Texas wines continue to grow in popularity, and there are now more than 140 wineries in the state. If you would like to tour a local Texas winery without going too far from Houston, just take a short trip down the Gulf Freeway (or across Highway 6) to the Haak Vineyards and Winery, Galveston County’s first and only winery.
What started with just two grape vines back in 1969 is now a thriving vineyard with 1800 vines. Although the Estate Reserve Blanc du Bois is the only one of their award-winning wines that is made 100% from grapes grown at the Haak Vineyard, all of the grapes used in Haak wines are Texas grown.
Winery tours are run hourly, seven days a week (except during events). On the short tour you will see the vineyards, grape crushers, wine cellar, and the bottling and corking area. The best part comes at the end of the tour, though, when you get to taste some of the Haak wines. The basic tour is $5 and includes tastes of a selection of four wines. For $15 you taste seven wines and get a logo wine glass to take home with you as a souvenir of your visit.
The Haak Winery hosts a number of events, such as concerts, wine and cheese tastings and seminars. Children are welcome to attend events and take the winery tour, although only those persons 21 and older may drink. Soft drinks and a variety of cheeses, meats, crackers and other foods are available at the deli and gift shop, and wine may be purchased by the bottle or the glass. You can see a schedule of upcoming events on the Haak website.
Grapes are typically harvested in July, and the community is invited to join in. People interested in wine and wine making spend a few hours harvesting the grapes, then get to watch the grapes being crushed and even sample a bit of the grape juice. Wine tastings and door prizes add to the fun.
The Haak Vineyards and Winery is located 1.8 miles south of Highway 6 between Alvin and Galveston. From Highway 6, go south on Avenue T. The winery will be on your right.
From central Houston, take I-45 (the Gulf Freeway) south to exit 20, Santa Fe/FM 646. Turn right on FM 646, then right on FM 1764. Make a left on Highway 6, then take the first right onto Avenue T.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Hours and tour availability may vary at times, such as during events. Check the website or call before making the trip.