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Polvadeau Vineyards holds winery opening

By Carol Wier BCC Contributor

Look out wine lovers! There's a new winery in town. In fact, it's the first winery in Bandera County and it's opened just in time for Valentine's Day.
Lost Maples Winery at Polvadeau Vinyards opened its wine tasting room this month in Vanderpool. The room is open Thursday through Sunday from 1-6 pm. For $10 per person, guests can sample generous portions of the winery's exclusive wines.
Try the Polvadeau Vin Rouge, a red wine served with an almond biscotti, or sample their signature Polvadeau du Dieu, a garnet red dessert wine, accompanied by chocolate.
Tom and Glenda Slaughter were excellent hosts for the recent opening. Tom, aka Texas Tom, has played guitar with Mickey Gilley and ZZ Top and loves to talk about those performing days. Pictures above the bar document that time in his life.
When asked what started the idea for a vineyard and winery, Glenda said her grandfather always had grapes and the land along the Sabinal River has been in the family since before Texas was a state.
Onsite, the Slaughters grow the black Spanish Lenoir Grape which were originally brought over from Spain to Mexico by missionaries who needed to produce wine for communion. These tasty and hardy grapes survive Texas' changing and challenging weather conditions.
Last year's harvest in August surpassed 13,000 pounds of grapes and was so rich that no sugar had to be added in the wine making process, Tom said. Interested volunteers are encouraged to sign up for the harvest in August which includes a continental breakfast and barbecue lunch with live musical entertainment as a thank you for the help.
So what's next for the vineyard? The Slaughters plan to build a deck overlooking the Sabinal, finish a pond currently under construction, and construct another building in which to expand.
With wine as smooth and rich as their signature wines, they'll have no problem looking forward to a bright future, as evidenced by the packed tasting room on their first open weekend.
The winery is also available for weddings and other special occasions. Make reservations or get more information by calling 210-413-7392, or email event planner Andrea McGilvray at Contact McGilvray to purchase cuttings and-or 1-year-old plants.
Lost Maples Winery at Polvadeau Vineyards is located one mile south of Lost Maples State Natural Area at 34986 FM 187 and can be reached at 830-966-5131. Their website address is
Time for a road trip!