William Chris Vineyards
As a Texas-based company, William Chris Vineyards (WCV) takes pride in their community. In April 2020, WCV launched the Wanderer Series Relief Project with a mission to support the hardworking group of chefs, servers, sommeliers, and bartenders that make up the Texas restaurant community, which was critically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and raised over $45,000 for the Southern Smoke Foundation. In October 2020, Chris Brundrett, teamed up with fellow winegrower and Lost Draw Cellars owner Andrew Sides to merge their companies and create William Chris Wine Company (WCWC), which is the parent company of the William Chris Vineyards and is the leading producer of 100 percent Texas-grown wines in the Lone Star State.
Additionally, in July of 2021, WCWC announced the purchase of Hoover Valley Vineyard, a 78-acre property in the Texas Hill Country which will add 55 acres to WCWC’s wine growing footprint in the Texas Hill Country AVA, which aligned with one of the company’s long-term strategies of becoming more vertically integrated by farming more fruit from their own vineyards.
WCWC prides itself on expressing the genuine taste of Texas terroir through its wines while delivering a one-of-a-kind, world- class experience. They utilize a hands-off winemaking approach, allowing the characteristics of the fruit, the vineyard or AVA, and the vintage to shine in the finished product. Chris and his team are innovators in the Texas wine industry when it comes to aging techniques. In addition to oak barrels they also age wines in concrete tanks. Their concrete tanks allow for a controlled introduction of oxygen throughout the fermentation and aging processes. William Chris Vineyards is actually the first vineyard in the U.S. to have a Galileo Tank imported from Bordeaux, France exclusively for WCV.