The Westcave Cellars Story
Since early in our marriage, we’ve always had a vegetable garden. We loved tilling, planting, weeding, and watering. The work outdoors restored our spirits after a long day of working in an office and staring at a computer. We often sat on our porch with a glass of wine afterwards, enjoying the fact that we were making something. When the vegetable harvest started, our joy peaked when we were able to prepare a meal with the food we grew. Moreover, choosing the wine and sharing the feast with family and friends gave us great satisfaction.
After multiple trips to the California wine country, we became interested in growing grapes. It wasn’t long before we started a test plot of 30 vines behind the house in our neighborhood. It took hours of exhausting work to chisel out rocks for the fence posts, trellis system, and vines, but we loved the challenges. Each day we made a little progress and toasted our success with a glass of wine. We eventually mastered the terrain and succeeded in building that small vineyard.
Little did we know that the test plot was the beginning of a new lifestyle. We began taking weekend drives into the Texas Hill Country with a 45-page book of maps that showed all the back country roads. It was often just the snakes and us on miles of dirt roads. It took two years of searching, but we finally found the perfect site in 1997. In 1999 we broke ground on the project of our dreams by planting three acres of cabernet vines. We did the work by ourselves, with the help of supportive family and friends.
After three years, we began selling the cabernet grapes to local wineries. Our dream was taking shape. Again, we toasted our success with each other and a glass of wine.
We continued to build and grow over the next eight years. The vineyard is now nearly eight acres. We expanded in 2010 to build our own winery—Westcave Cellars. We still lovingly tend each vine by hand. And at the end of each day, we have a glass of wine and enjoy the beauty and satisfaction of our hard work. So when asked about “our story,” we say it’s a love story—a love of hard work, a love of taking time to enjoy what we make, and a love of wine.