Texas Wine

Valley Mills Winery Sign



Valley Mills Vineyards and WineryOwners John and Kandi Bagnasco have a definite objective to produce some of the best Texas wines the state has to offer, and they are off to a great start. Estate vines were planted in 2007, and production is underway with some impressive Texas representations.



Valley Mills Wine BarThere is something about chemistry, biology, inventiveness, and creativity that translates to practicing the art of winemaking. When I visited the winery, they explained different yeast strains they were experimenting with to discover what will bring out the best in the final products.

Texas Winemaker Bill Peper at Valley Mills Vineyards The journey through Valley Mills Vineyards fine wine was topped off with barrel samplings of Syrah and Tempranillo. We even got to compare wines of the same vintage that were aging in 3 different types of oak barrels – one was in French oak and the other two were in different American oak.  I have tasted wine in many different scenarios, but this was a first for me. I know what I like and dislike as far as different oak aging and can almost always tell the difference in French Oak and American, but to taste the same wine aged this way was truly an ah ha! moment. 


Valley Mills Vineyards tasting roomKandi Bagnasco,one of the other owners, was on hand offering great hospitality and enthusiasm. The winery is a perfect venue for the area with the rustic wood and the corrugated metal bar and a wine line up that's an excellent addition to our Texas wine list. They are happy to host private tastings, parties and wine dinners. Located just a few miles west of Waco, it's a perfect half-way stop on those long Dallas / Fort Worth-to-Austin (and back) excursions.