Texas may not be the first place you think of when you think of wine, but this article will definitely change your mind…
Texas Hill Country is located right outside of Austin, Texas and is the perfect spot for a quick wine getaway. You can make it a day trip from Austin or spend a whole weekend here. The area is home to a beautiful lake, rolling hills, swimming holes, and lots of good wine! There are actually 51 different wineries in the area… There are so many different wineries it is hard to choose just one, so instead, most people go on a wine tour.
Last fall, my friends and I headed there for the weekend to try lots of wine, food, and enjoy the outdoors away from the city. I have gone to a lot of different wineries and tried taking different tours – this one is by far my favorite! All the action starts in a small town called Fredericksburg. Fredericksburg is so charming and cute that it is worth a visit all in itself. Fredericksburg offers a lot for a little town and many wineries even have tasting rooms in town. This means that after you are done with your tour, you don’t have to stop – you can come back to town and have more wine (or if you have time, take the next day to visit places in town). Fredericksburg is located right near many different attractions in Texas Hill Country such as Jacob’s Well, Enchanted Rock, and lavender farms – which are so pretty in the spring and summer! Its location makes it the perfect place to start a wine tour too. Many wineries are located less than 20 minutes from town making it easy to get to several of them from town.
In Fredericksburg, there is a visitor’s center that offers really affordable wine bus tours. For just $25, a bus will pick you up and drop you off at about 20 different wineries all throughout the area. They will also take any bottles you purchase back to town for you so that you do not have to carry them around with you all day! The route goes along through the wineries from 10 am until 5:30 pm allowing you plenty of time to try many different wines. We started off at 1:00 and visited 4 wineries by 5:30. Each winery was so unique and different.
Our first stop was at Grape Creek Vineyard. This vineyard had the best atmosphere of anywhere we stopped because the outdoor space was beautiful, offered live music, and the awesome view! Our next stop was at Becker which had a beautiful, open tasting room. It was quite crowded, but they offered free tours of their cellars so you could learn more about their wines. This sounded so fun, but we missed it by 10 minutes. Our next stop was at 4.0 cellars where there was more live music! We loved this spot because they offered sangria made with their wine which was a nice way to switch things up after drinking so much wine. Our last stop was at Fat Ass Winery where we took some hilarious photos, but mostly TACOS! They had food and we ate while there which held us over before dinner. Necessary after so much wine. By the end of the day, we had tried Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Lenoir, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Shiraz, Syrah, and more! It’s fair to say we were exhausted and full of wine as we got off the bus, picked up our wines, and headed to our AirBnB. We bought a lot of bottles between the four of us as well and it was so easy to keep track of because of the delivery back to town.
The wineries come in all different sizes and shapes with something to offer for everyone. One of our favorite things about them all was that they offered wine tastings and almost always let you keep a glass – something very different from other wineries I had been too!
Texas may not be the first place you think of when you think of wine, but you will not be disappointed spending a weekend in this charming town visiting beautiful wineries!
A Visit to Texas Hill Country Wineries is the second article in our brand new Wine Around the World-series. In this series, travel writers from all over the world will introduce you to their favourite wine districts and wine tasting experiences. Our first article, A Wine Lovers’ Guide to Sutter Winery, can be found here.
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