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Our Team

The staff at Texas Hills Vineyard is anxious to meet you and educate you about our wines and our winery.  Kathy and Gary are both pharmacists or chemists so we jokingly say “better wine thru chemistry”.  We are very innovative in our approach to winemaking integrating traditional techniques along with modern techniques.

Gary Gilstrap

Owner / Winemaker / Sales

Gary’s chemistry/biochemistry background along with his UC Davis classes ensure that the Texas Hills Vineyard team produces the best wine possible.  Wines produced are acid balanced to create food friendly wines.  He is blessed with a good palate and the wines are a reflection of this trait.

Kathy Gilstrap

Owner / General Manager

Kathy, being very detail oriented, oversees the office and tasting room.  She also works in the winery, bottling line, and the vineyard- wherever extra help is needed.  She is also part of the final tasting team which helps choose the blend that will be bottled.

Dale Rassett

Vineyard Manager / Chief Cellar Rat

Dale ensures that the grapes coming in from the vineyard are the highest quality Texas grapes.  Great Grapes = Great Wine.  He processes the work orders in the winery under the direction of the winemaker.  Dale runs our mobile bottling line, “Texas Hill Country Corkers”, bottling wine for many other wineries.

Jenny Lyday

Wine Club Manager

Jenny fell in love with Texas Hills wines in 2010 as a Wine Club member, and started working part time in the Tasting Room a few years later.  Accepting the position of Wine Club Manager in 2016, she works diligently to ensure that the club runs smoothly, while keeping the lines of communication open with our customers. Any questions concerning wine club should be addressed to her by emailing:

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We ship to Alabama (via ABC Store), California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, North Carolina and Washington D.C. Someone over 21 has to be home to accept the delivery !!