DRY COMAL CREEK VINEYARDS
Franklin Houser, a former San Antonio attorney, purchased the house and 103 acres in the 1970's as a get-away for him and his family. He found enjoyment in learning about grapes which grew into a passion of making wine. It all started with "Bonnie's Vineyard" in 1992. In just a few short years he opened the tasting room and produced the first wine in 1998.
Unfortunately, two catastrophic floods occurred in 1998 and 2002, washing out the vineyards and winery. Mother Nature still wasn’t done with Dry Comal Creek. In 2000, testing confirmed that the vineyard was infested with Pierce’s Disease.
At that time, Mr. Houser found Lenoir "Black Spanish" grape which is resistant to many of the diseases. Black Spanish is grown in our vineyards and with such success, Dry Comal is known as the ‘pioneer’ in Texas for Black Spanish.
Mr. Houser wanted to retire for good. In 2017, he found the family he was looking for, The Romero's from Ft. Worth. Ralphael Romero Sr. is a first generation Mexican immigrant. He spent his summers on a family farm learning english and learning about fruit farming. His grandfather insisted that he immigrate and live the American dream. He founded the vineyards Mother company in 1981, R&D Equipment Co. named after "Ralph" and his lovely bride, Dora. Ralpheal Jr. had met Mr. Houser, and voiced his interest in the Vineyard. Jr. said that it would be a great family get-away and a retirement project for his dad. Over a glass of sangria, the sale was done.
Ralph Sr. is a proud Texan and has insisted on bringing that character to our wines. Starting in 2018 Dry Comal Creek will be using 100% Texas Grapes. We are excited to share our new wines in the near future. Our new wine maker is Penny Adams, a native Texan and a pioneer in the Texas Wine Industry.
Have the best experience. Amazing wine, great service, gorgeous setting, making our home, yours.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS & PRESS:
"Dry Comal Creek will win you over with their delicious, creative wines and their knowledgeable and engaging staff." - Jenny
"Our group had an excellent time at the winery, the wine tasting was great! The sangria was really good and refreshing for a hot day. Our favorite wine was the Black White Spanish! The staff was really welcoming and attentive, we will definitely be back soon." - Marcy
"Had a fantastic outing at Dry Comal Winery. Tasting, food and music was fabulous. Customer service was top notch. Wine was incredible. I’ll be back." - Bridget
"This winery has a fun feel. Steph was our guide for our wine tasting and she was fantastic! She is clearly very knowledgeable but fun. We had a great time. Try the sangria slush, it is delicious and they might even give you the recipe, if you’re lucky! I plan to come back anytime I’m in the area." - Brandi
"Had a fantastic experience! Great customers service and love in providing to their customers. Wine was delicious! If you’re looking for a great day or night date, or just a fun outing with friends. This is a great choice!" - Brooke
"We had the BEST time! It was our first time visiting and also our first wine tasting ever. We were a little worried since we had never done this before we were going to be surrounded by pretentious and snooty wine "experts". That couldn't be the furthest from what happened. "MO" was sooo informative and relaxed. We felt like we were chatting and learning from an old friend. We were shocked that we loved every. single. wine! Honestly that's not an exaggeration. We tasted 6 in total and couldn't pick a favorite! Even though it was raining, we still enjoyed sitting outside and taking in the beautiful surroundings. We will absolutely come back again!" - Jenna E.
1741 Herbelin Rd
New Braunfels, TX 78132