About Umbra Winery
Umbra Winery is a Texas winery based in Little Elm, Texas. Our tasting room is located at 415 S. Main Street in Grapevine, Texas. The winery was established in 2005 as Crossroads Winery and the current owner, John Wilson and his wife Debbie, have owned it since January 2013.
What and Who is Umbra?
The astronomical definition of umbra is “the completely dark portion of the shadow cast by the earth, moon, or other body during an eclipse”. The Umbra logo is essentially the image of two heavenly bodies that meet and while scientific, is also quite beautiful. Mr. Wilson, a chemical engineer by education, rebranded under the Umbra name in 2014, adds a fresh view that has expanded operations to Grapevine and exposed Umbra’s wines to a larger audience with retailers such as Market Street and Kroger.
Umbra produces approximately eight wines and now Honey Mead! Mead is an ancient form of wine made with honey and appeals to wine and beer drinkers alike! Umbra Winery at La Buena Vida Vineyards Springtown has eight varietals of mature vines that will soon add Texas Estate Wines such as Tempranillo and Viogneir to the portfolio. Their offerings include award winners such as Umbra Pinot Gris that won Gold in its class at Houston International in 2014. The Cabernet, Syrah, Merlot blend also placed (bronze) at Houston International, won second in the Red category at GrapeFest (2014) and bronze at Texsom 2015. Both wines are distributed to retail outlets such as Tom Thumb and Market Street with more added monthly. In 2016, Umbra added a selection of imported Old World Wines to our offerings to provide guests a wider array of choices when visiting our tasting room. From a lovely Chilean Chardonnay, a refreshing German Riesling, an Italian Moscato and organic Primitivo from Puglia Italy, a delicious Malbec from Argentina, and a Pinot Noir from France, these offerings were carefully selected by the winemaker from boutique wineries to showcase varietals from those countries. Pairing with the Euro style tapas menu, it is a natural fit for Umbra Winery. They also offer an array of fun, fruity Champagne Cocktails! During the holidays, you’ll find the aroma of mulled wine wafting about and in the hot Texas summer months, the winearita machine and freshly made Sangrias will keep you cool and satisfied!
Umbra Wine Club is a fantastic way to experience Umbra wines all year round! With exclusive perks such as previews of new releases, special events, trips and more, it makes a great gift for yourself and others. Wine club members receive 2 bottles of wine every other month (Winemaker selection). Click here to download the application and learn more about our wine club member benefits.
Where Art Meets Science
Winemaking is truly both an art and a science and we here at Umbra blend the two in all we do. Our Grapevine tasting room has interactive jars that allow customers to experience the “nose” of our wines and test their know-how of the aromatic notes. There is a distinctive cool, yet relaxing European vibe in our tasting room reminiscent of some of the urban Enotecas (wine bars) found in and around Italy or Spain. The uplit bar created by Luminexa, is a beautiful golden ray of colored stones, adding a warm ray of “sun” to the room.
The Umbra Tasting Room Experience
Our menu created in concert with Italian Chef Domenico showcases some traditional tapa favorites that pair well with our wines. From the delicious Bruschetta to the Tuscan Way (burrata cheese with olives) to the Take The Cannoli, there is something for your fancy. Our décor includes photo art of some well-known Italian actors back in their hay day – maybe you can spot who they are! The European element is a familiar feel for Wilson’s wife, Debbie, who spent many years living and traveling in Europe. When the two honeymooned in Chianti and Tuscany in 2013, Wilson too fell in love with “La Dolce Vita”.
Coincidentally, it’s only fitting that these two met at a wine tasting…the rest is history!
Retail Wine Shop
Our tasting room displays our array of wines that may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case. We also offer tastings and flights to enjoy with friends. A small retail “shop” carries wine accessories, local chocolates and fun retail items for gifts. More extensive fun gift finds can be found during the holidays!
When you come to Umbra, we want you to experience a relaxing time enjoying great wine, delicious food and wonderful friends, be they old or new!For without any of these things, life would be a lot less fun, don’t you agree? Cheers!
News & Events
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