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Moira McCue
March 3, 2022 | Moira McCue

Happy Harvest Hosts

Harvest Host

We became a Harvest Hosts location in December of 2020. Since then we have had dozens of RV’ers from all over the country. Being right off a busy highway (US 84 E & US 183 S), we’re accustomed to having out of town guests but now they’re coming from much farther locations! There is a sign over our entrance, “Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends.” That has become far more than a phrase but our motto. In the beginning, we didn’t realize the relationships we would make and the stories we would learn. 

It’s been fun since the start. One of our first guests had a vintage GMC Motorhome from the 70’s like the one in the movie Stripes. It was very cool. Since then we have all sizes stay over. The best part is that we get the chance to know almost all campers. It’s been fun learning their story and sharing ours. A number of them are full-timers (they have sold their house and are permanent RV’ers). The majority are just recreational travelers, many from Texas. We had a couple that sold their house and were traveling the country looking for their new home. Another guest from AZ bought a motorhome in SC and learned how to RV on his way back, their stories were so funny. There was a sweet family from Delaware that sold their chicken farm and were touring the country with their 3 young children.

So What is Harvest Hosts? It’s a RV membership program (recreational vehicle – motorhomes or campers) that allows its members to boondock (self-contained) overnight at a location that is safer than most parking lots and roadside rest stops. You pay an annual membership fee to get access to the nearly 3,000 locations. There is no charge to stay the night at the host locations, you’re just asked to patronize the host with a purchase. Most of our guests use it as a stop on the way to their destination. It’s been referred as the Airbnb for camping. 

Host locations are not required to provide electric or water hook-ups or dump stations. You’ll need to be able to make it over night with a generator and the water you bring. FYI some locations do offer hook-ups for a small fee. 

In June of 2021 Harvest Hosts acquired Boondockers Welcome. 

Want to join Harvest Host:

Here’s what some of our Harvest Hosts guests have said about their stay with us:

"Spirit of Texas Winery is a fun place to stay. Great wine, really cute merchandise, unique decor and architecture. Brian and Moira went above and beyond the call of duty to accommodate us. They are also really supportive of other local businesses which made shopping and sightseeing enjoyable." ~Helen D

"We stopped for the night on our way to Seminole Canyon SP and couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. Brian and Moira were gracious and friendly hosts, we thoroughly enjoyed chatting with them while enjoying a few glasses of wine. The food is great, we had the spicy pimento cheese dip and a pizza. The parking area is large with packed gravel and is pretty level. Even though it's close to the road, it was very quiet other than the occasional coyote howls in the distance. We would definitely stop here again!" ~tFlyingSquirrel

"BEST WINE EVER! The owners are passionate and know how to make some paninis as well! The vibe is inviting and relaxed and we will definitely be staying here again." ~Gareth G


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Moira McCue
November 13, 2021 | Moira McCue

Have you seen the Mural Trail in Brownwood TX?

Have you seen the Mural Trail in Brownwood TX?

Looking for something to do during your visit to Brownwood, TX? There is a growing list of murals all around Brown County. The arts community in Brownwood is continuing to grow thanks in part to the Brownwood Arts Association and many other local artists.

If you follow the mural trail, you’ll get a nice tour of the area and it’s guaranteed to brighten your day! Make sure to post them on social media and tag them #brownwoodmuraltrail

More are coming! We are planning on adding one or two more to our property. Let us know if you have any suggestions! The Mural Trail list as of 11/13/2021:

  1. Cactus Mural by Calina Mishay Johnson
  2. Painted Poppies
  3. Sunflower Mural by Amanda Coers
  4. Texas Flag Wall
  5. Limited Coffee
  6. Cat & Fish Mural by Amanda Coers
  7. i love you & wine so much Wall
  8. Intermission Bookshop Mural by Amanda Coers
  9. Gebberdt’s Soup Mural
  10. Butterfly Wall by Amanda Coers
  11. Health Department Mural by Amanda Coers
  12. Colorful Cactus by Amanda Coers
  13. Colorful Longhorn
  14. Vintage Truck
  15. Run Wild Mural by Calina Mishay Johnson
  16. Angel Wings Mural by Amanda Coers
  17. Flying Pigs Mural by Amanda Coers
  18. Mark Twain Quote Wall

