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Pleasant Hill Winery and the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Pleasant Hill Winery Sign

Pleasant Hill Winery Sign

Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail

The Pleasant Hill Winery was the second one of several that my husband and I would visit one year on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. As the name might indicate, Pleasant Hill Winery is located on a hill.

Bob and Jeanne Cottle are the owners and started out making homemade wine many years ago. Both families had grandparents of Italian heritage, so the enjoyment of wine was in their genes so-to-speak. After moving to Texas, purchasing this lovely piece of land, and planting grapevines, this winery opened to the public in the year 1997. It has been going strong ever since and has earned awards for many of their wines.

The old barn was meticulously reconstructed and fashioned into a winery and gift shop. From that vantage point, people visiting there can view some staked grapevines and also a colorful field of wildflowers in the Spring of the year.

Pleasant Hill's physical address is 1441 Salem Road in Brenham, Texas. The zip code is 77833, and their telephone number is 979-830-VINE. The winery is only about seventy miles west of Houston.

Pleasant Hill Winery

The first two pictures above show the view as one approaches Pleasant Hill Winery on Salem Road off of Highway 36 and the view from the parking lot of the winery.

It was a hectic day on the Saturday of our visit. Not only were Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail visitors there, but also a steady stream of tour groups that kept the owners and staff engaged.

The fields surrounding the winery have well-maintained grapevines which add to the ambiance of the place. Outside of the winery are some old rusted wine-related artifacts which were interesting to view.

Tasting Wine and Enjoying The Ambiance

As the photo above shows, we enjoyed the view of a church directly across the street from the outside decked patio where we were enjoying our wines and tidbits of tasty food offerings.

Looking down the hill, we also enjoyed the field of wildflowers in bloom as well as the staked grape vines that would soon burst forth with new bright green and tender grape leaves starting a new season.

It was a pleasant way to spend some time in lovely surroundings.

Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.

— Benjamin Franklin

Texas Winery Passport

Texas Winery Passport

Texas Winery PASSPORT

The gentleman behind the counter at Pleasant Hill Winery offered us a Texas Winery Passport. We were unfamiliar with it. He explained that the Texas Department of Agriculture provides these publications as a public service.

The passport opens up and provides a place for each of the four wineries to add their stamp and winery code number. Tasting notes on each page for people who wish to jot down impressions of wines that they taste.

Once the book is filled, one logs onto www.gotexanwine.org and enters the codes. A free reward item is shipped for completing each book, or several books can be registered at one time to qualify for an even greater reward.

Each Texas winery has these passports. It can provide a fun way to keep a record of one's travels throughout the State while exploring new wineries and their distinctive liquid offerings.

We were happy that the gentleman at Pleasant Hill took the time to explain this and give us our first stamp in our new Texas Winery Passport.

Bluebonnets and Other Wildflowers

Yes, the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail also has bluebonnets! As we got closer to Brenham, Texas, there were glorious fields of them! Whenever we saw many cars parked on the sides of the roads, we knew that there would be extraordinary sightings of the bluebonnets as well as other types of wildflowers.

Whether there are large patches of them, as in my photos or smaller groupings, wildflower photography is at its peak in the Spring of each year. If one is looking for a spectacular wildflower display, head on up to the Brenham area, and your wishes cannot help but be satisfied each Spring. Be sure and take your camera!

If you wish to enjoy the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, be sure to include a stop at Pleasant Hill Winery. One can visit them year-round, but this is a beautiful time of year with moderate temperatures and fields painted with color from the profusion of wildflowers.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2021:

Pleasant Hill Winery has resumed operations, and along with their wine tastings, they now serve food. Check them out if you are in the Brenham area of Texas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 22, 2011:

Hi marystobias,

Glad you liked this posting about the Pleasant Hill Winery and the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. The bluebonnets were not blooming this past Spring as much as normal because of the drought. Hopefully next year they will return in full glory.

marystobias from Napa,Sanoma on June 22, 2011:


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2010:

Hi jill of alltrades,

Thanks for visiting this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail and Pleasant Hill Winery. Oh...I can just imagine the wonderful pictures you would have taken if you were here to photograph the bluebonnets!

jill of alltrades from Philippines on April 12, 2010:

I love this hub! I truly enjoyed the pictures, especially the blue bonnets! How I wish I was there to take pictures too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2010:

Hello manlypoetryman,

It is fun visiting these Texas winery locations...any winery for that matter. Each one is different. Stay tuned for more on this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Another one in Brenham among others! Will post as soon as it is written. Thanks for the comment.

ManlyPoetryMan from (Texas) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before... on April 10, 2010:

And yet another great thing about Brenham! Going to have to go see the "*Best Lil' Winery in Texas" (*if they ever decided to link up with Blue Bell's slogan) This sounds like a great tour idea though...Texas Winery's. A great and fun outing followed by a great travel place Hub. Thanks for the insider's travel tip on this place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2010:

Hi Mike,

Each winery has its own distinct image with regards to the buildings on the land and what they ultimately do with the grape juice. They can be worlds apart from the most luxurious castle-like structures to the most humble and rustic abodes. And the wines...some you will love and others, not so much. But it is fun to learn and explore and find what pleases you.

On this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, the wildflowers have starring roles right along with the various wineries that participate. Thanks for the visit.

When you visit your first winery...write about it please. :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2010:

Hello ripplemaker,

Glad to have your company on this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail visit to Pleasant Hill Winery. Always happy to see you here leaving a comment. :-)

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on April 08, 2010:

I've never been to a winery but have always wanted to go. I think it would be a great trip, and your photos make me want to plan a trip. Thanks for sharing.


Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on April 08, 2010:

Hi Peggy, your photos always make me feel I am taking the trip with you lol. Thanks for this trip once more. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2010:

Hi Micky Dee,

Glad you liked these pictures of the wildflowers as well as the ones of Pleasant Hill Winery. You take pretty good pictures also...especially while riding your bike. Amazing how you accomplish it while keeping your balance!

Micky Dee on April 07, 2010:

Pretty nice Peggy W! I do love pictures! Yours are always nice. Thank you Dear!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2010:

Hi D.A.L.,

Happy to hear that you are enjoying these Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail hubs. As I mentioned to DjBryle......stay tuned for more. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2010:

Greetings Hello, hello,

The nice part of all is that this Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail makes for easy day trips. Nothing is that far from where we live. Happy to hear that you are enjoying these hubs. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2010:

Hi DjBryle,

Very happy to hear that you liked this hub about Pleasant Hill Winery as seen via the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Will be showing more wineries and wildflowers in upcoming hubs. Glad you are "tuned in..." :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2010:

Greetings Daddy Paul,

Thanks for dropping by to read about the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail and specifically Pleasant Hill Winery. I enjoyed taking the photos.

Dave from Lancashire north west England on April 07, 2010:

PeggyW, Thank you once again for taking us to this beautiful location. Another enjoyable read.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 07, 2010:

Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip.

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on April 06, 2010:

Great pictures... and you've presented Pleasant Hill, much more than pleasantly! Thanks for sharing! I am tuned in... =)

Daddy Paul from Michigan on April 06, 2010:

What a great place to visit. Nice read, nice pics.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2010:

Hi Candie,

Yes...stay tuned to more from the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. The wildflowers are spectacular this year and we are enjoying this winery tour combined with the floral display along the highways and in fields. Hugs back to you!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on April 06, 2010:

Ah.. the winery journey continues! You take such beautiful pictures!! Thank you for introducing us to your state's wonderful winerys!! (((Hugs))) Peggy!!

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