This visit to Sister Creek Vineyards was definitely unique simply because of its location. This winery is set in a Cotton Gin Factory from 1885. First of all, as you are driving down the road, don’t blink because otherwise, you may miss your stop. All that is there is the winery on one side of the road and the little General Store on the other (gotta check out the General Store – way cute!)
It is a very rustic setting and when you first walk in you smell it too…very OLD….almost musty. They have artifacts from that time period from the cotton gin which are kinda cool to look at. We think it would have been cool to construct a tasting bar to match the historical decor to replace the current folding tables covered with table clothes. Just a thought.
They have a unique touring experience set up which is self-guided. I have never seen one quite like this before. It was impressive that they had taken the time to offer some “inside scoop” and education for those that like that kinda thing like we do. This would be a good winery visit for a newbie to wine tasting as you can learn some of the very basics on this self-guided tour.
With regard to the wines, we were told by a person at a different winery that we should visit here because they are well known for their Muscat Canelli. And yes, it was good, but more interesting because they add a tiny bit of carbonation to give it just a little snap. Kinda tasty.
If you are a history buff, this place is for you. If you like Muscat Canelli, you should stop here and give it a taste. If you are a newbie and would find an educational tour valuable, put this on your trail. Otherwise, we would consider this winery only if you have spare time on your hands. Remember, that is just our opinion (but HEY, we bought three bottles!). We would love to hear your opinion, whether similar or different!
The Winer’s Experience
|AMBIANCE||GROUNDS & SCENERY||TASTING ROOM|
|Historic – 1885 Cotton Gin||Apart from the historic building, very limited and restrictive (not allowed to walk about). Quaint as the scenery is basically a two-building blink on a Texas road, Winery on one side and General Store (so CUTE!) on the other.||Historic, musty smell, but then I guess that is what you would expect from such an old building. Tasting bar was just two long card/party tables with a table cloth over them and that was it. A bit surprised that for a place that has been around since 1988, they hadn’t built a decent bar to match the grandeur of the historical structure.|
|WINE TASTING EXPERIENCE||CUSTOMER SERVICE||TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE|
|Average||Good||Our hostess simply told us about the medals that each wine had won, otherwise no technical knowledge of the wine or winery history to speak of.|
Vineyard & Winery Information
|Sister Creek Vineyards||1142 Sisterdale Highway, Sisterdale, TX 78006|
|MUSIC||WINE CLUB||TASTING FEE|
|Yes – Self Guided||No|