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Press Release: Tasting Room for Hye Society Wine Club is Now Open

Posted by Tara Guthrie on August 1, 2019

WILLIAM CHRIS VINEYARDS ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF NEW TASTING ROOM FEATURING ENHANCED WINE TASTING EXPERIENCES

Expanding Wine Company to Debut Tasting Room to Club Members on August 10 with Experiences Available by Reservation for All Guests to Follow

New Tasting Room at WCV

AUSTIN, TEXAS (August 1, 2019) - Beloved family-owned winegrowing company based in Hye, Texas, William Chris Vineyards (WCV) is pleased to announce the grand opening of their new welcome center and wine club members’ tasting room on Saturday, August 10. The tasting room will feature enhanced wine experiences that will be available for all guests to experience by reservation only.

“Expanding our team to focus more on community and education is the right thing to do,” says Chris Brundrett, co-owner and winegrower at WCV. “When you come and enjoy our wine you are investing in more than just a bottle, you are investing in a world-class wine industry that is driving the agriculture, tourism, and wine business into new, uncharted territory. We are pleased to share a piece of our world.”

WCV will offer visitors enhanced experiences that will rotate regularly with a focus on wine education, food and wine pairings, and unique wine tasting formats not yet explored in Texas wine country. These new experiences led to the addition of key personnel, including a resident sommelier, D Thompson, who recently obtained a level III certification in wine from Wine and Spirits Education Trust; new tasting room manager Luke Hricik, formerly of Duckhorn Vineyards; and Executive Chef Josh Tye, formerly of Rose Hill Manor, Uchiko, and Hudson’s on the Bend.

As visitation to the vineyard has grown steadily over the years, the team at WCV designed their new tasting room to accommodate their loyal club members who have been an integral part of the growth of the business from a small, boutique winery to one of the state’s leading producers of 100% Texas-grown wine.

WCV enlisted architect Marley Porter of Living Architecture to contrive a design for the 5,500-square-foot tasting room, offices, and new welcome center that provides visitors to the estate with a stunning view of the rolling hills beyond — a breathtaking backdrop for the flourishing vineyards.

If you would like to visit the new facility, please be sure to make a reservation in advance.

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