“We have people who have just started drinking wine here, and we have people who are beer drinkers who we convert to wine drinkers,” Jewell said.
At any given time Water 2 Wine offers 30-40 different types of wine that are made using imported grapes from around the world. Guests can enjoy a glass in the winery’s warm environment or do a tasting to discover what suits them best.
“You’re never going to leave with a bottle you don’t like,” said wine expert Johnny Reinhart, who has been serving guests at Water 2 Wine for four years.
The winery produces small, 28-bottle batches that allow it to ferment several different kinds of wine at a time. Smaller batches also tend to be lower in sulfates that can cause headaches or hangovers, so “you can maybe have a couple extra glasses and still feel good in the morning,” Jewell said.
Water 2 Wine also provides guests the opportunity to make and bottle a batch of wine following a five-step process. The batches take 45 days to ferment in the winery’s 2,000-square-foot cellar. Guests can also adorn bottles with custom labels that are ideal for gifts or commemorating a special event.
Jewell, whose family immigrated to Comal County from Germany in 1854, takes pride in Water 2 Wine’s historic downtown location. She said the building is one of a handful of downtown spots with a basement, which was part of an underground tunnel system used to move alcohol during prohibition.
Currently a cabernet that is aged in whiskey barrels from Balcones Distilling in Waco is among the winery’s most popular offerings.
“[The wine] absorbs some of the whiskey essence and gives it a smoothness you don’t find in a typical red,” Jewell said.