Texas wine company plans $2.5 million winery in Johnson City

A new William Chris Wine Company winery is heading to Johnson City.

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While construction on a new winery isn’t expected to begin until the fall, wine lovers may have already made a stop at the company’s other Hill Country establishments. The William Chris Wine Company is set to open its newest winery, Lost Draw Cellars in Johnson City, according to a Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing.

The new 9,260 square foot winery will be located at 1686 US Highway 290 in Johnson City. Construction is scheduled to begin Sept. 1 and be complete within a year, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2023. The $2.5 million “from-scratch” winery will have a covered porch, a public tasting, retail store, tasting club, barrel storage, offices, kitchen and outdoor bar, according to the announcement.

The William Chris Wine Company was founded in 2020 and is the parent company of William Chris Vineyards, Lost Draw Cellars, Skeleton Key and Grower Project. The Lost Draw Cellars has a location in Fredericksburg at 113 E Park. It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the Lost Draw Cellars website.

William Chris Vineyards is located at 10352 US Highway 290 in Hye, between Johnson City and Fredericksburg, and is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


MySA has contacted William Chris Wine Company for comment on the new winery.

Shirley M. Pinder