The Signor &
The Weisinger Families
Three Generations: Past and Present
Soon after its independence, both the Signors and Weisingers became residents of Texas.
The Signor family traces its residency back five generations or more throughout Central and West Texas. In 1949, Lee F. Signor (grandfather of Clay) moved his wife and five children from his family home in Abilene to Montgomery County to live on the Teas Nursery Ranch, north of Conroe. As grandchildren of Edward Teas (horticulturist and founder of Houston's oldest nursery, est. 1910), Clay's father Charles and his identical twin brother Jim often enjoyed sharing memories of going with their parents to Teas Nursery and riding the tractor down Bellaire Boulevard when it was still made of seashells.
The Weisingers came to Texas in 1852 from Georgia. They settled in Montgomery County and established a small community called Ryles, Texas. The family developed the surrounding land for agriculture and ranching over the next century.
The Signors and Weisingers first became friends in the 1950's when Lee F. Signor purchased land from Melvin Weisinger. That land bordered John Weisinger Sr.'s property. Over the following decade, the Signors and Weisingers would share farm equipment, feed each others cattle and dwell as neighbors and friends.
Lee Signor and his wife Ruth had identical twin sons, Charles and Jim, two daughters, Josephine and Silvia, and a younger son Rusty. John Weisinger Sr. had two children, John Jr. and Sarah. John Jr. and Silvia were only a year apart in age. John still remarks that it was the ever-outgoing Silvia who taught him to dance. She would come over to the Weisingers ranch, put on a jitterbug record and teach John a routine. The highlight of this endeavor for John was going to a school dance and having Silvia come over and say, “OK let's show them what we can do!” John and Silvia danced the routine they’d rehearsed and his friends were thoroughly surprised and impressed.
As John grew older he enjoyed time spent with the Signor twins, Charles and Jim who, following their West Texas roots, spent much of their time riding and roping in the local rodeos. John would take his horse down to the Signors roping pen and the twins helped John to learn to rope from his horse. That friendship continued between the three until the passing of the twins in 2014 and 2016.
In 2014, John Weisinger (who first learned to make wine from the wild grapes that grew along the very same creek that ran through both the Signor and Weisinger properties) was approached by Charles's son Clay to consult with him about building a vineyard and winery. John, who had been in the wine business in Oregon since 1987, agreed and brought his son, Eric, who grew up in the business at The Weisinger Family Vineyard in Oregon to help as well.
The two family histories continue as the third generation, Eric Weisinger and Clay Signor, have now come together as friends and winemakers.
The mutually exclusive skills of both men have contributed to what you are enjoying at Signor Vineyards today. Continuing the Signor legacy, Clay's passion for horticulture, architecture and ranching, along with his attention to detail have combined with Eric's talent for producing world-class handcrafted wines (having traveled to California, Australia, and New Zealand to expand his wine making skills). The result is what makes Signor Vineyards a unique wine experience. Three generations of friendship has shown us the value of an extended family. And it’s with this in heart that we invite you to become part of our extended winery family.