Seemingly overnight, Burnet County and the Highland Lakes region appears to be on the cusp of becoming a more significant player in the burgeoning Texas wine scene.
Days after details surfaced about plans for construction of a hoped-for transforming winery on Burnet’s historic downtown square, a groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday at another such facility a few miles west of Burnet just south of TX 29 in the hills overlooking Inks Lake.
Also, just over those hills, retired San Antonio city councilman and oil executive Reed Williams is moving ahead with development of his 56-acre Hoover Valley Vineyards after starting with eight acres of vines last year.
Combine those ventures with three other established winery/vineyards, two of them in Burnet County and the third, the venerable Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow in Llano County, and the beginnings of a manageable and tourist-attracting local wine trail begins to take shape.
Houston businessman Blake DeBerry and his wife Karen’s groundbreaking at the site of their Torr Na Loch Winery and Vineyards Saturday was the culmination of a desire born out of their love of adventure and a long and far-flung quest to find, taste and acquire great wines.
For the complete story, see Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.

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