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Prominent Hill Country winery uncorks ranking among world's best vineyards for 2023
It used to be that the mere mention of Texas wine would cause oenophiles to pull down their eyebrows in a grimace. It took the hard work of maverick producers to turn that perception around. Now the state’s vintages are being honored on an international scale.
The latest vote of confidence comes from World’s Best Vineyards. The academy of 500 wine experts, sommeliers, and travel writers voted Hye’s William Chris Vineyards one of its 2023 top wine destinations for the second year.
The annual list accounts for the total experience, from quality wines and educational offerings to lodging and hospitality. The huge undertaking promotes wine tourism by considering thousands of vineyards (all must be open to the public) spanning five continents.
William Chris’ 60th place finish (they were 56th last year) might not seem like such a big deal on paper, but it was only one of six wineries selected from the United States. It was also Texas’ sole winery to receive the recognition.
The voting body did not share why exactly they were taken by the winery’s charms, but the brand has steadily built a following since Chris Brundrett and Bill Blackmon opened the doors in 2008.
A devotee of Texas-grown grapes, William Chris is known for using a low-intervention approach to showcase the state’s best fruit. They've recently spun off a new vineyard and tasting room, called Uplift Vineyard, in Burnet.
“We are thrilled and humbled to be included for the second year in a row on this distinguished list,” said Brundrett via a release. It really feels like Texas is starting to have its moment — people are seeing what we’re doing down here and are impressed with the quality of not only the wine but the experiences we’re offering as well.”