Ever heard of it? You will soon. Carl Money and his family, which owns Pontotoc Vineyard, have big plans to turn this small section of a beautiful Texas highway into a Texas wine destination.
Read the front-page San Antonio Express News story by Jennifer McInnis who provides a great overview of the winery, its history and what’s to come.
Our group headed to Pontotoc to see first-hand the property and hear from Carl about his plans. Carl, his wife Frances and his uncle Ronnie (who runs the vineyard with the detail of a hawk) graciously welcomed us to their place, even putting us up for the evening in their several-bedroom home on the property (which has terrific potential to be a future B&B).
Vineyard with home in background
We met Carl at TEXSOM last year with one of our favorite Texas winemakers Don Pullum of Akashic Vineyards, who makes the Pontotoc wines and will soon start his own Akashic winery in this new development that is scheduled to open in October in time for Texas Wine Month.
Don, Ronnie and Carl
In addition to Akashic Vineyards, Alphonse and Martha Dotson will also open a winery here. Alphonse and Martha’s first wine has been a huge hit — the Gotas de Oro - and I can’t wait to see what else they plan to make.
Pontotoc sits between Mason and Llano — in what I would call, the most perfect bike riding stretch of the Hill Country. Absolutely gorgeous country.
The home overlooks the vineyard and immediately upon settling into one of the chairs around the fire pit or on the porch, you start to slow down and just enjoy living.
Jessica and me
Alissa, Margaret and Carl
We enjoyed a lovely dinner prepared by Don, and of course, shared several bottles of Pontotoc wine, which is 100 percent estate Tempranillo and absolutely delicious.
The tasting room is gorgeous — can’t wait to return for harvest (yes, I will get my hands dirty!) and for Texas Wine Month.