On a recent trip to Arkansas, we took a short detour off of IH 30 and found a pleasant stop at Red Road Vineyard & Winery in Naples, Texas.
Located just south of the railroad tracks parallel to Main Street (US 67), Red Road Vineyard & Winery officially opened in December 2007 by father-daughter owners Bradley and Merrill Grove. Red Road Vineyard grows Cynthiana, Lenoir, and Blanc du Bois grapes (all Pierce’s Disease resistant varietals) on its grounds and imports additional varietals from other vineyards in Texas. Despite being northern California natives, the winemaker has chosen Gaelic names for the majority of Red Road’s wines to celebrate the family’s Scottish roots.
Though Red Road is new to the Texas wine scene, the winery is already producing over a dozen wines. The focus seems to be on blending wines for food pairing. Some favorites from this trip’s visit include the Riesling style Solas, a fruity crisp white with a floral bouquet that is a sure match for a meal at a BYOB Thai place, the Chardonnay blend Sedoga with oaky overtones and apple and melon flavors that would match perfectly with a seafood chowder, a crisp but not too acidic Texas Chenin Blanc, and a well balanced Texas Merlot with soft plum flavors that would be perfect with that roast duck from First Chinese BBQ. Also sampled was the not yet released Cabernet Sauvignon, which started out chocolately smooth with berry flavors and ended with a nice slow burn at the back of the throat. Hope I get a chance to return when that Cab is bottled and labeled!
Red Road wines are not yet available at any DFW package stores but are available at select stores in east Texas (Pittsburg, Tyler, Marshall, etc). While I look forward to local retailers carrying Red Road selections in the future, the two-hour drive to the tasting room in Naples makes for a lovely day trip from Dallas.
Red Road Vineyard & Winery
105 W Front St
Naples, TX 75568