The steady growth of wine production by some estimates has increased by 35 percent a year in just the last five years. The recent influx of wineries in the Texas Hill Country has spurred a trend to opt for a custom wine room, not only to house this new “cash crop” investment, but to add and hold value to the home, something that a wet bar would not normally do.
While the contents of a liquor cabinet are not normally viewed as an investment, fine wines most certainly are, and therefore command much more attention to how they are displayed and stored. You just simply stand liquor upright on a shelf at room temperature in a cabinet or closet and don’t give it another thought until it is cocktail time. Not so with fine wine. It needs an optimum temperature and humidity range (55 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit with 50 to 70 percent relative humidity) and should lay neck down to keep the cork from drying out.
Since the mid 1970’s the Texas Hill Country has experienced increasing interest as a commercially viable wine center, so that today, there are approximately 600 acres of vineyards extending from Fredericksburg north to San Saba and west Menard. This has provided landowners and developers with a welcomed diversity to the well-established peach growing industry. While it is true that that our famous Fredericksburg peaches, coupled with the many wildflowers that blanket the landscape, helped to develop the town as a destination tourist attraction, the winery tours have now become one of the chief attractions to the Texas Hill Country.