STONEWALL, TX: Governor Rick Perry visited Becker Vineyards after participating in the Grand Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting of the National Museum of the Pacific War’s George H W Bush Gallery on Monday, Dec. 7.
"He purchased wine for his son’s rehearsal dinner," said Dr. Richard Becker, co-proprietor (of Becker Vineyards) with his wife Bunny. "Governor Perry called and said he wanted to purchase five cases of Reserve Malbec and 3 cases of Sauvignon Blanc and would be by on Monday to pick up his order."
Becker Vineyards, third largest winery in the state of Texas, owns 46 acres of vineyards in Stonewall and 26 acres in Ballinger.
"We also purchase grapes from other grape growers. The grapes used for the Reserve Malbec came from the Drew Tallent Vineyard in Mason (Texas Hill Country viticultural area) while the Sauvignon Blanc came from the Andrew Martin Vineyard in Meadow (Texas High Plains viticultural area), "said Russell Smith, winemaker at Becker Vineyards.
"I felt honored," said Tallent when he heard the news. "I felt honored that he purchased wine made with my grapes grown in Mason County."
Tallent was also at the winery when the Governor arrived. Governor Perry visited with Becker Vineyards’ staff, Tallent, and visitors in the Tasting Room.
A cattle rancher, Tallent began planting vines ten years ago as an alternate agricultural crop. He has 3 ½ acres of Malbec which, along with the Reserve Malbec, is used in the new Becker Vineyards Raven, a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Petit Verdot. He also grows other red grape varieties such as Mourvedre, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Meadow, located in the Texas High Plains, is where Andrew Martin grows the Sauvignon Blanc as well as Chenin Blanc, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Carignan. His grapes are used in the Becker Vineyards Chenin Blanc and the Becker Vineyards Prairie Rotie.
Becker Vineyards is located 11 miles east of Fredericksburg off US Hwy 290 at Jenschke Lane.