More than just luck. Local winery wins ‘Double Gold’ for its decadent Montepulciano.

Updated: Nov 23


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

Local winemakers Jeff and Kimberly Hutchins have good reason to raise a glass these days.

The Erath County couple who own Lucky Vines Vineyard and Winery received five medals in the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, including Top of Class for their 2018 Montepulciano.

“We knew we produced good wine based on customer feedback, but it’s very nice to have some validation from impartial judges as we were in competition with other Texas wineries,” Jeff told Beneath the Surface News. “In the two years we have been open, this has to be one of the top feel good moments.”

Montepulciano is an Italian grape varietal described as a medium-bodied dry red with gentle tannins that boasts a rich, decadent color.

And it wasn’t the only wine produced by the Hutchins that the judges toasted.

A 2017 Syrah affectionately called “Beginner’s Luck” and a 2017 Dry Rose were both Silver Medal winners, and the 2017 Serendipitous Syrah and 2017 Bene Velle Blend won Gold.

“I feel humbled and proud that all of our hard work is being recognized and awarded,” Kimberly said. “The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition is one of the largest and most respected wine competitions in the state and we feel honored to have been awarded with such high honors.

“It gives me confidence to enter our wines into more prestigious competitions.”

Cheers to that!