your palate, however their bottles are pricier as well. They do have a nice outdoor seating area where you can enjoy a glass.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Don't bother with this winery if you don't care for European wines; which we don't. Very difficult to get to and the most expensive tasting of all the wineries we sampled.

Thank RedSooner
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