Bingham Family Vineyards has been growing wine grapes on their family farm in the Texas Panhandle since 2003. One of only a handful of growers and winemakers producing wine from 100% Texas fruit, Bingham also supplies grapes for some of Texas’ most well-known winemakers: McPherson, Pedernales Cellars, Calais, and others. This is a pretty big deal as it isn’t all that easy to successfully grow quality wine grapes in the unpredictable and extreme Texas climate.
The Bingham Family Farm
The Bingham farm is in the Texas Panhandle in the small town of Meadow. Meadow is about 30 miles southwest of Lubbock. This puts the vineyards in the High Plains AVA. Along with wine grapes, the family also farms organic wheat, Pima cotton, and recently added hemp for use as CBD and textiles. The Bingham family has owned the 170-acre farm since 1901.
Each vineyard is on land that is also used to grow Texas Department of Agriculture organic row crops. The vineyards stretch across a three-mile area, which helps minimize the risk of damage to the grapes from severe Texas weather.
Bingham Family Vineyards Tasting Room
Bingham Family Vineyards has a tasting room in the city of Grapevine, which also embraces the Texas history. Grapevine, in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, is the oldest settlement in Tarrant County. Grapevine, founded in 1844 just one year before the United States annexed the Republic of Texas, was named for the wild grapes growing in the area.
The Bingham Family's Grapevine tasting room is in the historic Main Street district. If you go, be sure to allow some time to explore the many historic buildings in downtown Grapevine, including an original log cabin, the vintage train yards, and the original jailhouse.
For a map of all the buildings, sculptures, and other points of interest, pop into the Grapevine visitor center conveniently located next door to the Bingham’s tasting room.
One of the first things you’ll notice in the tasting room is the number of gold, silver, and bronze medals on display. This year alone, Bingham Family Vineyards won 18 awards in the 2020 Houston Rodeo Uncorked International Wine Competition, and 11 at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Other competitions and other years tell a similar tale.
Fun fact: All the Binghams play a musical instrument, which explains their logo and branding. Apparently the family that plays together also drinks wine together.
The Wines at Bingham Family Vineyards
Bingham Family Vineyards aims to offer a wine for every taste and includes six main categories: dry white wines, white wine club exclusives, dry rosé, semi-sweet and sweet wines, dry red wines, and red wine club exclusives. The wines on the tasting menu change each month.
In the dry white category, the 2017 Windmill is a Rhône blend of Rousanne and Viognier. It won a Gold medal in the 2020 Houston Rodeo Uncorked International competition.
I tried the 2018 Cloudburst, which is a blend of Trebbiano, Albarino, Vermentino, and Roussane. Cloudburst is an easy-drinking wine with notes of crisp apple, lemon zest, and a hint of pear. It has just enough acidity to hold all those flavors together.
There were 16 single varietal wines on the menu the day I visited. Betty Bingham explained that they like to experiment with new varietals and see what works best in Texas. It also provides an opportunity for their loyal customers to try new wines made from 100% Texas fruit.
But it’s the blends that customers love the most. According to Betty, the Dugout, which is a Bordeaux blend of predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and Dirt Farmer, which is a Tempranillo red wine blend, are the top-selling wines.
In the single varietal dry red category, my personal favorite was the Dolcetto, an Italian varietal that hails from the Piedmont region of Italy. It’s a light-bodied wine, with good acidity and red fruit notes on the nose and palate.
Complimentary Zoom Tastings
To accommodate their customers during the current pandemic restrictions and keep the tasting room staff employed, the purchase of any bottle of wine gives you the option to schedule a virtual Zoom wine tasting with the team at the Grapevine Tasting Room. All tasting room associates are available for tastings just as if you were going to the tasting room. These are private tastings, not shared with a group. You can conveniently schedule your Zoom tasting and consultation online.
Home delivery is available within 10 miles of the tasting room.
Curbside pickup is also available at the tasting room in Grapevine at 620 Main St. You can schedule visits to the farm, but those are by appointment only. Bingham Family Vineyards offers a great way to sample the flavors of Texas.
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