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About Us


Welcome to Blue Duck Winery in Albany, Texas!

Blue Duck Winery is a wine tasting room and event center located in Albany, Texas.  It is the the brainchild and dream of Adrian and Sheila Allen, owners of Cottonwood Springs Vineyards, located in Cottonwood, Texas.  Shortly after retiring from careers in education, the Allen’s put in a vineyard at their retirement home in Cottonwood, Texas.  For several years now, they have been growing tempranillo and viognier grapes to sell to other wineries.  Their grapes have been used in several award wines for other wineries.  This sparked the idea of opening their own winery. As the Allen’s began making plans to open a winery and tasting room, a partnership was formed with Austin Chamness and Stacey Wardrup.  The name Blue Duck for the winery was created to celebrate the idea of keeping alive life-long relationships and friendships.  Adrian and Austin played football together for the McMurry Indians and belonged to a group of friends who are affectionately known as the “ducks”, thus the name Blue Duck.

It didn’t take long for us to discover that perfect location for the Blue Duck in Albany, Texas. Albany is the site of the famous Fort Griffin Fandangle, the longest running outdoor musical in the state of Texas. For over 75 year,  Fort Griffin Fandangle has told the Texas Frontier Story  where over 250 Albany performers present the authentic look and feel of the Old West told with music,fun and humor.  It is traditionally presented on the 3rd and 4th weekends in June.  (http://www.fortgriffinfandangle.org).   

Albany takes great pride in preserving the heritage of the Texas frontier and that includes many of the original buildings that were built in Albany or Fort Griffin and later moved to Albany.  The T.E. Jackson Warehouse is an Official Texas Historical Building. T. E. Jackson, a prominent Fort Griffin businessman, built this structure in the late 1870s as a warehouse for a general merchandise store. For more than 100 years, it served the town of Albany as an important supply point for the west Texas cattle industry.  Blue Duck Winery is proud to carry on the T.E. Jackson Warehouse tradition.

Experience the unique and celebrated Texas tradition that Albany cherishes by planning a visit to Albany.  Be sure to stop by the Blue Duck Winery with your friends and family where we will be serving Texas wines bottled from Texas grown grapes and keeping alive the idea of that Texas tradition, the friendly state.  We want to be known as The Blue Duck Winery, the friendly winery!