Monday, February 24, 2020

11 of the Best Wineries in the Texas Hill Country - Part 2

Hello wine connoisseurs! We’re back to finish our list of 11 of the Best Wineries in the Texas Hill Country! The Hill Country is a geographical sweet-spot with a climate that allows grapes to thrive in the rich Texas soil. If you’re in town, check out a few of these wineries during your stay.

Missed the first blogpost? Read about the first 5 wineries on our list.

people tasting wine in wine cellar

6. Spicewood Vineyards

Considered one of the largest vineyards in the Hill Country, Spicewood Vineyards was founded as a winery that only produced wines from grapes grown on the estate. Today, they strive to adhere to that tradition. These vineyards started with 17 acres of grapevines and nine of those acres are still producing excellent fruit on vines that are more than 24 years old. Now the vineyard boasts 32 acres and grows several varieties, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Tempranillo.

grapes on the vine

7. Ron Yates Wines

This family-owned and operated winery produces exquisite Spanish, Italian, and Rhone-style wines from estate-grown grapes. They recently opened a tasting pavilion that also offers a large outdoor porch where you can enjoy a glass of wine while relaxing. The owner, Ron Yates, is a specialist in Tempranillo, therefore, he plants that grape extensively in his vineyards along with Graciano and Petite Sirah grapes.

wine bottles and glasses by vineyard

8. Calais Winery

Benjamin Calais’s winery doesn’t just bear his name but the name of his hometown in France as well, Calais. Benjamin started his winery in Hye, Texas in 2008 because he enjoys winemaking and had a desire to create and share outstanding wines. This winery is built into the side of a hill, in the tradition of a “wine cave." This keeps the space naturally cooler. Benjamin Calais makes old-world wine with a new-world flair. Calais Winery offers two wine tasting experiences: Tasting in the Cave where you can taste wine at the tasting bar with intentionally limited space to encourage conversation and learning; and the Winemakers Table where you will reserve your place at the farm table and experience wine tasting with French winemaker, Benjamin Calais.

rolling hills of a vineyard

9. Flat Creek Estate

Flat Creek is more than wine tasting. It’s an experience. The estate covers 80 acres of Texas land. The estate offers wine tasting, winery tours, and a menu offering everything from hors d’oeuvres and cheese to wood-fired pizzas, to three-course wine-paired chef’s menus. There is even an 18-hole disc golf course on the estate that offers two playing options: a challenging professional level and a fun, less intense level. The Wine and Food Hall is a beautiful space for enjoying food and wine, sampling new wines, or socializing with friends over appetizers and a bottle of wine. The former tasting room has been turned into the Market Hall. This hall offers fantastic views of the winery production area or a Port Room set up for private groups. There are gift items available, as well as a patio for relaxing with a glass of wine. If you’re looking for a short getaway, you can stay overnight at the Vintner’s Quarters that offers lots of sleeping space, as well as a kitchen and living area. There is also a bistro on the estate.

couple drinking wine in vineyard

10. Becker Vineyards

Becker Vineyards is a large, beautiful estate. There are 56 acres with several vineyards. There are also acres of grassy lawn perfect for a picnic. A field of lavender offers delightful fragrance and beauty. The Lavender Haus is a replica of a barn at the Lyndon B. Johnson Settlement in Johnson City and is used for wine dinners, festive luncheons, birthday parties, group wine tastings, and more. The Verandah is a large patio that offers outdoor wine tasting. The winery is a reproduction of a 19th century German stone barn. Becker Vineyards produces red, white, and rosé wines that are sure to please you.

11. Pedernales Cellars

Run by a sixth generation Texas family, Pedernales Cellars has been producing Texas grapes since 1995 to make their exceptional Spanish and Rhone Style wines, including their benchmark Tempranillo and Viognier. Pedernales Cellars offers 145 acres of land with incomparable views of the Texas Hill Country. Their wine tasting menu offers six selections designed to give you the full range of what this winery has to offer.

This is just a sampling of the many wineries in the Texas Hill Country. These wineries offer beautiful, relaxing, intimate settings where you can please your palate with their award-winning wines, most of which are made from Texas-grown grapes. Some of them have great spots to bring a picnic, others offer on-site restaurants, and some of them also offer venues that are perfect for a birthday party or wedding. If you enjoy wine tasting or a good glass of wine with dinner or a picnic, come to one of the beautiful, unique wineries in the Texas Hill Country and experience the taste of Texas.