Here’s a link to the Visit Brownwood Mural Trail Map 

Some not yet listed:

  • The wall mural on the Red Wagon restaurant by Tony Bryant
  • Praying soldier at the Central Texas Memorial Wall by Christine Brisley
Time Posted: Nov 13, 2021 at 1:05 PM Permalink to Have you seen the Mural Trail in Brownwood TX? Permalink Comments for Have you seen the Mural Trail in Brownwood TX? Comments (2)
Moira McCue
October 13, 2021 | Moira McCue

It's A Texas Wine Thing

October is Texas Wine Month. Texas Wineries have finished their 2021 grape harvest and are preparing for their next steps in the wine making process. Did you know that Texas has over 400 wineries and 18 wine trails throughout the state? There are a few great web resources for Texas Wine;

Uncork Texas Wines created by the Texas Department of Agriculture for a thorough listing of Texas wineries, wine events and Texas wine information/news

Texas Wine Lover created by Texas Wine Blogger Jeff Cope is another recommended site for a complete list of Texas Wineries, Texas vineyards, Texas Wine Festivals, blog posts, wine competition results and so much more

Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association is a Texas trade association and their website lists participating member wineries, Texas wine information, Texas wine industry events and more

Of the 18 Texas wine trails, we’re members in the Cross Timbers Wine Trail. So no matter where you live in Texas, there are Texas wine events within a short distance. Make it a point to support Texas wine and the Texas Wine industry!

Some additional industry facts: There are over 5,000 acres of grapevines planted in the state and the industry supports over 100,000 jobs. The economic impact for the Texas wine industry is over @13.1 billion dollars! Over 1.7 million tourists visit Texas wineries spending over $700 million. Did you know that the Texas Hill Country now ranks 2nd in wine tourism in the US, following Napa Valley, CA? Texas wines are gaining acclaim in wine competitions too, most notably at the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

We got the grapes too! There are 8 AVA’s (American Viticultural Area) in Texas. The Texas Hill Country AVA is the 2nd largest viticultural area in the US covering over 9 million acres! The majority of our grapes come from the Texas High Plains AVA, covering over 8 million acres. Here are some of the grape varietals that we have been so lucky to showcase: Montepulciano, Roussanne, Trebbiano, Aglianico, Malvasia Bianca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Dolcetto, Tempranillo and many others! What are your favorites?

Finally, the most important fact in the Texas wine industry… There are more wineries outside of the Fredericksburg area then in it! All kidding aside, most everyone knows about the Texas Hill Country Wineries, but there are wineries all over the state. So plan your Texas winery road trips and let us know how it goes.

Bonus Fact: We attended the Plano Food + Wine Festilval on Oct 9th, 2021. It was the first wine festival that we were able to work together since we've opened the winery 4.5 years ago!

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Moira McCue
August 25, 2021 | Moira McCue

We’re coming to you at these Texas Wine Festivals

Texas wine festivals are great opportunities for us because they give us a chance to share our wines outside of our winery. Last year, every wine fest that we had planned on attending, was canceled. So this fall we’re trying to reach out farther. If we’re in your area and you would like to help us at an event, let us know.

Are we still not close to you? We’re always looking for Spirit of Texas Winery ambassadors to help spread the word about us. If you would like to pour our wines at an event near you, let us know!

