The grapevines at Bending Branch Winery near the lazy Bruins Creek have dried up in the cold January air, and winery technician Melvin Mendez is still out pruning them, getting ready for the July-through-October harvest season.

Despite the chill in the air, at noon the tasting room is expecting visitors. They’ll come to try the winery’s signature Estate Tannat red wine as they sit on the outdoor, shaded patio overlooking the rolling hills that gave the Hill Country its name.

Read more from Annie Blanks at San Antonio Express News here.