East Texas Vineyard Introduces Wines with Free Tasting

An East Texas winery is putting its own wines on the market for the first time Saturday.

Kiepersol Estates Vineyards recently obtained a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to serve Kiepersol Estates wine inside their restaurant.

Until now, wine maker Marnelle Durrett has been unable to sell or serve her wines in dry Smith County. But last year, the state passed a law saying all Texas wineries could sell their wine.

The winery near Bullard is offering a free public tasting Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Shuttles will take wine tasters on a tour of the vineyard before bringing them to an exclusive wine tasting room.

It will be the first time the vineyard's collection of red wines will be sold to the public. Until now, Durrett's wine making efforts have been for wine sampling only.

"Whenever people came before, it was a little disappointing," Durrett said. "Especially, if they liked the wine and couldn't buy a bottle and take it home with them."

Kiepersol Estates Vineyards is located eleven miles south of Tyler off of FM 344-east, near Bullard.

For more information, call (903) 894-8995.