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Never been to a wine festival? Well then you’re missing out. There are all types; wine & food, wine & music, wine & beer, wine & bacon and more! If you’re looking for wine events, check out the Texas Department of Agriculture’s website or the Texas Wine Blog site

Here’s where we will be the rest of 2021 (updated 8-25-21)

Texas Wine Festival Date Location
Texas Forts Trail Wine Festival 9/11/2021 Menard, TX
Buy Texas Market 9/18/2021 Early, TX
Sipping in the Sunshine 10/2/2021 Comanche, TX
Corks & Caps 10/2/2021 Brownwood, TX
Plano Food & Wine Festival  10/9/2021 Plano, TX
Texas Forts Trail Wine Festival 10/30/2021 San Angelo, TX
Cheers & Charity 11/13/2021 Brady, TX
Granbury Winter Wine Walk 11/20/2021 Granbury, TX
Buy Texas Market 11/20/2021 Early, TX
Sipping Under the Stars   Brownwood, TX
Sip & Stroll 12/11/2021 San Saba, TX
Buy Texas Market 12/18/2021 Early, TX



Moira McCue
August 5, 2021 | Moira McCue

Best Wishes Liz

Liz, Moira & Lisa laughing on Liz's last day

On June 26, 2020; all wineries, breweries & distilleries were closed for the second time. We were allowed to open in August on the premise that we serve food. For our first 3.5 years, we did not have any employees but we quickly realized that we needed help. One of our wine club members said their daughter would be available in November. Liz started the first week of November and quickly fit in!

Most guests thought she was our daughter, so she became our work-daughter. I even made her text her every night to know she made it home safely. She was a natural. She knew most guests by name and which wines they liked. When she told us that she was heading off to nursing school in the fall, tears were shed. We could not have asked for a better first employee. Great things are in your future, we’re so happy for you!

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Moira McCue
July 22, 2021 | Moira McCue

A little bling never hurts

It’s always a little nerve racking when we enter wines into a wine competition. Lots of wines being judged by lots of experts all with different palates. We haven’t entered many wine competitions mostly because we missed the entry deadlines! Since last year, we have entered our wines into four. The results have so exceeded our expectations especially since all of our wines are so young.  

Both our 2018 & 2019 Welcome dry white wine has been so well received. It by far is our most awarded wine we’ve produced and both were so different. The 2018 was a Trebbiano & Vermentino blend and the 2019 was a Malvasia Bianca & Viognier blend.

The 2019 was awarded Class Champion, Texas Class Champion and a Double Gold. To receive a Double Gold, the wine was a unanimous gold choice by all judges. 

To see a list of all of our award winners, click here

Here’s a recap of our 2020 & 2021 awards:

21st Annual Finger Lakes International Wine and Spirits Competition 
2 Silvers
1 Bronze 

2021 Rodeo Uncorked!® International Wine Competition 
1 Double Gold
1 Gold
1 Class Champion
2 Texas Class Champions
3 Silvers
1 Bronze

2020 Lone Star International Wine Competition  
1 Grand Star 
1 Best in Category
4 Golds
1 Silver
4 Bronzes

2020 Texas International Wine Competition
2 Golds
2 Bronzes

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Moira McCue
July 9, 2021 | Moira McCue

1st Annual Spirit of Texas Winery Photo Contest Winner

Liz and Cris submission Spirit of Texas the Michelangelo of wines

In June we held our 1st annual photo contest. We wanted photos in front of our i love you & wine so much wall. So you could use your old photo, come out and take one or even add the wall to an existing photo. We had plenty of entries and it was difficult to pick a winner. Liz & Cris really got creative with their winning submission ‘Spirit of Texas the Michelangelo of wines’! We want to thank everyone for your entries and keep a look out for next year’s contest.

Spirit of Texas Winery Photo Contest submissions



Time Posted: Jul 9, 2021 at 6:39 PM Permalink to 1st Annual Spirit of Texas Winery Photo Contest Winner Permalink
Moira McCue
May 27, 2021 | Moira McCue

Is it really already May?

News Flash! Our January resolution to write more frequent blogs = #fail.

