1851 Vineyards, an up and coming winery in the Texas Hill Country, is located on Highway 16 in Fredericksburg, Texas. Carl Hilmar Guenther started building Pioneer Flour Mills on the property in 1851, only to relocate later in downtown San Antonio, after floods washed away his mill. While the mill, once located on the edge of the Live Oak Creek no longer exists, the original barn, main house, guest house, and smokehouse built on the heart of the property still remain today and serve as a Texas Historical Landmark.
In 1964 the land was acquired by Van Chester and Peggye Pagel Brown. Van and Peggye, while raising their three children, used the land primarily for farming until the late 1990’s. During this time Peggye became interested in wine making and crafted the first family produced wines. After their death, the land was divided between the three children and Dabs Brown Hollimon inherited the current vineyard land. John Hollimon, being guided by his daughters saw the vineyard vision and knew his wife would help to make it happen. In 2013, the family quickly began work combining the spirit of the barn, the farming done by the Browns, and the emerging Texas wine market, to start a vineyard on the property. In 2016 both the vineyard and the winery began official production.
1851 Vineyards was started by John and Dabs Brown Hollimon but could not have come this far without the support of their family, old friends, and the many new friends met along the way. In April 2013, the first vines were planted, and more have been added each year. The current 16 planted acres include Cabernet, Tannat, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, and Alvarinho. The family strives to use sustainable farming practices to produce the highest quality grapes for wine making.
1851 Vineyards welcomes you to come and experience a little slice of heaven which has been part of the family for over a half-century, and served as a rich part of Fredericksburg history for even longer. Join us on our journey as we create Estate Wines from our growing vineyard and look to meet you under the century old oaks to enjoy the fruits made possible by many generations of labor.