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Haak Vineyards & Winery Inc, Santa Fe

(75+ reviews on the web)
Winery / Vineyard Food & Drink
It all began in 1969 on the 10th wedding anniversary of Raymond and Gladys Haak. Gladys’ gifts to Raymond that year were two Concord grapevines. What began as a hobby with those two vines soon turned into a great passion for both of the novice winemakers. With these and numerous other grape varietals that came after them, Raymond tested which varieties would survive the climatic conditions along the Gulf Coast of Texas.

A few years later, Raymond read about a hybrid grape variety that was said to be resistant to Pierce's Disease and grew well in dry, hot environments. It was called Blanc du Bois.

Haak became one of the first wineries in the country to cultivate Blanc du Bois. And his foresight has proven positive as the winery has produced numerous medal-winning wines from the Blanc du Bois grapes. The once-small gathering of two lonely grape vines in 1969, has turned into 3 acres filled with 1800 vines and production of the first commercial Haak wines in 2000.

Today, the winery consists of more than 25,000 sq. ft., including an 1,800 sq. ft. cellar, which is used for storing and aging wines in oak barrels. Artwork throughout the winery is reminiscent of Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal with many angels watching over and protecting the vines and grapes. The winery has grown into a destination for many locals and a major tourist attraction for Santa Fe, Texas and Galveston County.
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  • On Sunday, May28, 2017, we attended the Pee Wee Bowen Band concert at Haak Winery with a bus load of people from our neighborhood. We found a spot with a breeze at the beginning of a vineyard row to p...  more »
  • Originally got engaged in the cellar in 2004. Before the expansion of buildings in back Haak looked like an authentic winery, vineyard and small covering for an event. Now there is a generic snack bar...  more »
  • Was a most interesting tour of the Winery and Vineyards and the wine tasting was excellent. Most interesting selection of wines  more »
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  • Nice vineyard that is between Houston and Galveston. Really knowledgeable and friendly staff. Tasting with tour. Tiny retail shop where you can purchase cheese and meats to go with your wine. Had a nice white to go with the warm weather and chilled outside next to the vines.
  • This is a nice and peaceful setting. The staff is very helpful and takes time to chat with the customers. Been twice and joined the club.
  • Very friendly staff. Took the wine tour & it was interesting, be very knowledgeable staff.
  • Pretty interesting place all around. It was a nice experience to pretend to be a fruit fly eating up all the grapes and having the food runners try to chase me away like the little bug I am. Though before my Diptera adventures I had sampled a few wines. They were very good but one of the food runner's said my drinking style was "SOOO BAD" when I was chugging it to help me cope with the loss of my dog. Also having a t-shirt saying "Haakaholic" is pretty messed up considering there's many people, myself included, who are addicted to haaks. All in all it was a good experience and if I could rate it 10 stars I would!
  • Stopped there as a new Wine Consumer on a Wednesday around noon. Place wasn't very busy, however, the bartender? took time to answer my beginner questions with zeal. As we were speaking the owners came through and took the time to say hello, introduce themselves, and shake my hand. Small shop to buy some snacks and souvenirs. The 3 wines I tried were all very good, however I liked the Purple Porpoise the best!