Changing planes at Dallas-Fort Worth? Go to Grapevine

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© Bingham Family Vineyards

Napa Valley and California might be indelibly marked in your brain as wine growing areas. Texas may be categorised in your brain as a place for cattle ranching, rodeos, ten gallon hats and oil.

But Texas is also a wine producer; the fifth largest wine producing state in the US.

The aptly named Grapevine (the nearest town to Dallas-Fort-Worth airport) is home to the premier Urban Wine Trail in Texas, as well as the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association and GrapeFest®, the largest wine festival in the Southwest, held annually in September.

In April, for example, you can taste your way along the Grapevine wine trail during the Blessing of the Vines and New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail but there are events going on throughout the year even when the vines are at their most uninteresting!

For some people like Cliff Bingham and his family who have been farmers for generations, diversification led, initially, to growing cotton and peanuts and then – fourteen years ago – he planted his first grape vines.  Not being the quickest cop to farm it wasn’t until 2015 that the Bingham Family Vineyards opened to the public and now 200 acres are planted with vines.

One of the earliest vineyards was the Delaney Vineyards & Winery which opened in 1995 and is, today, the largest vineyard in north Texas. The 8,000 square foot winery is reminiscent of an 18th century French chateau and nestles among 10 acres of lush grapevines.

Another early winery was Homestead Winery which opened in 1998 but the attraction for visitors here is that the one hundred year old Victorian home is just a block away from Grapevine’s Historic Main Street.

If you did nothing but walk up this one street, you would have a wide introduction to the local wineries because you’ll also find Grape Vine Springs Winery which features 32 different wines and an opportunity to make your own wine. A bit further along you’ll come across Umbra Winery which has honed its wines since they first started over twenty years ago and which today has a dozen different wines for you to sample and you’ll find a few more as you walk along.

I mention Grapevine because I have flown through Dallas-Fort Worth over a dozen times in the last twenty years and I have never visited the wine districts or walked down Main Street. I will do because quite often you have to wait more than a few hours for a connection. Take advantage of that, nip out for an hour or two and sample the wines of Texas

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