2916 Upper Albert Rd
Phone: (830) 644-2037
Contact: Larry Kuhlken
In the early 1990s, the Kuhlken family led by David’s parents Larry and Jeanine planted their first vineyard near Fredericksburg. These were pioneering years with only a handful of wineries operating in Texas. It was also a time for experiments with different grapes varieties and viticultural practices. Over time, with carefully managed yields, and as the vines matured, the vineyard started producing consistently high quality fruit with bold, intense flavours.
During these early years, David’s sister Julie met and married Fredrik while they were both studying in Paris and after several years together in Europe that included the birth of their two daughters, the family moved to Texas where Fredrik and David began to develop their plan for Pedernales Cellars. Inspired by the success of producing exceptional fruit at Kuhlken Vineyards and born out of a desire to produce wine from grapes of the highest quality, it was natural to start a boutique winery focused on making small lots of hand crafted wines.
Planning for the new 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art winemaking facility started in 2006 and groundbreaking took place in 2007. In July of 2008 the first phase consisting of the underground barrel room was completed in time for 2008 crush.
The estate vineyard was expanded over the years and today consists of 17 acres mostly planted with hot weather varieties such as Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Monastrell (known as Mourvedre in French), Garnacha (Grenache in French) and small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Pedernales Cellars is truly a family affair, with David and Fredrik in their day-to-day roles at the winery while Larry and Jeanine continue to oversee the family vineyards. Meanwhile, Julie has drawn on her artistic experience to develop the labels, while David’s wife Heather not only has spent many of the past years helping in the vineyard, but has helped to provide everything from photography to guidance on the tasting room design. So when David’s and Fredrik’s respective children help out during harvest or in the winery, they are not only seventh generation Texans, but also the third generation directly involved with the wine industry.
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