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Who we are

Prior to their partnership, both Bill and Chris had numerous years of experience growing grapes in Texas. Since the two established the William Chris Vineyards brand, a beautiful story continues to be written. Not only driven by the passion of our founders but also the community they continue to build as the business grows. Our vineyard partners, winemakers, and team members make Bill and Chris's vision a reality.

Winemaking

Bill and Chris are committed to a level of quality that represents the very best of Texas in each new vintage. It is with confidence in their process and pride in their families, community, and this special place, that they inscribe each bottle of William Chris with this greeting: We are pleased to share a piece of our world.
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Filling Barrels in the Winery

 


Meet our Winemakers

 
Chris Brundrett has established a career in the Hill Country as one of the state's fastest rising young winegrowers. While earning a horticulture degree from Texas A&M, Chris spent time in the Hill Country, acquiring experience in the winery and the vineyard. He then quickly proceeded to take on head winemaking responsibilities for several wine labels, managing vineyard properties in both the Hill Country and the High Plains. In 2010, he planted the Brundrett Family Estate vineyard with his father Bruce in San Angelo, which will produce winegrapes exclusively for William Chris.

Chris Brundrett

Co-Founder & Director of Winemaking

Tony Offill, winemaker for William Chris Vineyards, has been in the Texas wine industry for the past six years.  During his tenure at Texas Tech University, Offill completed serval harvests in the Texas High Plains, where he developed a passion for winemaking and winegrowing. He has since taken his passion for the craft and has worked to enhance the quality of Texas wines throughout the state.  Offill relocated to the Texas Hill Country in January 2016 and joined the William Chris Vineyards team the following year.

Tony Offill

Wine Maker

Tyler Wolz came to William Chris in 2013 from Illinois where he was a college football player. Tyler has done many jobs at William Chris from working in the vineyard to the crush pad and is now our Cellar Master. In his free time, Tyler enjoys playing several different instruments as well as handcrafting chainmail jewelry you can find in our tasting room.

Tyler Wolz

Cellar Master

Our Winemaking Philosophy

When it comes to wine, location matters. That's why William Chris Vineyards has joined with 23 of the leading wine regions of the world to support Truth in Labeling as a part of the global Wine Origins initiative. We support global efforts to uphold the integrity of each winegrowing region and their place names.
 
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“We built William Chris Vineyards off the idea that quality wine is not made, it is grown.”


– Chris Brundrett
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Our Winemaking Process

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Fruit Selection

While Bill manages our Hill Country vineyard operations, Chris spends a considerable amount of time in the Texas High Plains working with our vineyard partners throughout the growing season. Chris spends his time monitoring fruit quality while nurturing our relationships with the best winegrowers in the state of Texas.

Thoughtful winemaking begins with the harvest. Timing of each pick requires an understanding of chemistry coupled with a well-developed palate, and a bit of good old fashioned farmer’s intuition. Each harvest also depends heavily on mother nature as weather patterns have a substantial impact on the balance of acidity, sugar content, and flavor profiles in a finished wine. 

Wine Flowing

Processing

In the Cellar, Bill and Chris trust each wine to come into its own with as little intervention as possible. After fruit is harvested, destemmed, crushed, and pressed our winemakers use the pre-industrial method of open-air fermentation whenever possible. 

Each day multiple punchdowns are done by hand facilitating a delicate maceration process during fermentation. Once each wine has been barreled (or transferred to a concrete tank) to age, we practice minimal handling. As a result, most of our wines take on increasing complexity and depth for years to come.

Barrel Room at William Chris Vineyards

Aging

Our still wine is racked with the goal of minimum air contact over a 12-18 month period. Our barrel program consists of high-quality French, American, and Eastern European oak. We use first to third-year barrels with varying levels of toast matched to the needs of each varietal. 

Chris and his team are thought leaders in the Texas wine industry when it comes to aging techniques. In addition to oak barrels they also age wines in concrete tanks. Because of their exemplary use of concrete aging technique, we are proud to have the United States' very first Galileo Tank imported from Bordeaux, France exclusively for William Chris Vineyards.

Chris Brundrett Blending Rosé

Blending

In the Cellar, Bill and Chris trust each wine to come into its own with as little intervention as possible. While Bill and Chris meticulously age single varietals, they also understand the importance of blending. 

With each varietal's strengths in mind, Bill and Chris work to showcase authentic expressions of each particular vintage. Their primary goal is to consistently craft wines that are both balanced and emphasize the flavors that are unique to the terroir where the grapes are grown.

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Bottling

In 2016 we added a state of the art bottling line to our winery operations. Once the bottling line is set to accommodate the unique volume and shape of the bottles they are taken off the manufacturer's pallet and  fed into the machine. A conveyor system moves them through the process.

First, they have carbon dioxide blasted into them to reduce the oxygen level within the bottle, then they go through the filler which also injects a small amount of inert gas on top to keep the wine from oxidizing in the bottle. Finally, the bottles get a cork or screw cap and pass through the labeler. At the end of the line, each bottle is inspected by our crew members then packed into cases - ready for sale.


Hye Society Wine Club

As a Hye Society wine club member, you receive four special releases per year and have the first option to purchase future releases. You'll also receive invitations to members-only release parties, first access to paired wine dinners, and exclusive access to our Hye Society Tasting Room (reservation required), option to purchase limited production, members-only wines, complimentary glass or tasting.

Wine club releases occur in February, April, September, and November.

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