La Cruz de Comal Winery is located in the beautiful hill country of New Braunfels. This Texas Hill Country winery has a special significance to me. The winery is owned by good friend Lewis Dickson, and my son Gordon worked there one summer. Lewis is one of a kind, a true renaissance man. He picked out a beautiful piece of land near New Braunfels to locate his winery. He had craftsmen build custom log and stone buildings for the winery. All of the logs were made from trees located on the ranch. Lewis wanted the winery to reflect our Texas heritage. The bathroom is even located in an outhouse near the home.
Winemaker/Owner Lewis Dickson
As a winemaker Lewis is responsible for creating some of Texas finest wines. He has the help of legendary winemaker Tony Coturri of Coturri Wines. Tony is known as one of the first winemakers to use natural winemaking in California. Together this duo is producing wines under two labels. The Dickson label is used for wines made using grapes from the ranch; the La Cruz de Comal label is used for wines made from purchased grapes.
The pictures were taken after volunteer pickers finished for the day. The La Cruz de Comal grape pickers are an eclectic mix of Texas individuals. You have high profile attorneys, story tellers, photographers, artists, architects, winemakers, real estate broker (myself), and just plain characters working in the Texas heat for their good friend Lewis. A good time was had by all.