As more wineries open up around Texas, Cork House Winery distinguishes itself from the rest by medaling in different competitions. 

Located at 213 E. Main St. in historic downtown Waxahachie, the wine makers won a bronze medal at the 2019 Lone Star International Wine Competition in June for their Shiraz and Twisted Sister wines.

Earlier this year, Cork House medaled at the Houston Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition with two of its wines, Red Beard and Midnight Rider.

In fact, customers were such fans of Midnight Rider, an award-winning Italian blend, that it quickly sold out.

“When they found out we won, they couldn’t wait to try it,” owner Karla Gibson said. “I ran out of it before I even got my medals. It was gone because everyone wanted to try it.”

After years of making wine on the side as a hobby, Gibson and her husband, Doug, decided to make their passion into a business.

“Every weekend we’d get up and we’d go to a different winery,” Gibson said. “We’d take off and go to South Texas, East Texas, North Texas. There are over 500 wineries now in Texas. When we started there was 300.”

The Gibsons opened the doors of Cork House Winery in 2016. They make a point to help those who would also like to break into the winery scene.

“We didn’t have that help. I would love to help somebody that wants to do this because it’s tough,” Gibson said.

In addition to award-winning wine, Cork House Winery also hosts live music on the weekends. The schedule is already booked for the next few months and Gibson starts working on the 2020 schedule in August.

“They have all contacted me; I wouldn’t even know where to find a musician,” Gibson said. “There’s a lot of good talent just in Ellis County.”

With 34 wines made on location and lively music on the weekends, it’s no surprise Cork House Winery’s popularity has only grown. 

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Gibson said. “It was a long process, but we did it.”

For more information, visit Cork House’s website at The winery is open from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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