Real estate in Austin, Texas, is booming. So, as new properties are being built, developers try to find ways to stand out to prospective buyers. Driftwood Golf & Ranch Club’s solution? Have a 70-acre vineyard on the property where residents can bottle their own private wine.
One of the latest properties from private community real estate developer Discovery Land Company, the 800-acre enclave has a list of incredible amenities like an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a picturesque lake, clubhouse, kids’ area, and fine dining options. That’s in addition to the signature Outdoor Pursuits program offered at all Discovery properties, where a recreation concierge can set up fishing, hiking, tubing, zip-lining, and more. But wine lovers get the extra treat at this outpost.
Spanning over 70 acres with plans to add around 50 more acres, members can lease rows of grapes to create their private-label wine. They will be guided through tasting and selecting preferred flavors by choosing the final bottle and creating a personalized label. There is no worry for members about how the grapes should be tended to – the on-hand staff care for the entire vineyard. What’s more, are some of the residences actually have the vineyard as their backyard.
And the area is the perfect climate for winemaking. There are dozens of vineyards, giving it the name “Napa Valley of Texas.” Driftwood’s vineyard was initially planted by the Roberts family of Salt Lick BBQ as a 35-acre plot in 2006 and first bottled in 2009. The vineyard doubled in size to 70 acres quickly afterward. In 2019, Driftwood harvested 70 tons of grapes between all of its varietals. There are currently 14 varietals grown on the property, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Aglianico, Mourvedre, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Syrah, and Grenache. Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo are the most planted in Texas.
While Driftwood is the only Discovery property to have a vineyard, Silo Ridge Field Club in the Hudson Valley has incredible locally sourced, farm-to-table culinary options with a homegrown organic garden on the property. Other locations include Hawaii, Tennessee, Mexico, California, and more.