So here we are in May already and so much has happened already.

In Mid-December, we became a Harvest Host location. Since then, we’ve hosted over 20 RV’s. It’s been such a fun experience for us, meeting people from all over the county (WI, FL, CA, AZ, CO, AR, MO, GA, PA, NJ & TX).

Oh and we’re back to hosting events too. Don’t miss our Pot Luck Sunday’s. They’re on the last Sunday of each month. It’s so good to have our regulars back; Pixie Plum, Mixin it Up Arts & Christine instructing art/craft events. Plus Wine Festivals are starting back! It’s our opportunity to pour our wines around the state. Check our calendar for all of our upcoming events.

Giving back to our community has always been important to us. In March we scheduled our 1st March Gladness. We matched money we collected for 4 local charities (Good Samaritan Ministries, CASA in the Heart of Texas, The Ark & Brownwood Animal Shelter). We raised donated over $2,000 and also were a Soup-er Bowl Champ sponsor for GSM. Plus some other silent auction items and other donations.

New Releases: We’ve released 6 wines already this year and have a few more coming. Hope you had chance to taste our: 2019 Dolcetto, 2019 Home Town, 2019 Estrella Blanca, 2019 Rip Roaring, 2019 Viognier and our fun carbonated Pizazz.

We celebrated our 4th anniversary in April, and we survived the Texas snowpocalypse in February!

Time Posted: May 27, 2021 at 1:59 PM Permalink to Is it really already May? Permalink
Moira McCue
February 10, 2021 | Moira McCue

2020 Oh What a Year

This recap has become more of our way to recount and immortalize what transpired in 2020 than a regular blog post. If we would have read this a year ago, we would have laughed at our over-the-top attempt at fictional writing.

Don't miss the video at bottom of post!

2020 was our 3rd year open but it was more stressful than our first two years combined. We were closed down not once but twice and were restricted to to-go only sales for an extended period of time.

Highway 183, the highway outside our entrance had very little traffic as compared to normal. People just weren’t traveling when the pandemic started. Prior to the shutdown, we could have 5-15 new (first time) guests on any given Saturday. For the entire month of April, we only had 6 new guests. Things were so slow; we reduced our hours to Friday through Sunday (after being open 6 days per week). When we were allowed to re-open, we weren’t even able to offer samples of our wines; just to-go orders. This made purchasing our wine challenging for first time customers.

Loneliness was hard on everyone. We took advantage of every chance we could to visit. When guest would come to pick-up their wines, it would become a time to catch up. For curbside service, Moira would take out their order and stand outside their car window talking for 20-30 minutes almost every time. Wine Down Wednesday on Facebook Live became another way for us to connect with our community. In late May we were allowed to open at 50% capacity inside. Sales picked up and June started as a good month. That was until the next second closure on June 26th.

In late August we had the option to open with the requirement of submitting paperwork to become a restaurant. Brian has an entrepreneur’s heart and it is because of his determination that we opened and were able to start serving. This was not an easy project. It resulted in our having to buy equipment and restructure our back room to accommodate food service. Brian took on the task of being the cook. Most weekend evenings he has had to be in the back – not where he prefers, but he has become quite the cook. Some of his creations, like the bacon wheel and chalupa pizza, have become quite popular. Serving food allowed us to be open, but with just the two of us it was wearing us out. The food prep, cleaning and dishes were overwhelming at times. In November we hired our first employee. We are so happy to have Liz as apart of our Spirit of Texas family. She is energetic, friendly, and great to work with. She has helped us make this transition easier.

There were many bright spots in the year. We couldn’t have made it through the year without the support of so many, especially our community. Our Wine Club Members had a major impact in helping us get through the challenges. Even when they were unable to try the wines, they trusted us and continued to support us.  

Here are some highlights of the year:

  • We released a record for us of 8 Texas wines

  • We won some awards!

