After working in the wine business in the Texas Hill Country, California and abroad, Ross McLachlan, at age 25, started The Austin Winery, a boutique, urban winery that handcrafts small-lot wines from Texas, California, Washington and Oregon. “My Italian roots (my mother’s maiden name is Calamari and my older brother lives in Milan) helped me gain an early exposure to wine and led to my passion for wine and soccer,” he says.
What do you love most about Austin? Austin is the Barcelona of Texas: Culturally unique, beautiful, and casual (and dog-friendly).
What has been the best moment of your career so far? Opening The Austin Winery (Austin’s first urban winery) at 25.
What’s next for 2015? Introducing urban winemaking to Austin and developing an eco-friendly wine bottle solution for our city’s massive events. Playing as much soccer and making as much good wine as humanly possible.
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Cooper Anderson, 29, and Ross McLauchlan, 27
Co-founders, Austin Winery
Cooper Anderson and Ross McLauchlan co-founded Austin Winery on the premise that it should be as relaxed and local as possible. The first of its kind within Austin city limits, the urban winery is distinctly Texan. Although the grapes are grown elsewhere, everything — from the fermentation and filtration to the bottling, serving, and enjoyment — takes place in town.