BROWNFIELD —Dr. Gabe Hisel’s Old Man Scary Cellars is partnering with Wedding Oak Winery in San Saba to launch an incubator project.
The winery purchased a historic building on the same block as its main branch, then renovated it to house a retail tasting room and winery production facility. The incubator partnership is inspired by similar projects in Carlton, Oregon and Walla Walla, Washington.
Supporters consider Old Man Scary Cellars’ lease a great way to expand its business without the expense of starting a new winery from scratch.
Terry County is home to a significant portion of the state’s vineyard acreage.
Hisel is a general-practice physician in Brownfield who joined the local wine grape craze as a side project. The name Old Man Scary Cellars comes from an old farmhouse in his family’s Hockley County estate.
Hisel’s Cabernet Sauvignon grapes will be processed at the new facility when they mature. “Our goal is to make the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the state of Texas,” he said in a news release. “…We chose to partner with Wedding Oak Winery in an incubator arrangement to take advantage of their expertise to get into the market faster.”
Meanwhile, Old Man Scary Cellars wines are available for purchase. Wedding Oak Winery is located at the intersection of U.S. 190 and Texas 16 in San Saba. Founder is viticulturist Mike McHenry.