We stumbled across Grand Oaks Vineyards & Winery just outside Mineola, Texas a couple of years ago when it first opened to the public. And what a discovery it was!
Grand Oaks is located on several beautiful rolling hillsides overlooking the Mineola Nature Preserve in East Texas amid forests of pine, cedar, and hardwoods, including many oak varieties. The vineyards began in 2006 when they were cleared from the forest with several grand old oaks left adorning the site and inspiring the name. In 2007, the owners planted 11 varieties of wine grapes, which were then slowly winnowed to those producing the finest grapes in the unique soils and microclimate.
Grand Oaks now boasts more than 1,800 hand-planted and nurtured vines, with the latest being 130 young Malbecs. Most of the varieties have lineages to the great wine regions of Spain, France, and Italy, allowing Grand Oaks to bring some of the classic “old world” wine characteristics to East Texas with a modern wine-making approach.
Planning for the winery began in late 2012 after the successful harvest of the first full year of grape production. Construction began in May 2013 and culminated with opening for the general public’s enjoyment in May 2014, offering eight wines built around and upon those 2012 grapes:
- Dry Red Wines: Padres’ Mesa Red, Tempranillo, and Tres Bellezas
- Semi-Sweet Red Wines: C y M Sweet Temper and Padres’ Dulce Red
- Off-Dry White Wines: Laurena Blanc and Blanco de Alba
- Semi-Sweet White Wine: G. O. Tweet
The next time you have a few hours to kill in the Mineola area, check out Grand Oaks Vineyards & Winery. Tour their vines, sample their wines, and create a memorable wine event for yourself and your family or friends!
Please feel free to e-mail us or call us at 903-530-2488 if you have any questions or need more information about Roadrunner Acres RV Ranch. We look forward to hopefully welcoming you as one of our new residents soon!