Tony Offill of William Chris Vineyards Winemaker Profile

Toni Offill

One of the most popular wineries in the Texas Hill Country is William Chris Vineyards. The winemaking team there has been fortunate to have skilled winemakers over the years and the current winemaker is Tony Offill. Tony came to William Chris with an excellent reputation and has proven to deliver fantastic wines. We are proud to feature Tony Offill as this month’s featured winemaker!

What did you do before becoming a winemaker (if anything)?

First career. I started in the cellar while I was in college.

What is the toughest challenge about being a winemaker in Texas?

Weather is the obvious answer. Late frosts, high winds during bloom, heavy rain, or heat waves at almost any time can all shape a vintage. You learn to pivot and take what nature gives you. But the unpredictability can also lead to really special wines.

Is winemaking an art or a science or both?

Both. You need numbers so you can create.

What is your favorite food and wine pairing?

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