Our Family & Our Passion

The Fritz family has been making exquisite wines from the gorgeous hills of Emilia Romagna, Italy, for generations, and continues their winemaking tradition in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Since the turn of the century, Solaro Estate has crafted several award-winning wines with the knowledge of their Italian ancestors–and some good ol’ Texas flair. 

Awarded Texas Winery of the Year from 2012-2019, and Texas Hill Country Winery of the Year from 2020-2021, Solaro Estate has exhibited the best of what Texas wine has to offer and has played a crucial role in placing Texas wine regions on the map.

Our Family


OWNER & Tasting room manager


lead sommelier & Vineyard manager


owner & winemaker

The Solaro Story


Winemaking in Italy

Our wine roots began in Emilia Romagna in Italy. Our family has been making wine there for centuries and is still producing wine today!


OUR Family on solaro estate

The Estate has been in our family since 1909 as a working, self-sufficient farm dedicated to agriculture.


Families coming together

Inspired by Barbara’s roots in Franconia, Germany, and Robert’s close ties to his wine-making relatives in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, we got to work making this dream a reality.


barbara & robert bring the wine tradition to texas

With our rocky soil and the Texas heat, and our winemaking background, we knew the ultimate use of our family’s land would be to plant vineyards. 


winemaking & tasting room

The Estate vineyards you see today are the result of Robert and Barbara’s detailed planning and the use of modern equipment and the finest technology, the winery was specifically designed to maximize the production of limited quantities of complex and exquisite wines.

Present Day

where we are and where we’re going!

As always, Robert, Barbara, and Erika are dedicated to perpetuating local agriculture, are continuing to expand the vineyards on the Estate, and make award-winning 100% Pure Texas Wines from grape to glass!

Explore our Vineyards

Our Estate Vineyards, located in the Texas Hill Country AVA, grow Barbera, Montepulciano, Tempranillo, and Malbec. Our passion for viticulture and craft winemaking is showcased through our award-winning Estate wines.