Wedding Oak Winery: Seeing the Future in Red Blends and Roussanne for Texas

Seth Urbanek, the winemaker at Wedding Oak Winery, said “I’ve been making wine for ten years. With three vintages here in Texas under my belt, I feel like I’ve got my sea legs under me.” He has seen a lot in those three years in Texas with weather extremes and vintage variability a large part of it. But, he is feeling more at home and able to handle the situations in Texas with a simple but poignant goal: concentrate on making the best wines he can.

We recently talked about two of Urbanek’s winemaking releases: a red blend (Tioja) and the other a single varietal white (Roussanne).

Seth Urbanek – Winemaker at Wedding Oak Winery

Wedding Oak 2019 Tioja, Red Table Wine, Texas Hill Country – 82% Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha, 6% Mazuelo (Carignan), 3% Graciano, 1% Monastrell (Mourvèdre).

My recollection, not having tasted this wine in at least a couple years, was that this 2019 Tioja had more body than when I last tasted it. Seth said, “Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache) have always been the two largest components of this wine serve as the backbone of the blend. They come from grapes grown at Mirasol Vineyard in Lampasas County.”

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