Harvest Hosts is an incredible membership program with a diverse network of available hosts. So far, 1139+ locations have opened their hearts and their homes and/or businesses to members of the Harvest Hosts RV community, allowing them free overnight accommodations in beautiful places across North America. In return, members should plan to make a small purchase to support the small business. One of our amazing hosts is Horseshoe Bend Cellars Vineyard and Winery in Wichita County, Texas. This commercial vineyard specializes in being a commercial vineyard & winery operation set in the quiet countryside. Continue on to learn all about the vineyard’s fascinating history, its origins within the Harvest Hosts program, and what visiting guests can expect to find.
Horseshoe Bend Cellars, formerly known as Wichita Falls Winery, was purchased by Linda and Scott Poenitzsch in Fall of 2017. After spending years in the corporate life, Scott and Linda ventured out into a new journey, purchasing an existing winery operation and revitalizing it.
The winery is family owned and operated. With the help of their children, they were able to turn their dreams into reality. Their youngest, Gabriele, helps out with the day-to-day activities. Adriana manages the marketing and creative aspects. Ashley, their eldest daughter, creates delicious wine pairings and recipes with Horseshoe Bend Cellars wine. Tyler, their oldest son, focuses on the logistics and market research side of the business.
The Business Today
When visitors come out to spend time at the winery, they can experience a glass of wine, while also receiving a tour of the winery and vineyard. Winemakers Scott and Linda will describe the process from grape to glass as you walk around the fermenting, oak barrel aging, and bottling areas. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience in the Wichita Falls area. Available wines include reds, whites, blush wines, dessert wines, meads, and more. In addition to wine tastings, they also offer cheese and charcuterie plates and ice cream with a rich, wine chocolate sauce topping.
In addition to being open for tours and tastings, Horseshoe Bend hosts private events in their banquet room. They also have occasional murder mystery dinners, with three different guest lists available.
“Meeting customers and sharing our vineyard and wine experience is our favorite part of running our business,” according to Scott and Linda.
Joining the Harvest Hosts Program
Horseshoe Bend Cellars Vineyard and Winery joined the Harvest Hosts program about a year ago. They received many members in the first year, which came as a big surprise. They have since gained many new friends, as well. Some have even stopped by for a second visit as they passed through north Texas. Many describe a very quiet night when they stay with Horseshoe Bend, and the hosts want guests to feel like they are at home when they stay overnight. Currently, they offer four pet-friendly spaces for RVs of any size available.
Horseshoe Bend Cellars is an excellent example of a serene and enjoyable Harvest Hosts winery. Be sure to stop by to experience the beauty of the Texas countryside and winemaking process.
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