A lot of people ask " How did two good ole' country boys come about starting a winery?" When most people think of wine and wineries, the first thing that comes to mind is high society and country sides full of vines owned by the rich and prosperous. What few remember, is that before and during prohibition, it was the country folk who made and provided the wines high society came to enjoy. Wine was an everyday part of life for some modest, humble southerners. Winemaking started out with the neighborhood children gathering and stomping the grapes, the casks cleaned and prepared by the honest country wives, and was fine-tuned into the greatest country wines by the "Good ole' Boys". When Jim Collums (Current owner of Poteet Country Winery) and a friend of his got together to start a winery their first thought was not the vast fields of vines in France. No, sir. It was the history of Texas sitting right under their noses.
Jim Collums and A friend came to know each other through a Texas tradition, a community festival to commerate the peak harvest season of strawberries-- The Poteet Strawberry Festival. Collums, a Poteet native, was President of the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association at the time. Denson and his wife and children were avid volunteers and participants within the association. In their dealings with the community, Jim and Bob noticed that the farmers needed a steady outlet of sales for their berries. Berries are not a harsh climate crop and perish quickly if not attended to regularly. The question on Jim and other farmer's minds were what to do with berries that rains had made unsuitable for fresh markets sales.
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Poteet Country Winery 400 Tank Hollow Rd. Poteet, TX 78065 (830) 276-4440