In the heart of Texas, 6 creative individuals and couples with unique backgrounds and experience collectively had the vision to create Rancho Loma Vineyards. From its inception, they have stayed true to their vision of creating award-winning wines that showcase the unique terroirs and varietals of this remarkable state. From the vineyards of Coleman County come elegant Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. To the northwest near Lubbock, High Plains vines yield the richness of Tempranillo, and distinctive Viognier, Rousanne and Marsanne. Decades of discovery by dedicated vintners have revealed the red and white grapes that shine in Texas’ challenging microclimates. This shared wisdom has enabled the creation of our wines lauded worldwide.
Wine has been a part of Texas history since the 1650s, when Franciscan priests planted grapevines near modern-day El Paso. Rancho Loma Vineyards builds on that rich heritage to create wines with the beauty and originality to enhance every gathering. An ancient live oak rises majestically in the heart of our Coleman vineyard. Over the decades, it has witnessed a host of brave beginnings—and now it stands watch over a beautiful new chapter in Texas winemaking creativity. From vine to glass, Rancho Loma Vineyards creates wines that capture the individuality and spirit of a state unlike any other. RLV transforms the everyday into something extraordinary—and makes special occasions memories that endure.
It’s an honor to have our efforts recognized by experts at TEXSOM, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition to name a few. Each year, these premier events draw the world’s most influential wine leaders and experts to taste and judge thousands of entries. These awards are a testimony to the passion and expertise that go into making our wines.
2018/2019 Texas International Wine Competition
- 2017 RLV Nocturnal — DOUBLE GOLD
- 2017 RLV III — GOLD
- 2017 RLV Imprint — GOLD
- 2017 RLV Toro — SILVER
2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
- 2017 RLV Albarino — GOLD
- 2017 RLV Cinsault Rose’ — SILVER
- 2017 RLV Corso — SILVER
- 2017 RLV Toro (Tempranillo) — SILVER
- 2016 RLV The Tempest — SILVER
- 2016 RLV Valera — SILVER
- 2017 RLV III (White Blend) — GOLD
2019 TEXSOM International Wine Competition
- 2017 RLV Cinsault Rose — BRONZE
- 2017 RLV Nocturnal (Albarino) — BRONZE
- 2017 RLV Toro (Tempranillo) — BRONZE
- The Tempest 2016—SILVER
- Cohesion 2016—BRONZE
- Corso 2016–BRONZE
- III 2016—JUDGES’ SELECTION RHÔNE OR RHÔNE STYLED WHITE BLEND
- III 2016—GOLD
- Cinsault Rosé 2016—SILVER
- Muscat Blend NV—SILVER
2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
- The Tempest 2016—-DOUBLE GOLD, CLASS CHAMPION, and TEXAS CLASS CHAMPION
- Valera 2016—GOLD, RESERVE CLASS CHAMPION, TEXAS CLASS CHAMPION
- RLV III 2017—SILVER
- Nocturnal 2017—SILVER, RESERVE TEXAS CLASS CHAMPION
- Cinsault Rose 2017—BRONZE
2018 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition
- Cinsault Rosé 2016—DOUBLE GOLD, Class Champion, Texas Class Champion
- III 2016—GOLD, Reserve Texas Class Champion
- Cohésion 2016—BRONZE
- Corso 2016—BRONZE
- Dulce Rojo 2016—SILVER
- Muscat 2016—SILVER
Ed Brandecker, M.D., Owner & Director of Winemaking
An avid student of wine for decades and an RLV co-founder, Ed Brandecker took his interest to an academic level by pursuing certificate degrees in viticulture from Texas Tech University and enology from Washington State University. He retired from the practice of medicine in the summer of 2018 to devote his time entirely to RLV. As Director of Winemaking, Ed oversees production in collaboration with our winemaking team and French consultant Guenhael Kessler. Together, Ed and his team have created numerous award-winning wines every year.
Ed Hellman, Ph.D., Owner & Director of Viticulture
As RLV’s Director of Viticulture, Ed Hellman guides key decisions in selecting and developing our vineyard sites, grape varieties, clones and rootstocks. He applies the highest standards of vineyard management to produce the exceptional fruit quality that goes into every RLV wine. Ed holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in horticulture from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in plant science from the University of Arkansas. As a professor of viticulture, Ed has conducted research, taught and provided extension educational programming for more than 30 years. His international travel includes professional visits to the major winegrowing regions of France, Italy, Portugal, Chile, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Ed is an active member of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, the American Society for Horticultural Science and the American Pomological Society.
Lori Walton, Executive Chef
After a mid-life career change, RLV Executive Chef Lori Walton attended the Texas State Technical College Culinary Institute and graduated Phi Theta Kappa in 2017. Her creative culinary skills are on display providing unique food and wine pairings highlighting the best attibutes of our wine in our chic tasting room and through monthly wine tasting dinners.
Guenhael Kessler, Wine Consultant
A native of Avignon, France, Guenhael Kessler is RLV’s Wine Consultant since its inception. RLV’s relationship with Guenhael occurred through a chance encounter made possible by France’s only American sommelier. Educated at the University of Bordeaux and the famed Chateau d’Angelus, Guenhael currently consults for 40 wineries in the Rhone Valley and others around the world. With his unique palate and perspective on the wine varietals of Southern France and growing interest in Texas terroirs, Guenhael is an invaluable addition to the RLV team.
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Where to Buy
RLV wines are available from a growing number of retailers. And remember, you can always add RLV wines to your cellar with a click.
Central Market Austin, Texas
Central Market Ft. Worth, Texas/Hulen
Central Market Houston, Texas
Depot Liquor, Brownwood, Texas
H&H Beverages, Abilene, Texas
Filo Liquor, Abilene, Texas
In Vino Veritas, San Angelo, Texas
Travis Heights Beverage World, Austin, Texas
Water Hole #2, Abilene, Texas
United Market Street
Vintage Cellars, Fredericksburg, Texas