• Farm animals at Robert Clay Vineyards Winery in Mason Texas


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Robert Clay Vineyards mission is to care for the land in creative and natural ways.  To employ unique, sustainable farming techniques in a holistic, organic approach wherever possible using composts, herbal teas, oils and fermented preparations all while working with the natural rhythms of nature.  

Dan devotes particular attention to detail in his methodical approach to vineyard management and gentle, minimal intervention winemaking, authenticity, and character for his wines.

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While the whole industry struggles to agree on one natural wine definition, for us, it is very straightforward: our wines are the result of working within and together with nature, rooted in making wines that reflect their place in the world, wines that are made in and from the vineyard.

We deeply believe in transparency and authenticity.

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Robert Clay Vineyards philosophy of winemaking is rooted in making wines that reflect their place in the world, wines that are made in and from the vineyard. 

Nothing added, nothing taken away.

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In Texas, Winemakers Find Room to Roam

"Mr. McLaughlin is now one of very few Texas growers trying to farm organically. On grassy, sandstone fields amid chickens and geese, he tends grenache, barbera, chardonnay, mourvèdre and viognier, along with other varieties.

- Eric Asimov - New York Times

Essence of the vineyard in a glass...

"Robert Clay Vineyards captures the essence of the vineyard in a glass. The 2015 Merlot expresses ripe red fruit, but is not overly fruit forward. The fresh acidity, fleshy fruit notes and integrated oak pay homage to both new and old world wine styles. A walk through the vineyard will reveal a great attention to vine balance."

- Fritz Westover - Viticulturist

Good-Natured Wines

"They strive to be pesticide-free, free of added sulfites, additive-free and use natural wild yeasts for fermentation."

- edible Houston

Inside Wild World, The Great New Texas Natural Wine Festival

"If there was any winemaker to encapsulate natural wine in Texas right now, it’s Dan McLaughlin at Robert Clay Vineyards."

- Zac Cadwalader - Sprudge