Top 5 Fun Facts About Fall Creek Vineyards
Pictured above: Ed and Susan Auler is Bordeaux winemaker Jean Michel Cazes who influenced their decision to grow their vineyard operations in Texas.
Celebrating Texas Wine Month with Nuggets of Truth About the Texas Wine Industry
By Sergio Cuadra
Pioneers in the Texas wine industry, Ed and Susan Auler have been writing Texas wine history since planting their first vines in 1975. Since then, they have grown not only a successful wine brand, but they have also helped build an entire wine industry. With so many years invested, there are lots of fun facts that you may not know about our favorite Texas winery.
1. Fall Creek Vineyards Chenin Blanc program has always been a star of the portfolio.
In April of 1983, Fall Creek Vineyards opened its present-day winery facility. That same year, Fall Creek’s first Chenin Blanc topped the Wines and Spirits Buying Guide as one of the top Chenin Blanc wines in all of America for that vintage.
2. Fall Creek Vineyards wines have been featured at many presidential inaugurations as the only Texas wines on the list.
Fall Creek wines were served at President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration in 1985 and at the inauguration of George H.W. Bush in 1989. The family also presented their wines at the inauguration of George W Bush in 2001. Fall Creek Vineyards wines were the only Texas wines served at each of these inaugural events.
3. Legends are realized here.
James Michener, the author of Space, Centennial, and Tales of the South Pacific, stayed at Fall Creek while researching his book, Texas.
4. The Auler Family are champions for distinction in Texas winegrowing.
Ed Auler spearheaded the effort to create the Texas Hill Country American Viticulture Area (AVA) with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), receiving the designation in 1990.
In April 1986, Susan and Ed Auler founded and hosted the first ever Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival, after 25 years running the festival, it evolved into the annual Austin Food & Wine Festival that continues to this day.
5. Fall Creek Vineyards has been the official wine of the Super Bowl.
Fall Creek Vineyards 2003 Texas Hill Country Merlot was the featured wine at the Super Bowl XXXVIII. After serving three presidents and many global ambassadors, the Aulers represented Texas well with the who’s who attending football’s premier event in Houston.
Forty years and counting…
This year, Fall Creek Vineyards proudly celebrates forty years in the Texas wine business. Without a doubt, the family will continue to write history as Texas wines continue to grow in popularity and notoriety.