Wine in the Hill Country: in Honor of Mark Witt
DATE: Saturday, October 8, 2016
VENUE: Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten, 320 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Join us for a wine tasting at the Weingarten in the celebrated Pontotoc Vineyard, Texas, in honor of Mark Witt. The day will include not just beautifully crafted American wines, perfectly paried food and great company, but also live music and a silent auction. Our mission is to create awareness of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and help fund research to find a cure for this disease; a portion of wine sales from the event as well as internet sales will benefit the Cure PSP foundation, the leading advocacy group supporting patients, families and research into PSP.
After retiring to the Hill Country after 31 years working at Texas Instruments (TI), Mark Witt was ready to live the good life. He and his wife Laurie packed up their home in McKinney, Texas and moved to Hilda, Texas in 2009. Their new life journey was just beginning. They planted a small vineyard including varietals of Petit Verdot and Malbec, later selling the grapes to William Chris Winery and Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten. Tending to the vineyard and raising longhorns became a daily hobby and full time job for them. Mark was a true cowboy living a life most could only dream of.
Mark was diagnosed with PSP on November 19th, 2014 and the cowboy life slowly started to slip away. The progressive disorder PSP physically disenabled him to tend to his vineyard, longhorns, and cows. Mark and Laurie decided it was time to move to the city of Fredericksburg to be closer to family, friends, and medical needs for Mark.
Currently, they call both Fredericksburg and Hilda their home, spending time enjoying the peaceful country and friends in the city. They enjoy frequent visits from their children and grandchildren. Mark has a very difficult time getting around and needs assistance with most daily tasks but he is determined to live each day to its fullest.