Offering premium wines and an intimate tasting experience, Calais Winery combines excellence with expression of quality Texas wines. Started in Dallas in 2008, the winery evolved out of Benjamin Calais’ enjoyment of winemaking and desire to craft and share exceptional wines. The new winery was built as a traditional “wine cave” dug into the side of a hill outside of Hye, TX.
Our self-constructed underground space – consisting of winery, cellar and tasting room – is fondly known as The Cave. With tasting room walls made from reclaimed wood siding from an old horse-barn and birch plywood panels throughout the winery, guests catch a glimpse of the same skill and artistry comprising our wines.
Calais Winery ranks as a touchstone experience for visitors in the Texas Hill Country who wish to taste and acquire wines of distinction.
Dry – A dry wine menu.
Because great wine begins in the vineyard, we cultivate strong relationships with Texas grape-growers to ensure that the highest quality fruit goes into our wines. Sourced from the best sites Texas offers, we take a hands-on approach to managing the fruit, including site-selection, variety choice, pruning and training methods, low yields, and determination of harvest dates. All of this equates to high standards leading to top-quality wines. We proudly make our wines from 100% Texas grapes.
Along with superior fruit, Calais uses native yeasts whenever possible to make wines with character and of the highest caliber. The fruit is handled with utmost care throughout winemaking and bottling.
Calais’ attention to detail continues with select and custom-crafted French oak barriques diligently attended to. Limited production makes this kind of care possible across all wines. Next, wines are moved under nitrogen pressure or by gravity without ever being pumped. This kind of élevage – ‘bringing up/rearing’ – only makes sense above a certain quality level as in Calais’ fine wines.