  • Converted a shipping container into a refrigerated wine storage

  • Added our very cool Roof Top Winery sign

In spite of everything, we still continued to support our local non-profits. We donated or raised just over $10,000 for the year. Here were a few of the events we hosted:

  • Good Samaritan Ministries Empty Bowl Painting

  • April 5% of Sales

  • Memorial Day Weekend for the VFW

  • 4th of July for Corinne T Smith Animal Shelter

  • BBQ for Hero’s – Local Volunteer Fire Departments

So what’s in store for 2021? We’re focusing on exterior improvements:

  • Expanding our parking area and new exit

  • Enhancing back patio area

  • Property-wide landscaping projects & clean up

  • Planting ½ acre of grapes

  • Planting ½ acre of lavender

2020 was definitely a learning experience. No contingency plan could have prepared for this. It challenged us to be creative and try some things we never would have done. We had so many people that stood by us and continued to support us all year. We are forever grateful!


Video: 2020 at Spirit of Texas Winery

Time Posted: Feb 10, 2021 at 8:20 AM Permalink to 2020 Oh What a Year Permalink
Moira McCue
June 4, 2020 | Moira McCue

We Made It To June!

  •  We Made it to June!
  •  Have you set up your online account?
  •  New 100% Texas Wine Releases
  • New Stuff
  •  New Projects
  • Hours

We Made it to June!

Whew, but we’re not even halfway into 2020! Through all of this, we’ve seen the strength of our community. Brown County has some amazing people, that are proud to call this area home. As are we.

If you’re new or visiting, checkout our Around Town page. It lists things to see and places to eat and stay.

Have you set up your online account?

We just launched our new website ( Have you set up your online account yet? The new store is much easier to use and there’s more coming! 

New 100% Texas Wine Releases

We just released the 3rd bottling of our crowd favorite Blush as well as our new 100% Picpoul Blanc (tropical bouquet but a wonderfully clean finish).

Upcoming releases: 2nd bottling of the Welcome White, a blend of Malvasia & Viognier. This dry white has a lovely floral bouquet and a finish that leaves you wanting more.

We’re excited to release Aged to Reflection 2. Comprising of Montepulciano, Aglianico, Tempranillo, Dolcetto and a few others, this dry red blend will surprise you with its complexity.

Our last June release has been requested for weeks! Our 2nd bottling of Peached Up will also be released in June. We had a trial run of this in December, and have been getting requests for more ever since. It’s a sweet white with natural peach flavorings. Pairs perfect with summer!!

We also have a 100% Texas Roussanne. It’s a dry white that we plan on releasing in the fall.

There’s more! We’re bottling 3 more dry reds this month. We’re excited about our 100% Texas Sangiovese. We hope to release it in December. The others are Aged to Reflection 3 and a 100% Texas Aglianico that will be released next year.

In the next few weeks, we’ll find out what’s available from the Texas grape growers and make our plans for what we’ll be bottling in 2021. We’re going to need more space! :)

New Stuff

We have some new logo hats coming in. The design will have our logo on the side. Brian says this is the cool look now!

Last month we added these fun ‘I Love Texas Wine’ shirts in crew and v-neck. They’re both Bella Canvas and very soft, especially the tri-blend v-neck.

We’re also stocking up on our bottle chillers. These have been the best wine accessory we’ve had!

New Projects

Our highlight of 2020 is the Roof Top Winery sign! We love it!!

We added a 40’ shipping container that we converted into a large walk-in wine cooler. We’re adding a 40’ ‘car port’ to it to store the farm equipment.

We hung some more items inside the tasting room and have added a bunch of LED lights on the patio & fence line.

We have a few more projects that we’re hoping to start soon. Stay tuned for what’s in store!


For 3 years we were open almost every day. After the shutdown, we reduced our hours and have gotten kind of used to them! So here are our current hours:

Time Posted: Jun 4, 2020 at 11:20 AM Permalink to We Made It To June! Permalink
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