Double Gold Medal for 2014 GSM Terroir Reflection Series from Salt Lick Vineyards in Texas Hill Country
Tow, Texas — FALL CREEK Vineyards proudly announces the winning of eight medals—more than any other Texas winery for Texas-grown wines—at the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC), including a Double Gold Medal for the 2014 GSM Terroir Reflection Series made with grapes from Salt Lick Vineyards in the Texas Hill Country.
Fall Creek top-awarded wines were:
- 2014 GSM Terroir Reflection Series – DOUBLE GOLD
- 2012 Meritus Premium Bordeaux Blend – GOLD
- 2015 Grenache Rosé – GOLD
- 2015 Chenin Blanc Headwaters Reserve – GOLD (available exclusively through HEB or at the FALL CREEK Vineyards tasting rooms)
- 2012 Tempranillo – SILVER
“We are thrilled that our commitment to quality was recognized by the judges,” stated Susan Auler, Co-Founder of FALL CREEK Vineyards with her husband Ed Auler. “Since founding our vineyard in 1975, we have said that ‘FALL CREEK Vineyards is where the sky fell in love with the earth and gave birth to wine; these awards are testament to the quality of the terroir as well as the expertise of our winemaker Sergio Cuadra and our team.”
The inspiration for FALL CREEK Vineyards came in 1973 when the Aulers made a trip to France and noted remarkable similarities in the soil, terrain and microclimate of parts of the French wine country and their own ranch.
“I became convinced that certain parts of the Texas Hill Country would be ideally suited to grape growing,” says Mr. Auler. “For more than 40 years we have worked to create high quality wines and do all we could to help grow the Texas wine industry. We are proud to see the success of our wines and those of our Texas vineyard and winery peers. The future of Texas wine is brighter than ever.”
In 2016, the SFCWC received more than 4,600 wines that were blind tasted by more than 50 of the wine industry’s top experts. The prestigious Double Gold Medal was awarded to just 279 wines three of which were from Texas. Texas’ McPherson Cellars 2015 Piquepoul Blanc, earned a Best in Show for White wines. Texas wines earned 19 Gold Medals at the competition. According to SFCWC earning a gold medal puts the wine in approximately the top ten percent of wines. Overall Texas wines earned more than 100 medals at the 2016 SFCWC. The competition took place at the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco from June 9-12, 2016.
“We want to congratulate all of the Texas vineyards and wineries for their success at SFCWC and thank them for working to ensure the reputation of the Texas wine industry continues to grow,” added Mr. Auler.
About Fall Creek Vineyards
Located in the Texas Hill Country on the northwest shores of Lake Buchanan, near Tow, FALL CREEK Vineyards at Tow experiences a warm day-cool night growing season with low relative humidity. The prevailing breezes off Lake Buchanan constantly cool the vineyards. The sandy loam soil is ideal for growing premium grapes. Harvest occurs between late July and early October.
In 2015, to celebrate their 40th year since first planting grapes in the Texas Hill Country, the Aulers opened their 2nd winery, FALL CREEK Vineyards at Driftwood, across the road from the famous Salt Lick restaurant. FALL CREEK Vineyards at Driftwood includes a beautiful tasting hall, overnight accommodations, and recently planted new vines.
Hours and specials are available on the Vineyard’s website at www.fcv.com and on Facebook.