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 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.
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.
Now located in Johnson City near Hye, Texas, our winery features a tasting room, a wine shop, and a stunning outdoor space that overlooks the manicured vineyards. Bring a picnic and enjoy live music on Sundays from 2-5pm under the glorious old oak trees.
Guests are invited to experience these fine 100% Texas wines on-site as well as remotely by participating in the celebrated Westcave Cellars wine club. This adventure in viticulture offers a variety of styles designed to please the palate and enliven the imagination. Visitors enjoy analyzing the rich aromas and delicious flavor profile of each glass of wine through the wine tastings held in the winery, led by our knowledgeable and hospitable staff.
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
Wine Club Manager
Jennifer and her husband Matt have lived in the Austin area since 2007. Jennifer grew up in north Dallas and went to college at Texas A&M University (whoop!) Yes, she is an Aggie, but she loves all her Longhorn friends! She was a high school English teacher at Del Valle for three years, and worked in real estate after leaving teaching.
Jennifer and Matt have two children: Brewer, 5 and Cameron, 3; two dogs, Louie and Sadie; and a cat named T.
Some of Jennifer’s interests include teaching, talking with new people, and wine. She is thrilled and proud to be working in the Texas Hill Country wine industry. Jennifer is looking forward to meeting all the new and old friends of Westcave in her position as Wine Club Manager.
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.
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 Lovers – Several reviews of Westcave Cellar wines and events. Be sure to check them all out here.