La Buena Vida Springtown

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As far as we know, no one sells true Texas sparkling wine, but Dr. Bobby Smith is still making his own méthode champenoise sparkling wine at his La Buena Vida Vineyards and winery at Springtown.  Dr. Smith is a Texas wine pioneer who planted his vineyards in the 1970s and helped change the Texas law that eventually allowed wineries to sell wine in dry areas and to ship to customers inside the state creating our current boom in Texas wine.  Dr. Smith grows a number of varietals in his vineyard and makes wine under his private label as well as for the La Buena Vida label.  He occasionally also makes honey mead which he bottles and sells at the winery.  He makes the sparkling wine for his own enjoyment.  As a young man he worked in some of the top Champagne houses in France.  He tells us he still does riddling by hand just to keep in practice but being a man of many interests he also has a modern roto-pallette.  A visit to his winery is a trip back in time where winemaking is an adventure to be shared and a taste of unfiltered wine from the vat is a treat he enjoys sharing.  Dr. Bobby Smith is a true gentleman and an icon of Texas winemaking. He welcomes visitors to his vineyard and winery in Springtown but if you want to visit it is best to call ahead. 

2009 grapes ready for harvest at La Buena Vida Springtown

2009 grapes ready for harvest at La Buena Vida Springtown

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