The Hallsville Company Offers Wine Tours in East Texas Wineries | Company
HALLSVILLE — A new East Texas venture is offering wine lovers the chance to experience some of the region’s best wineries in one day — and attendees don’t even have to worry about driving.
Lekker Wine Tours, which officially opened a few weeks ago, offers guests a unique and memorable way to experience the East Texas wine country.
Founded by Walkers Mill Vineyard and Winery Manager Melanie Juays, her husband Tony Juays and their son Gareth Juays, the family business is the first of its kind in East Texas offering half-day, full-day tours complete and curated East Texas ’25 wineries.
The family are originally from Cape Town, South Africa, where they have regularly organized wine tours in the Western Cape wine regions. The company’s name, “Lekker,” is a South African slang word that can be used as a universal adjective for any good situation, Juays said. The word encompasses the feeling of contentment, happiness, satisfaction, pleasure and enjoyment that the Juays want their customers to feel on every Lekker Wine Tour.
Divided into four East Texas regions, the company offers full-day tours with five winery stops for $150 per person or half-day tours with three winery stops for $95 per person , with a minimum of six guests per tour. Guests can sit back and enjoy the ride from winery to winery in a chartered bus.
Lekker Wine Tours was created to give locals and visitors the opportunity to tour East Texas vineyards and wineries with an expert guide, Juays said. The company specializes in knowing the best places to go, the best routes to take and the best places to see to make the most of the day.
Lekker Wine Tours offers organized and standard tours. Standard tours are designed to give visitors a taste of the best the region has to offer, while organized tours are customized to visitors’ specific desires.
“We understand that it can be difficult to taste wines at different wineries and always have a designated driver,” said Gareth Juays. “Lekker Wine Tours solves this problem by providing transportation so you can spend a day tasting wines with friends without having to worry about driving.”
To celebrate their launch, Lekker Wine Tours is offering the grand prize of an East Texas wine tour for eight guests at the end of December 2022. In the lead up to the grand prize, they will also be offering a tour for a single person every month.
Lekker Wine Tours also offers a shuttle that begins at noon on Saturdays and repeats every hour, between Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard and Winery in Harleton and Enoch’s Wine and Coffee House in Jefferson and back. The hop-on hop-off shuttle has a limited number of seats.