The word tour, derived from the Latin for "circle," describes the shape tour groups create as they surround and attack their "guide," which is French for "fact piñata." Obtain candied information by any means necessary with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a tour for two plus a deli credit at Haak Vineyards & Winery in Santa Fe. If redeemed Monday–Thursday, the deli credit is worth $15; Friday–Sunday it's worth $10.
Haak gathers nature's nectar by the barrelful by gingerly milking all foliage on its 25,000-square-foot property. Follow a knowledgeable guide through the maze of fruit-squelching machines, bottling apparati, and rusty toasters. Visitors overlook Haak's fertile "vin-yards" from a spacious outdoor pavilion, marveling at a field teeming with 1800 vines. A bounty of picnicking essentials can be found at the deli, where Boar's Head gruyere gourmet cheese ($5.29 for 8 oz.) and Gourmet Gardens pickled okra ($6.49 for 16 oz.) can help absorb the potent energy drinks offered elsewhere in the building. Haak's hours fluctuate due to special events.
Tours run slightly under an hour; guests under 21 are welcome to tag along for observational purposes free of charge.
Haak Vineyards & Winery
Since 1969, when Gladys Haak gave her husband Raymond two concord grapevines to celebrate their 10th anniversary, the couple's namesake vineyard has flourished into 1,800 vines sprawling across three acres. Galveston County's first and only winery transforms grapes into award-winning potions that have earned the attention of the Houston Press and the Dallas Observer. Whether sipped onsite or at various shops and restaurants, the wines grace glasses with a diverse mélange of local blends.
The vineyard welcomes thirsty visitors with tours of their beautiful vines, 25,000-square-foot winery with a processing area, 1,800-square-foot underground wine cellar, tasting room with wine and merchandise, and deli case stocked with Boar's Head meats and cheese. Frequent guests reap the exclusive benefits of the winery’s club memberships, which include invitations to special events, first tastings, and discounts. An event-ready banquet space also sets the scene for memorable weddings and events.