March 31, 2022

Haak Winery: History in the Making

Haak Winery: History in the Making

Today you’ll hear my interview with Kyle Johnston and Tiffany Farrell of Haak Winery in Santa Fe TX. We discuss not only Haak’s rich history, but also what’s new since a new ownership team purchased Haak last year.
Texas wine news includes another new consulting winemaker working in Texas, big time news coverage for the Texas Hill Country, a review of a special tasting of Texas wine, and announcing a summer Texas wine event that you won't want to miss!
Cheers y'all!

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Mentioned in this Episode

Texas Hill Country Wineries invite you to “Drink it All in” at the 2022 Wine and Wildflower Journey. Right now, through April 22nd, this self-guided tour is your passport to exploring over forty wineries in Texas Hill Country. As a passport holder, you can visit up to four wineries per day over twenty-three days, plus receive exclusive discounts on bottle purchases!

Buy your digital passport at and head for the hills, now through April 22nd.

I’m excited to announce the launch of Sommly, a direct-to-consumer marketplace for artisan Texas wine! If you’re a Texas winery, claim your free winery page today. Soon you’ll be able to list all of your wines and club memberships for wine lovers to purchase on If you’re a wine consumer like me, search for your favorite local wineries on Sommly and give them a great review. Please join me in spreading the word, and helping folks discover the Texas wine industry! And follow on Instagram for the latest updates.

  1. Resources for fire relief:
    Texas Farm Bureau
    Big Country Relief Fund
  2. . Southern Living’s Article on College Station
  3. Video on Esperanza Winery
  4. San Antonio Express News: It’s always wine o’clock: Texas Hill Country winery industry sees 625% growth in decade
  5. Vinepair: If You Love the Wines of Bordeaux, It’s Time to Give Texas Hill Country a Try
  6. Jean Hoefliger Joins Texas Wine Collective
  7. Jean Hoefliger Talks Texas Wine in Recent Interview (video)
  8. Andrew Chalk’s Review of Wines Presented by Wedding Oak, Fall Creek Vineyards and Spicewood Vineyards
  9. Waco’s Rootstock: A Texas Wine Festival
  10. Visit San Antonio and the James Beard Foundation: Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival
  11. Join me at Wine & Food Foundation’s Toast of Texas on June 5! Watch my social media for discount code. VIP event is only for members of WFF. More information HERE
  12. Event for Cactus Christmas author Heather Renee May DETAILS

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Interview with Tiffany Farrell and Kyle Johnston of Haak Winery

Haak Winery

Demerits and Gold Stars

Demerit: City of Plano for not including Texas wine in the Texas Forever Fest. Texas beer and spirits were included. Why not Texas wine?  
Gold Star: Bending Branch 2014 Tannat - Newsom Vineyard was poured at the Wine Museum of Paris. O la la! Read more about it HERE

Thanks to Texas Wine Lover for promotional help! For the latest information on Texas wineries and vineyards, visit Texas Wine Lover

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