Martín Santamaria is a native of Argentina, and completed his schooling there. After university, he received a Master’s Degree in Viticulture (grape-growing) and Oenology (study of wine) from the University of Bologna in Italy. The next year he moved to Texas and became the winemaker at Dry Comal Creek Winery in New Braunfels. During the 5 years he lived and worked there, he met his wife, Angela, a native of Mason, Texas.
Gradually in those five years, Martín and Angela began their own independent wine-making operation, Santamaria Cellars. In 2005, they moved from New Braunfels to Fredericksburg, and began making wine in their home on State Highway 16. Today, they still produce approximately 1,600 cases of wine by themselves, and welcome people to a beautiful patio overlooking the Hill Country to sample their wares.
Usually, when we take our passengers to visit Santamaria, they are surprised upon arriving at a private residence, where the wine is sold from their garage. But the beautiful vista from the patio, and the excellence of the wine are even more stunning. It is quite common for our customers, especially the serious wine drinkers, to exclaim that Santamaria Cellars has the best wine of any venue we visit. Please note that they’re only open for visitors on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, so if you’re interested in stopping there any other day, and you have a large group, we will have to make special arrangements in advance.
The wines are predominantly, but not exclusively, reds made in an Argentinean style, including malbecs and malbec blends. Martín and Angela also make authentic empanadas that you can enjoy along with your wine.
Santamaria Cellars is truly a hidden gem among Texas Hill Country wineries!