Visiting Texas Hill Country Wineries

Texas Hill WineriesTexas 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.

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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.

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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.

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Texas Hill Wineries

Texas Hill Wineries

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!

This article is submitted by Meghan Ramsey of The Traveling Teacher. Meghan is originally from Texas, and she runs a blog focusing on budget travelling. You can also connect with her on Instagram

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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Christina Sunneklep (b.1992) is a rather snap-happy Norwegian travel blogger. For the past few years, she's been winging it in Rome - now she's doing her best to conquer Glasgow, Scotland.

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15 Comments

  1. Lauren Bassnett April 27, 2017

    loving the fancy outfits! Stylish girls!

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  2. It sounds like you girls had an awesome day! Too bad you missed the cellar tour. We did one in Napa Valley last year, and it was awesome. We got to try wine straight from the barrels! I love visiting wineries too. It’s always a shame when you need a designated driver, so that bus tour sounds perfect! Never been to Texas though, we’re from Belgium. ;)

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    • Christina April 29, 2017

      I’m pretty sure Meghan and her friends had an excellent time in Texas! I love visiting wineries, and I think one of my favorite visits was in Argentina. It was such a beautiful scenery :)

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  3. Eleonore April 29, 2017

    Didn’t know anything about Texas wine so thanks for sharing! Also, I definitely taught in Baltimore with one of your friends in the photos…such a small world!

    Xx

    http://www.eleonoreeverywhere.com

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    • Christina April 30, 2017

      Well, according to my guest writer, Meghan, Texas turns out to be the perfect place for wine tasting! A small world indeed :)

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  4. C-Ludik April 29, 2017

    I am definitively the designated driver when we visit wineries with my family or friends as I do not drink any alcohol :-). I did not realise that with more than 350 wineries, Texas now is the fifth largest wine-producing state !! Each place seems to have its own personality, terroir and style of winemaking.

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    • Christina April 30, 2017

      It’s crazy isn’t it? I’ve never thought of Texas as a wine district previous to this article – but it most definitely is!

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  5. Jurga April 29, 2017

    I never knew there were wineries in Texas, let alone so many! Looks like you had a nice experience!

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    • Christina April 30, 2017

      It’s most certainly a hidden secret, Jurga! I’m sure Meghan had an excellent time :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Christina April 29, 2017

    Haha you’re right!! I had no idea that Texas had a wine country like this, but now that I know… I want to go!!! Love the photos and great post :)

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    • Christina April 30, 2017

      Haha, it’s not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of wine… Thanks for stopping by, Christina!

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  7. Tracy April 29, 2017

    Wow you guys seem to have a fab day! I love visiting wineries! I must admit when I think about wine and the USA California springs to mind but not Texas! Great to learn more about the country and will keep this in mind if I ever get the chance to visit!

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    • Christina April 30, 2017

      I must agree with you, Tracy. California definitely springs to mind rather than Texas… But it sounds like it might be about to change? Thanks for stopping by, Tracy!

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  8. Jamie April 30, 2017

    I can’t believe that $25 will give you such a great tour! So many wineries, too! I can’t say I’ shocked that Texas has fab wine… The have to have something to match the insanely good food! ;-) Looks like you had such a good girl’s day!!

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