Much like a bottle of fine wine, the rolling, densely-thicketed forestry that encircles Broken Bow Lake improves with age. As we gain a deeper understanding of how to preserve this serene topography, we thereby grow even more fond of its towering pines, curious woodland critters, and tranquil backcountry water sources. An idyllic way to commemorate several hours of outland exploration inside (or near) Beavers Bend State Park is, of course, a shared bottle of vino and a semi-fancy dinner. After all, “a gourmet meal without a glass of wine just seems tragic to me somehow,” as Grammy Award-winning singer Kathleen Mattea so eloquently put it. However, most self-proclaimed oenophiles don’t require a plate of food to savor an award-winning varietal. Thus, we’ve pieced together a shortlist of the three best southeast Oklahoma wineries, all of which are a short drive from Blue Beaver Luxury Cabins’ vacation rental fleet.
The Best Southeast Oklahoma Wineries
Admittedly, there aren’t dozens of southeast Oklahoma wineries near Broken Bow Lake. That being said, this small, yet distinct wine trail, known as “Life Is a Cabernet,” is one of the only destinations in the South that effortlessly assimilates wine’s connection to Mother Nature. Let this article be your Broken Bow area winery guide, as you explore the very best that southeast Oklahoma has to offer.
A talented trio of girlfriends turned heads in 2006 when they opened a winery called “Girls Gone Wine” that offered free tastings inside a “funky, sassy” Hochatown boutique. Fourteen years later, it’s one of the most beloved wineries in the state. After perusing through humorous knickknacks and admiring their wine collection, walk on up to their tasting bar for a free sampling. Chandra, Michelle, and Rhonda not only ferment and produce all varietals, but both the indoor and outdoor seating is charming, colorful, and spacious.
Across U.S. Route 259 from Girls Gone Wine lies Vojai’s, one of the most underrated southeast Oklahoma wineries. Vojai’s typical bottles 23 different types of wine, including the Red Sky Black Cherry Pinot Noir, Running Wild Chardonnay, and Night Horse Cabernet Sauvignon. We appreciate the sizable seating area, with its tin paneling, wood floors, and open air. Interestingly enough, the winery is co-owned by Vojai Reed, a former champion Bassmaster! The Reed family takes great pride in their delicious vino.
Fish Tales narrowly thwarted newcomer Knotted Rope Winery to cap this list of southeast Oklahoma wineries. A trip to Fish Tales is as much a culinary voyage as it is an aromatic trip through Oklahoman wine country. Start your visit with a free tasting before ordering an artisanal salad and a bottle for the table. Their vineyard, which lies 45 miles northwest of the winery, specializes in Muscadine grapes, a native Oklahoma vine.
Pet-Friendly Broken Bow Cabin Rentals
Yes, Blue Beaver Luxury Cabins is pet-friendly! We love our pooches just as much as you. The natural beauty that surrounds our growing fleet of Beavers Bend cabin rentals is a natural match for your furry, four-legged friends. Honeymooners, families, and small groups alike cannot deny the rustic, yet lavish allure of southeast Oklahoma’s cabin country. Most cabins include stone fireplaces, handcrafted log artistry, vaulted ceilings, fire pits, hot tubs, covered decks, and chef’s kitchens. With so much private acreage, you’ll feel wholly rejuvenated during your long-awaited backcountry escape. Common mid-day adventures include backland ATVing, Broken Bow Lake fishing, and Lower Mountain Fork River kayaking.