From “America the Beautiful: Unspoiled Wine Regions Worth the Trek” by Robin Barr Sussmann (Prime Living, July/August 2012).
About 30 minutes from downtown Austin, Texas meets Tuscany at the Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood, a growing wine region in the vast Texas wine country. This astonishing endeavor owned by Drs. Lisa and Stan Duchman encompasses a full production winery, tasting room, gardens and enclosed verandas for private events. Vistas of rolling hills laced with vineyards offer an idyllic backdrop for learning about Texasmade Italian varietals. Sure, there are many notable wineries in other Texas regions such as pioneer Becker in Stonewall, stellar McPherson Cellars near Lubbock, and solid Messina Hof in Bryan, but Duchman wines also are gaining recognition and awards. One winner is its vermentino, a crisp floral white wine with plenty of acidity. Winemaker Dave Reilly crafts at least eight other varietals including dolcetto, sangiovese and pinot grigio, available to sample in the lofty, limestone-paved tasting room. Bring a picnic and perch at tables in the garden overlooking the vineyard.
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