Texas Legato Winery has been providing a family-friendly environment for five years.
Legato — Italian for a gathering of family and friends — planted its vineyard in 2002 with the idea of producing the finest wine for its customers.
The Lampasas winery is family-owned and all production is done on the premises.
“We fell in love with the winery business and with the great people that come through our doors,” said owner Sulynn Bledsoe. “We are a small, local business that continues to expand its flavors and line of wines.”
Some of those include Chardonnay, Cabernet and Malbec. “Our wines use French oak and American oak to give them a different characteristic,” said Bledsoe. “The French oak gives it the mild, smooth character, and the American will give you the dark cherries, tobacco characteristics.”
Texas Legato Winery currently has nine wines. Bledsoe said one of their most popular blends is called Family Reunion.
They usually sell out of their Malbec and Petite Sirah. “We produce two sweet wines, Sweet Peggy Sue and Sweet Surrender, that people seem to enjoy, and also our GCP Mirtillo, which is a blueberry wine,” she said.
The GCP Mirtillo is semi-sweet and made with blueberries grown at Echo Springs Blueberry Farm. It is processed the same way as the winery’s red wines.
Bledsoe mentioned that not many wineries offer the Texan Malbec, and that’s why it sells so well.
Bledsoe’s passion for the business developed while working in her brother-in-law’s winery and vineyard, located next door. Her husband, Bill, also developed a love of the business, but had a different taste for wine than his identical twin.
“Bill liked producing wines a little bit different from his brother,” said Bledsoe. “It is not an easy job to have a vineyard and a winery but we are fully passionate about it and thank God for helping us through the obstacles along the way.”
The couple began the business with the notion of it being a job six months out of the year, but it has become a 365-day operation, Bledsoe said. Running a winery and vineyard is a challenging job. The wine produced depends on the grape; and Bledsoe tries to use only ones from Texas.
“If you are doing white wines, the grape can take about six to nine months from the time you harvest the fruit until it is ready,” Bledsoe said. “If it is a red grape, it takes a minimum of a year and you want to leave it longer. We are just getting to the point where we can hold our fruit and not take them out the very next year.”
The winery is open Friday through Sunday. “We live in Arlington and every weekend we drive to Lampasas, and this shows our true passion for the business,” she said.
Bledsoe loves the way her business is run and won’t sell her wines anywhere but Lampasas to keep them local. “We don’t want to lose the contact with the people,” she said. “Bill crafts all the wines and that is something that is not seen often.”