We recently were fortunate to explore the Hill Country at Slate Mill Wine Collective. With a history as rich as its wines, this winery emerges on The William’s list of Hill Country Wineries Not to Miss. Located just South of Fredericksburg Texas, Slate Mill Wine Collective sits perfectly on an estate to be rivaled, with production and storage facilities, so expansive, that only a personal tour can reveal its greatness. This collective is unique in its desire to help wine enthusiasts using their custom crush facility for smaller wine production. They are also helping budding wineries by offering the assistance of their experts. Slate Mill Collective believes these smaller brands represent the pioneering spirit of the Texas wine industry, and feature their products both in the tasting room and wine club for further exposure. Truer altruism couldn’t be more evident than the Jones’ mission to raise all boats with their rising tide.
Slate Mill Wine Collective was evolved from a boutique, family operated, winery called 1851 Vineyards. This vineyard was chosen because of the 1851 brand being a celebration of the unstoppable maverick spirit for which Texas is known. Produced by Winemaker, Joshua Fritsche and the Slate Mill cellar team, this continues to be their proudly featured in-house brand, and I personally recommend the fall pine flavor of their 1851 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. The tasting room is giant, with a covered and heated outdoor area, so the seating capacity only being 50% feels very safe. The tasting room and patio are open Thursday-Saturday: 11-6pm and Sunday-Monday: 12-5pm for general seated tastings (no reservation required), as well as Production Tours. We were given the full tour with Cody Jones, who lead us through barrel tastings as well as the future excitement around the psychology themed wines of Slate Theory Winery. Opening in 2021, Slate Theory Winery will provide cellar cave tours, as well as access to a spacious wine tasting space for wine enthusiasts of all tasting levels.
Another exciting surprise was the French Cajun cuisine Boudreauxs Cajun Kitchen Food Truck. This is all on site, as well as the availability of charcuterie and cheeses for purchase. No reservation required for general tastings, and seating is available on a first come first serve basis, but, being the luxury brand we are, we encourage you to have us reserve a tasting for you and your guests. With a personal reservation, we are happy to request a meeting with Mr. Jones who is always happy to visit with his happy customers when available. His personal winery tours are loaded with heartwarming and funny stories from the man who proudly owns it. Personal tours of the production facility and cellar are $25 per guest, by reservation only, so let us do the leg work for you.