Hill Country Winery harvests new Italian restaurant with star chef

An award-winning winery and vineyard in Marble Falls adds to the long list of reasons why Texans should head to the hills. Flat Creek Estate is entering a new growing season, announcing a new owner, recent renovations and a Michelin-starred chef to boot.

Located less than two hours from San Antonio, Flat Creek is nestled in a small pocket of the Colorado River that meanders through Texas Hill Country.

This may have been what first attracted Eva Horton, the estate’s new owner, to lead Flat Creek into this elevated new era. With a strong background in property investment and development, Horton is helping the estate implement improvements to its facilities and staff, as well as a new line of fresh grapes.

“I loved Flat Creek from the first time I came to visit. I saw so much potential for its growth, but I also want to preserve all of the things that make the estate so special,” says Horton, a partner at Austin-based real estate firm Post Lake Capital Partners. “I am honored to carry on the family legacy and advance the vision of this magnificent winery.”

Part of that vision is the hiring of executive chef Tim Lane to run the property’s on-site restaurant, Ellera. (If you recognize that name in the Bee Cave and South Lamar spots, those concepts are now called The Garden, and that transplant is now Ellera’s only location, with a separate menu and dining concept). Lane served as co-executive chef at the Bee Cave location and previously studied Italian cuisine under a Michelin-starred chef in Rome for 10 years.

Lane will infuse that experience into his new menu for Ellera, anchored by Italian-style dishes with Roman-style pizzas to showcase his ingenuity and talent while enhancing Flat Creek’s award-winning wines. Featuring home-grown herbs for an authentic farm-to-table feel, Lane’s carefully crafted three-course meals will include mouth-watering hand-rolled pasta and genuine Northern Italian cuisine.

“There is something so magical about the way food can bring people together. I’m extremely excited to bring Ellera to Flat Creek,” says Lane.

Also new to the Flat Creek team is consulting winemaker Jean Hoefliger, who brings his experience in winemaking around the world. Working with winemaker Bob Wonacott and the entire Flat Creek Estate winemaking team, Hoefliger will lend his expertise to farming practices, production procedures and the final blend.

“Our goal is to create world-class wines right here in Texas,” says Hoefliger. “You don’t have to go to Italy to discover the best wines. I’m excited to bring my experience to the amazing team at Flat Creek.

The immaculate property offers plenty of opportunities to sip, savor, and explore, including 80 acres of vineyards and a working winery, an elegant tasting room, the full-service restaurant, a covered pavilion, and a one-of-a- an 18-hole disc golf course. All wines served at Flat Creek are homemade and have received over 400 awards and accolades.

The estate is currently open Wednesday through Sunday, hosting weekend events like Bubbles and Brunch and a rotating music series. For more information, visit FlatCreekEstate.com.

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