It wasn’t the best of news for Texas wine lovers: Jim and Karen Johnson have announced that they’re selling Alamosa Wine Cellars, the winery they built in Bend, where they produced award-winners including El Guapo and Scissortail. But we wish them well in their retirement.
Here’s the release they sent out:
After nearly twenty years in the business, we have decided to sell Alamosa Wine Cellars. We will be operating the vineyard until the property is sold. The tasting room will operate on a regular basis through the Labor Day Weekend and we want to see as many of our customers, friends and fans as we can before that day. We have some fun events and great sales to let you stock up on your favorite Alamosa wines as long as they last. Come soon for the best selections. We will also be holding a special Library Tasting in August when you will be able to taste through several of our older, special vintages with other wine lovers guided by Jim and Karen. Look for those announcements and tickets very soon.We are looking forward to retirement but with a bit of a heavy heart as we leave a place that has occupied so much of our efforts and passion for many years. Most of all we’ll miss the opportunity to see so many people who have made the journey so much fun. Retirement will allow us to do a lot more of the travel we so love, and to spend more time with our family, especially our little grandsons.Save these dates:July 11th Sales beginAug 1st, Library Tasting, tickets required, only 24 spaces. (info soon)Aug 8th Final Wine Club Party (afternoon)Aug 22 Retirement Celebration and SaleSeptember 4-6 Final Weekend.
Special mention must be made of how Jim Johnson helped pioneer the use of new varietals of grapes on the state’s wine scene, grapes that were able to produce great flavors and still thrive in the heat. The list includes Northern Rhone varietals such as Grenache, Mourvedre and Syrah among the reds as well as the whites Viognier, Verdelho, Roussanne and Marsanne.
The Johnsons were also instrumental in developing Way Out Wineries, a group that helped promote the Hill Country wineries beyond the Fredericksburg area.