New winery Torr Na Lochs ready to open


Burnet County residents Blake and Karen DeBerry visited one of their favorite wineries for their 30th wedding anniversary in 2011 and decided owning a winery was exactly what they wanted to do.

That dream has now become a reality, as the DeBerrys get set to host a grand opening for their Torr Na Lochs Vineyard and Winery from 1-6 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 12.

“It's been quite a ride, a wild ride, but it's been a lot of fun and we are happy to be finally opening,” Karen DeBerry said.

The vineyard, at 7055 West Highway 29 about 6.5 miles from Burnet, overlooks both Inks and Buchanan Lakes and the Gaelic name Torr Na Lochs actually translates to “Hill over Lakes.” Gaelic is a Celtic language from Scotland, where the DeBerrys once lived prior to purchasing their property in Burnet County.

Upon entering the vineyard, wine connoisseurs will take a half-mile drive down the granite gravel road, being able to see the lakes, vineyards and Texas Longhorn “Beau” and “Vine” grazing the land near the winery building.

The DeBerrys acquired the 180 acres in 2004 in hopes of building a home to which they could retire to in the Hill Country. But, after visiting Cape Grace Winery in southwest Australia  on an anniversary trip, their decision changed.

Once the realization dawned that the rocky granite acreage they had purchased was s similar to Cape Grace, the DeBerrys said they are now “living the dream.” 


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