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Rae Wilson, Wine for the People

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Woman-Owned Wineries is proud to share the work of Rae Wilson, a sommelier, winemaker, and entrepreneur whose minimal intervention wines celebrate the terroir of Texas Hill Country.

  Named a “Superhero of the Austin Dining Scene”by Zagat’s guide, Wilson is a rising force in American wine. With experience working in production cellars in the Napa Valley and in Portugal, she launched her first wine label, Dandy Rosé, in 2014. Soon after, she established a vineyard in the Texas Hill Country, then co-founded The Grower Project in 2016. Both labels reside under her company Wine for the People, “committed to cultivating community through wine culture with a greater impact.”  Wilson is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Wine Enthusiast, and Texas Monthly.

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2018 Dandy Bubbles

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A natural sparkling wine, Dandy expresses the very best of local terroir in a refreshing magenta cranberry fruit with a delicate mousse.  Comprised of Pinot Meunier (40  percent), Counoise (40 percent), and Sangiovese (20 percent), fruit for Dandy was harvested early for low sugar levels and high natural acidity. An extended fermentation preserved its delicate aromatics. Tirage was added at bottling with no fining or filtering, and the wine was aged in bottle for seven months, finishing dry with no residual sugar at 12.5 percent ABV.

 

 

2018 The Grower Project Albariño

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Traditionally grown in the Galicia region of Spain, Albariño is a white winegrape that naturally thrives in semi-arid climate & sandy soils. It is perfectly suited, then, to the Texas High Plains AVA. This 100 percent Albariño is sourced from MAW Vineyard in Lubbock County,  which has been farmed by the Rowden family for four generations. 2018 Grower Project Albariño shows enticing flavors of fresh citrus & herbs on a refreshing palate. Only 200 cases produced.

2017 The Source Sangiovese

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A soft yet focused wine featuring bright red fruit amid delicate tannins, this wine is made from 100 percent Sangiovese. Farmed by a husband-and-wife team, Letkeman Vineyard sprawls across 10 acres of red clay  and caliche soil in Gaines County, Texas, at an elevation of 3,500 feet. After harvest, fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged in neutral French barrels for 8 months.