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Sippin’ In San Saba

San Saba is proud to be home to several independent businesses that add a great deal to our community. We have some great wineries and restaurants, charming home goods and gift shops, local shop and olive oil providers, several pecan companies, one of Texas’ largest boot companies and, also, one of the country’s largest auction houses. That’s right, all that in a town of 3,000.

As these businesses are part of the fabric of San Saba, we want to take a minute to highlight their contribution to our community.

San Saba’s Award-Winning Wineries

Wedding Oak Winery and Old Man Scary Cellars are two of San Saba’s favorite hangouts. The wineries bring community and visitors together daily for great Texas wine and lively conversation in their relaxed tasting rooms.

Wedding Oak Winery

Wedding Oak Winery – San Saba’s first tasting room – is named for the famed Wedding Oak Tree. The Native Americans that lived in this part of the Texas Hill Country dedicated the lone oak as a ceremonial marriage spot – eventually earning sacred status. Believed to be more than 1,000 years old, the tree is still home to weddings to this day.

Mike and Lynn McHenry, owners of the Wedding Oak Winery, honored the tree’s tradition by naming their new winery after it in 2012. The winery is renowned for its nods to classic old world wines and allowing grapes to express their true qualities through minimal aging. Penny Adams helms the wine-making – most recently as Viticulturist, Director of Vineyard Operations – and is the mastermind behind Wedding Oak’s award-winning portfolio of wines. The vineyard prides itself on producing Texas wine from 100% Texas grown grapes. In fact, McHenry’s grapes supplied many a hill country wine operation until he launched a winery of his own. The winery is a symbol of downtown San Saba’s renaissance!

Old Man Scary Cellars

Old Man Scary Cellars is San Saba’s second – and also award-winning – winery. As happens often up here in San Saba, the winery got its start with the help of some friendly neighbors. Owned by the Hisel family, Old Man Scary was initially an incubator project of Wedding Oak Wine. In fact, Penny Adams also oversees the wine production for Old Man Scary Cellars. The Hisel’s got into the wine business to make – and drink – the best wine possible, cracking as many jokes as they do corks. And we’ll be darned if we don’t love raising a glass of their cabernet over a live show on the patio.

Sippin’ in San Saba

Whereas Wedding Oak is classic, Old Man Scary is whimsical. Their differences make a San Saba trip even more rich with variety. The tasting rooms have become beloved gathering spots. Places to catch up, relax, and enjoy the slow pace of small-town Texas life. Each afternoon, a mix of locals and visiting wine-lovers can be found sipping the latest offerings at the tasting rooms. Thanks to CCTC’s high-speed fiber, both wineries have maintained (and grown) flourishing wine operations, supplying hundreds of wine club members with wine shipments each quarter!

Wedding Oak Winery is open Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 6 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Old Man Scary Cellars is open on Monday and Wednesday (closed Tuesday) from 11 am to 6 pm, Thursday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from noon to 6 pm. They offer wine tastings, bottles, and glass pours and have ample seating to linger over a charcuterie tray from Oliver & Co. Check their websites for live music and special events like wine dinners and brunches. Can’t make it to San Saba? Put in a digital order for a case of wine for worldwide shipping powered by CTTC high-speed fiber.  

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