A beautiful hill country escape.
The Hilmy Vineyard is one of the largest in Fredericksburg. Erik Hilmy started the Vineyard with the "Home Block" of Sangiovese vines. Our Winemaker today is Michael Barton and he strives for the same level of excellence established by Erik Hilmy. Today we grow Malbec, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Syrah.
At Hilmy, we believe through and through that wine is made in the vineyard. We strive for quality in farming, and work to achieve harmony among the factors contributing to quality winegrowing.
In 2008, Erik Hilmy selected a site in Fredericksburg, Texas, to pursue his passion for winemaking. The site chosen was previously farm land with heavy clay soil. His first order of business was to place a well and plumbing on the land to ensure proper irrigation, and also provide for a future tasting room.
In 2009, with the help of close friends and family, he proceeded to plant the first vineyard, now called the “Home Block” of 3,000 Sangiovese vines. Along the way family and friends have been and still are happily helping with various projects, including construction, planting, harvest, artwork, events, etc. And like all good wine, pursuing balance is key. “What I appreciate most about Texas is the generosity of people in this business. Many experienced hands have come before us, have shared their guidance, and it has already made a difference. Making good wine is a life long challenge. It’s never boring, and is often very humbling,” says Erik. “There is a poetic beauty to this artisan product that brings joy to the lives of so many people. It also appeals to the scientist in me. I find it all immensely challenging and very gratifying.”