5 Must- Visit Wineries Near McKinney
North Texas might not be known for its premiere wines, but the unique soil composition makes the resulting grapes from this region refreshing. Countless wineries have cropped up in the McKinney region in the last 10 years, but these are the ones to add to your list. Here are the top 5 must-visit wineries near McKinney.
Mitas Hill Vineyard
Known for their beautiful country-side that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to another country, Mitas Hill Vineyard offers much more than just flavorful wine to their customers. With a casual yet refined atmosphere, the vineyard offers a small menu of pizzas, salads and appetizers. Pizzas are fired right inside of their hand built pizza oven tucked into the buildings stone-façade. The vineyard offers tours of the grounds for $20 per visitor, including a tasting of 6 wines. Specialties include the house Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo.
Set right on the square in downtown McKinney, Landon Winery is the perfect setting to enjoy local wines while listening to music. The winery has both indoor and outdoor seating and guests can order by glass, tasting or a bottle (the best deal). The winery bar is housed in the dark wine cellar, in the back of the facility and the Pinot Grigio and the Viognier are specialties. Special features include Wednesday half priced bottles and $3 mimosas on Sundays!
Wales Manor Winery & Vineyard
Located on the outskirts of McKinney, Wales vineyard is a 3-acre clay and limestone vineyard that exclusively grows Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and Rose wines. Established in 1999, and open to the public in 2007, the vineyard is known especially for its open grounds and concert stage, set against a stone façade. The grounds host elaborate weddings and well attended music events, such as blues and country nights, and jazz musicians. According to their site, they hosted approximately 10,000 visitors and guests in 2010 alone. This is the prime place to enjoy a glass of wine and hear country tunes set in the serene McKinney countryside. And actually, if you go on the right day, you might find Dr. Cohen, an exceptional orthodontist in McKinney, throwing back a few bottles and crooning out a few beautiful balads!
Eden Hill Winery
Owners Linda & Clark Hornbaker loved discovering new wines and visiting lush wineries in both California and Texas, so in 2003, they decided to build their dream. About 45 miles north of downtown Dallas you can find Eden Hill. The 10-acre property features a variety of grapes including Tempranilla and Orange Muscat. The wines produced at Eden Hill are Tempranillo, Estate Reserve Tempranillo and Orange Muscat dessert wines. The country-themed tasting room is open Thursday to Sunday and filling cheese plates are available to order during each tasting, to compliment the wine. The winery also hosts ‘Sips & Sounds’ outdoor concerts as well as indoor specialty concerts with the selection of wines for tasting by the glass or bottle. This quaint country gem is always sprinkled with seasonal flowers and a must-visit in the north McKinney area.
San Martiño Winery
Tucked into the countryside of Lavon, just outside of Rockwall, this winery has both indoor and outdoor seating, to cater to guests wishes, allowing them to unwind and relax while enjoying their selection of whites, reds and dessert wines. Primarily well versed in reds, San Martiño offers regular tastings Thursday to Saturday—usually 5 preselected wines from their inventory. They also offer an “Elevated Tasting Experience” for the opportunity for a wine and food pairing, crafted by an in-house chef. Family-owned, and specializing in handcrafted wines borne out of a 600-year legacy out of northern Spain, San Martiño is another must-visit winery just south of McKinney.