"Great wines come from those that have mastered the skill of patience." 

- Dan McLaughlin

Robert Clay Vineyards was originally planted in 1996 by Paul and Nancy Buist, named after their 2 sons, Robert and Clay.  In 2012 Dan and Jeanie McLaughlin sought out to realize Dan’s childhood dream of becoming a farmer, and creating a lasting legacy for their future generations.  Since taking over Robert Clay Vineyards, Dan’s passion and intuition has led them through an exciting road of learning and discovery that has already positioned Dan as a “True Texas Vigneron”.

Our winegrowing philosophy is quality driven.  We devote particular attention to detail, taking a methodical approach to vineyard management, minimal intervention winemaking, authenticity, and character for our wines.

 

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Team

  • Dan McLaughlin

    Grape farmer at heart, winemaker by necessity.

  • Jeanie McLaughlin

    There's no title that would do her justice! Let's just say Jeanie is our secret sauce, and we are so glad to have her!

  • Blake McLaughlin

    Right Hand Man

    Partners

    • La Cruz de Comal

      A mentor that makes wine with our Ruby Cabernet

      Located in Canyon Lake, Texas La Cruz de Comal produces only authentic Texas wines from Texas Hill Country grapes and offers true Texas Hill Country “terroir".

    • William Chris Vineyards

      Purchases the majority of Merlot we sell

      Located in Hye, Texas Bill and Chris are committed to a level of quality that represents the very best of Texas in each new vintage.

    • Alta Marfa

      Makes wine with our fruit

      Located in the Texas Davis Mountains AVA Alta Marfa planted 3 acres of vines in 2018, currently sourcing grapes from Robert Clay Vineyards

    • Southold Farm + Cellar

      Moral support and buyer of 90% of the fruit we sell.

      Southold Farm + Cellar is a winery and vineyard that started on the North Fork of Long Island by Regan and Carey Meador, sold, moved and that now exists in Gillespie County, Texas. We are and always will be a winery whose sole mission is to make wines that speak of place and time, that thrill and delight our friends, family and ourselves. In order to do so, our winemaking decisions are dictated by what has happened during that season, not stylistic emulation of other regions or forced consistency.

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    Testimonials

    Damn it Dan, this wine is good!

    Russ Kane

    Holy Toledo this one is my favorite! The flavor profiles are nothing I’ve ever tasted! #lifer

    MC

    I. Am. In. LOVE. With Barbera. Holy cow girl, you guys make gooooood wine.

    HW

    This was amazing Jeanie!! Love the wines you craft!!

    Unknown

    Robert Clay 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

    I have searched for RCV Merlot since last fall when I first tasted it @ the Habitat for Humanity fund raiser. Tonight, finally, I tasted it again....and...it was everything I remembered!

    VMR

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