About

The Westcave Cellars story is the great love story of Texas Hill Country Wineries. It is the embodiment of the love of two people who share an appreciation of hard work and the enjoyment of fine wine. It is also a space to share with the community the love of viticulture.

Westcave Cellars Winery and Brewery is an invitation to share in the experience and the love of wine, one taste at a time.

From the very beginning of our marriage, we took pleasure in tending our garden together and sharing the fruits of their labor with each other, as well as with their friends and family. Over time, this hobby paved the way to embracing our true calling- growing and tending our own vineyard.

The Westcave Cellars Winery & Brewery family

Once we felt confident in our growing methods, and our ability to optimize the potential of the land, we began searching the winding roads of the Texas Hill Country for the perfect site to grow our vines. In 1997, we found the ideal location to realize our dream, just a stone’s throw from Westcave Preserve and Hamilton Pool Preserve. In 1999 we planted our first 3 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines.

After supplying local winemakers with grapes for a few years, we began crafting our own unique wine, made in the old-world style and strongly influenced by the French traditions. The vineyard has expanded to 9 acres of matured vines, lovingly tended to by hand. These 8,000 vines include 9 different varieties of grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Tannat, Malbec, Vermentino, and Viognier.

The Westcave Cellars Winery opened its doors in 2011, creating a community space to soothe the soul and engage the senses.

The first Westcave Cellars tasting room opened Mother’s Day weekend 2011. It boasted a quaint tasting room, a wine shop, and a stunning outdoor space that overlooked the manicured vineyards. Guests experienced 100% Texas wines with a French influence. Musicians often performed on Sunday to the enjoyment of visitors.

In the fall of 2019, Westcave Cellars Winery expanded to brewing 100% Texas beer with the help of brewmeister Patrick Vanderwilt. Vanderwilt grew hops at his Sisterdale, Texas, ranch. Many other ingredients, including spring water, yeast, and pecans, were also harvested from his Hill Country property.

The Fettys sold the Hamilton Pool Road location and moved Westcave Cellars Winery & Brewery to Johnson City, near Hye, Texas, in January 2020.

The new location boasts a modern tasting room, brewery, and a state-of-the-art winery. For the first time ever, all equipment, wine, and case goods are together on one site. One thing has not changed, though—guests still enjoy analyzing the rich aromas and delicious flavor profiles of 100% Texas wine and beer through the tastings led by our knowledgeable and hospitable staff.

Allan with the dogs at the Westcave Cellars Winery vinyard

 

We welcome you to come share the love – the love of the natural beauty of Central Texas, the love of community, and the love of wine. For Hill Country Wine Tours and tasting opportunities, the Westcave Cellars Winery and Brewery family looks forward to your visit.

The Westcave Family

 

Whitney Clement – Tasting Room Manager

My background has been in the restaurant business as a manger and in the Internal Audit Department. I love wine and food and have always been interested in learning more about wine. I felt the best way to learn would to be in a winery environment, which encouraged me to get a job at a different winery and I managed it for a number of years until moving back to the corporate world.

While I enjoyed the corporate life, the wine life was more appealing! I joined the Westcave Family part time in March of 2020 and decided to make the leap to full time in June of 2020.

I am a graduate of Texas A&M University and enjoy cooking (also eating), gardening and reading.

 

Diana St. Charles – Wine Club Manager

I moved to the Hill Country about 9 years ago after retiring from the Banking industry and hoped to build a new life within this community. I found myself visiting all the local wineries and decided to learn more about wine.

The best part of learning about wine is tasting numerous wines from around the world.  The best education was joining wine tasting groups in Austin and Fredericksburg, sharing conversations with my fellow wine nerds.  I eventually decided to enter the industry as a wine educator and had the pleasure to work for several wonderful Texas Hill Country wineries. They opened my eyes to production and all the important aspects of running a business.

I recently joined the Westcave Cellars team as the new Wine Club Manager. It’s actually a dream come true, since I can now learn hands on about full production at a small, family-owned, boutique winery.  In addition to completing my WSET Level One Certification and International Wine Guild Level 1 Certification, this experience will certainly benefit all our guests.

My passion for wine is always evolving….. still so much to learn! Cheers!

 


Jeremy Wilson — Hospitality Director

I first fell in love with wine over a Magnum of 1980’s Bordeaux in 2003. It was then that I realized how beautiful and romantic wine could be. Fast forward a decade later and the decision was made to go all -in, making the Texas Wine Industry my career in 2013. 

Hospitality and Customer Service are what I love the most about being involved in Texas wine. Spending time with guests chatting about wine (and food) is just the BEST! My goal is to not only share my love for Westcave Cellars wines, but to help move the Texas Wine Industry forward in positive ways. 

I write a quarterly wine column for Texas Hill Country Magazine.

Favorite Westcave Cellars Wine: High Plains Merlot

Cabo and Tristan

Cabo and Tristan are the resident mini-Schnauzers. Known as the “Doorbells,” their main job is to alert the family when guests arrive. Cabo and Tristan are also avid hunters, protecting the grapes from animal damage.

The dogs Cabo and Tristan alert when guests arrive to the Westcave Cellars Winery

 

 

Westcave Cellars in the News

American Winery Guide – “This is a place I would return to, and bring friends. If there was a concert opportunity on a cool afternoon or evening, it would be ideal, with a picnic basket and a bottle (or several) of the Westcave wines.” Read it here!

Texas Wine Journal – Out of 26 different wines from across the State of Texas, Westcave Cellars’ Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 was in the Top 5 Rated Cabernet Sauvignons. See it here!

Texas Wine & Trail Magazine – “These days Texas wineries strive to use as much Texas fruit as possible. Few can achieve this considering the recent struggles last year. Westcave Cellars prides themselves on their ability to remain 100% Texas with a strong reliance on their estate vines.” Read the full review here.

Texas Wine Geek – “The Tannat adds this wonderful depth to the Cab – as well as rich color – and I am SO EAGER to taste this again when Allan releases it.” Read the full review here.

Texas Wine Lover – Several reviews of Westcave Cellar wines and events. Be sure to check them all out here.

Ariauber on Instagram –  “Here’s another winery that makes its own beer, on a very small scale. Choose a beer flight or a wine flight – you can’t go wrong.” Check out her awesome page HERE.

Texas Bite & Sip- Read the full Review.