Show 462, February 19, 2022: John Rivenburgh, Proprietor & Winemaker, Kerrville Hills Winery, Kerrville, Texas Part Two

John Rivenburgh of Kerrville Hills Winery

“Texas wine industry luminary, John Rivenburgh, purchased Kerrville Hills Winery in late 2020 and he transformed it into a winery incubator. That conversion allows Rivenburgh to realize one of his central career ambitions of fostering the development of highly talented winemakers.”

“The Kerrville Hills Winery incubator is now a home for winemakers to manage the capitalization of their business, learn winemaking techniques, and work in a collaborative environment. Kerrville Hills Winery differs from a custom crush facility in that member winemakers are intrinsically involved in all production aspects. It is akin to an educational think tank for collaboration, sharing ideas, and fostering creativity so various winemakers can make their best products. Rivenburgh provides project and program oversight, access to an industry network developed over 14 years, as well as winemaking guidance and mentorship.”

“Before purchasing Kerrville Hills Winery, Rivenburgh widely planted the grape variety Tannat and created award-winning wines with it. Tannat, a grape grown widely in France and South America, is loved for its deep color, and tannins that give wine structure and complexity. Rivenburgh helped plant dozens of acres of Tannat in more than 20 vineyards in the state. This extensive development of Tannat has cemented his reputation as a leading innovative winemaker and viticulturist responsible for elevating its status to become a heralded varietal in Texas.”

Kerrville Hills Winery has a Tasting Room at the Winery plus a newly launched Tasting Room (by Appointment only) in Hye, Texas (near Fredericksburg.)

John Rivenburg continues with a glass of Kerrville Hills Winery 2019 Tannat, Rustic Spurs Vineyard in hand.

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