"Undiscovered Texas: Glamping, Ghost Towns, Wineries, and Beyond" "...and the natural-wine-focused Southold Farm + Cellar are just three that are worth a visit."
"But my last appointment proved to be the most spectacular. Southold Farm and Cellar has one of the most stunning hilltop views in the entire Hill Country. The tasting room sits atop a lofty rise that offers a panoramic view of the region. Surprisingly, the winery got its start in Long Island in 2012 but transitioned to Texas' warmer climes in 2016, and winemaker Regan Meador has swiftly garnered a following for his lively, low-intervention wines. As I gazed out over rolling hills from the cozy porch swing of the farmhouse tasting room, I savored his nutty, skin-fermented Sing Sweet Things Albariño and thought to myself that when it came to Southold, New York's loss was definitely our gain."
...sampling unique regional varietals, like Albariño at Southold Farm + Cellar.
"As publications like The New York Times have been quick to exclaim regarding this Long Island transplant: North Fork’s loss is Texas’ gain. After years of battling provincial zoning laws to build a small production space on his property, Regan Meador moved back to his home state intent on reproducing the magic that once made him the toast of New York’s culinary elite (think Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern). With fresh and provocative wines, like its smoky red-white blend, The Lovers & The Dreamers, he’s proving that his wanderlust was certainly justified."
At the top of a hill, behind their modern home (pictured), is the tasting room modeled on a farmhouse that Regan and Carey Meador left behind in Long Island when they returned to Regan’s native Texas in 2016. An arrow marked “wine study” points from the bottom of the slope up to the white farmhouse. It is outfitted with Edison light bulbs and has views across valleys to both the north and south. The couple wanted to continue to make their Southold Farm + Cellar wine, but they knew they’d have to figure out all new grape sources. Yet you’ll find one last vintage from Long Island, Suitably Stunning, a Champagne-style sparkling rosé. Regan is joined in winemaking by Adrienne Ballou, and theirs is of the low-intervention variety, responding to the grapes and the process. Carefully sourced Hill Country fruit undergirds the wines now, but rootstock will be grafted in the spring. Whimsical names like Little Pieces of a Big Soul, made from touriga nacional, or Sing Sweet Things, an albariño, underscore the fact that time and place conspire to make every bottle different. Choose one, and settle into a swing on the back porch.
"I’ve been following Southold from their years on the North Fork of Long Island through their move to Texas. The proprietors, Regan and Carey Meador, have been unwavering in their pursuit of original wines that reflect their place of origin and their own spare aesthetic. This blend of roussanne and grüner veltliner, grown on the High Plains of Texas, is bright and vibrant, with intense earthy, herbal and citrus flavors that are neither complex nor complicated. It’s a true thirst quencher."