If you are looking for a family-friendly atmosphere, a relaxed patio setting, a great place for a picnic, a Texas winery and vineyard, an outdoor wedding venue or just looking for things to do near Fort Worth, Lost Oak Winery is a perfect option.
We are a family-owned and operated winery just south of Fort Worth. Our desire is to provide you with a relaxed place to enjoy good, quality Texas wine, wine tastings and entertainment. We'd love to host your shower, birthday, wedding, or your Friday night out. Check out some of our hosted events.
We are located in Burleson in close proximity to Fort Worth hotels, Fort Worth Convention Center, the Stockyards, Sundance Square, Mansfield, Arlington, Cleburne and the entire DFW metroplex! Although a short trip, it will feel like you've left the city behind. Our winery and vineyard offer a picturesque setting located on the banks of Village Creek with five acres of cultivated vineyards, stately oak trees and winding walking paths; spend the afternoon here!
Gene Estes, President and Vintner, was born and raised in Abilene, Texas - home of three religious universities, designated a dry precinct, and one had to drive 150 miles to buy an alcoholic beverage. This probably had something to do with his decision to start making wines from Concord grape juice at the age of 23. Gene made his first wine in 1963 in a garage from Concord grape juice. It exploded. Then, after returning from Vietnam in 1966, he entered graduate school at Texas Tech University and earned a Masters of Science degree in Microbiology.
After pharmaceutical jobs in Houston and North Carolina, and finally at Alcon Labs in Fort Worth, Texas, he bought property in Burleson, purchased wine grape vines and put them in pots until he could plant them. He served on the Board and was President of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association in 2008. In addition, he chaired their Education and Research Committee.
Anyone who meets Gene senses his passion, enthusiasm and energy to grow wine grapes and produce excellent wines in Texas - perhaps the most hostile environment in the world to do so - but as Gene claims, it is a testament to the Texas mentality of doing the impossible.
Roxanne Myers, Gene's stepdaughter, General Manager, received a B.S. degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology in 2001 from University of Wisconsin. Sold reference books door to door for Southwestern in 2001 and 2002 and earned sales person of the year in spite of the fact that anyone can download encyclopedias on line. She became a Medical Sales Rep. for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in 2004. For the next five years, she lived in Ecuador where she has traveled, achieved fluency in Spanish, worked in sales and taught English to natives. She began at Lost Oak Winery in February 2007.
Jim Evans has been harvesting grapes and making wine in Texas since 1981. Jim graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in 1984. He went to work making wine for the University of Texas Experimental Viticulture and Enology program in 1985 and continued in that position until 1996. In 1996 Jim began making wine for Robert and Jamey Wolf of Lost Oak Vineyards which became a commercial winery operation in 1999.
In 2006, Jim began working with Gene and Judy Estes of Lost Oak Winery in Burleson. In 1997 Jim was awarded the Louis F. Qualia Award by the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association for his work with home winemakers across Texas. In 2003 Jim also received from TWGGA the John E. Crosby Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim is co-author, along with Nancy Barrus, of the book "A Handbook for Wine and Must Analysis."
In 2011, Jim celebrated 30 years of winemaking in Texas. He claims, that wine is made in the vineyard. A winemaker should just guide the process and not interfere too much. Let the wine be an expression of the grape.
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Bringing together 3 Texas Wineries from Burleson, Comanche, and Lubbock under one roof in scenic Fredericksburg wine country.
Where to Buy Lost Oak Wine
In addition to our Tasting room, Lost Oak wines can be found in stores throughout the State of Texas. Click here to find a store near you!