Our Story


There's a great story in every bottle.


Franklin Houser, a former San Antonio attorney, purchased the house and 103 acres in the 1970's as a get-away for his family. He found enjoyment in learning about grapes, which grew into a passion for making wine. It all started with "Bonnie's Vineyard" in 1992. In just a few short years he opened the tasting room and produced the first wine in 1998. In 2000, Mr. Houser planted Lenoir "Black Spanish" grapes with such success that Dry Comal is known as the "pioneer" in Texas for Black Spanish.

Mr. Houser was considering retirement options, looking for new owners for the winery. In 2017, he found the family he was looking for, The Romero's from Ft. Worth. Ralphael Romero Sr. is a first generation Mexican immigrant. He spent his summers on a family farm learning English and learning about fruit farming. His grandfather insisted he immigrate and live the "American dream." He founded the vineyards' mother company in 1981, R&D Equipment Co. named after "Ralph" and his lovely bride, Dora.

Ralph Sr. is a proud Texan and has insisted on bringing that character to our wines. Dry Comal Creek now offers wines made with 100% Texas grapes. Our new wine maker is Seth Urbanek, a native Texan with experience in the wine-making industry.


"Dry Comal Creek will win you over with their delicious, creative wines and their knowledgeable and engaging staff." - Jenny

"Had a fantastic outing at Dry Comal Winery. Tasting, food and music was fabulous. Customer service was top notch. Wine was incredible. I’ll be back." - Bridget

"Had a fantastic experience! Great customers service and love in providing to their customers. Wine was delicious! If you’re looking for a great day or night date, or just a fun outing with friends. This is a great choice!" - Brooke


1741 Herbelin Rd New Braunfels, TX 78132