Bending Branch Winery was founded in 2009 by Robert W. Young, M.D., his wife Brenda, and their daughter, Alison. Bending Branch Winery marries Old World winemaking with modern science of Cryo-Maceration and Thermoflash fermentation to make Next World Wines. Dr. Bob uses a combination of whole-berry, or carbonic maceration, and these innovative techniques to extract the best qualities – color, flavor, and tannins – to make bold, but balanced red wines. Bending Branch is most known for Tannat, a grape variety that exceeds expectations in our Texas terroir. We’ve also had great success experimenting with Charbono, Sagrantino, and Souzão, along with perennial favorites of Tempranillo, Malbec, and Mourvedre.
Dr. Bob’s first experiment with Cryo-Maceration resulted in the Top Texas Wine Award at the 2014 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, for his 2011 Estate Tannat. In 2018, Bending Branch Winery was awarded Top Texas Winery at the same competition. Also in 2018, the winery was voted No. 3 Best Tasting Room in USA Today’s 10 Best Awards. Bending Branch Winery has been voted Best Texas Winery FOUR years in a row in the San Antonio Express-News Readers’ Choice Awards – 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.