When the July sun scorches the ground, it seems almost impossible that you could be comfortable sitting inside a building cooled exclusively by the Earth, but that is exactly what you’ll find though when you visit the Red Caboose Winery vineyard facility near Meridian. Not only does RCW take going green to extreme measures using geothermal cooling, they produce some incredible wines that continue to bring gold medals home to Bosque County.
They have two locations. The original facility is outside of Meridian, where you can sip wine at an enormous hardwood table as you look out over the vineyards and visit with owner and architect Gary McKibben. He bubbles proudly about the winery and the wines it produces as if he is speaking about his children. (He also has words of praise for his son Evan, the primary winemaker.) The Clifton facility is ideal for a quicker stop, located on Highway 6 on the south end of town. Both locations offer $10 tastings on weekends.