Our Winemaker

Meet Penny Adams

Wedding Oak Winery is committed to making Texas wines that celebrate our Texas terroir and wine-growing conditions. Hiring a native Texan to make the wine helps us do that. We are fortunate to have our friend, mentor and Texas wine industry pioneer serve as our Master Wine Maker.

Background

Penny S. Adams, is a passionate promoter of Texas wine. She completed her B.S. in Horticulture from Texas A&M and earned her M.S in Agriculture-Plant Science with a specialty in Viticulture from California State University-Fresno. Adams became the first Texas Woman Wine Master, when she developed, operated and co-owned Cypress Valley Vineyard and Winery in Blanco Country from 1981-1986. Cypress Valley, a 5,000 case winery, garnered numerous awards and medals in competitions around the U.S.

Experience

As a vineyard and winery consultant in Texas, Adams has worked with many prospective and now successful commercial operations. She knows that quality wines begin in the vineyard. Adams is experienced in all aspects of viticulture – from site and varietal selection through proper pruning techniques, controlled irrigation, canopy management and careful harvesting.

An Educator

Adams has taught classes on wine grape growing at Grayson County College and Austin Community College. Beginning in 2006, she worked as Viticulture Advisor for Agrilife Extension, Texas Hill Country. With more than 100 current commercial vineyards in her region, she helped growers produce quality fruit for production of premium wines. Adams joined Wedding Oak Winery in 2012.

A Talented Winemaker

Adams consistently make wines of distinction. Taking cues from classic old world wine, she blends complimentary grapes and uses minimal oak aging to let the grapes express their true qualities. We’re proud to bring you quality her wines that are Texas through-and-through.

Adams loves teaching others about wine and grape growing. For her winemaking philosophy, wine or grape questions, see our Winemaker’s blog.