Monday, February 10, 2020

11 of the Best Wineries in the Texas Hill Country - Part 1

11 of the Best Wineries in the Texas Hill Country

Are you a wine connoisseur or do you simply enjoy the taste of a fine wine with dinner? Do you think the best wines come from Napa Valley? The Texas Hill Country has become a popular wine tourism destination as well, offering some award-winning, palate-pleasing wines. The Texas Hill Country boasts so many wine estates and vineyards that there is only enough space to feature eleven of them here. Whether you live nearby or choose to come to the Hill Country on your vacation, you won’t be disappointed in the red, white, and rosé wines here.

vineyard fields and trees aerial view

1. Driftwood Estate Winery

Located in Driftwood, Texas, this winery and vineyard show their Texas pride in their fine wine offerings made from Texas grapes. Driftwood Estate Winery stands on a bluff with a stunning view of its vineyard grapevines as well as the Hill Country. Enjoy tasting any of the six wines on their tasting list in the tasting room or enjoy a glass of wine while roaming the winery grounds. You may also choose to sip your wine with one of the tasty items from the newly-opened on-site bistro.

Vineyard and estate aerial view

2. Fall Creek Vineyards

Named after the breathtaking 90-foot waterfalls located at the north end of the ranch, these vineyards had an interesting beginning. In 1973, Ed and Susan Auler took a trip to France with the intention of purchasing some French-bred cattle to cross with their herd of Angus in the Hill Country. However, they had recently become interested in wine, and though Ed was practicing law, he had also taken over the operation of his family’s ranch and wanted to find a way to increase its profitability. Their trip to France became an education in French wines, food, and culture, and in 1975, they began their vineyard with a test plot of a quarter acre that grew into seven-and-a-half acres by the late 1970s. Then they began purchasing the 400 acres that have become Fall Creek Vineyards. In the mid-1980s they increased their wine education with help from experts in Napa and Sonoma. Ed and Susan began as wine-growing pioneers in the Texas Hill Country and have grown their vineyard and winery to now include two tasting rooms in two different locations, Fall Creek Vineyards in Tow, Texas and their second location in Driftwood, Texas. All their wines are made from Texas-grown grapes.

courtyard with chairs, tables, and tree

3. Signor Vineyards

Signor Vineyards in Fredericksburg, Texas is a result of the friendships of three generations of two families, the Signors and the Weisingers. Signor Vineyards is located in the Texas Hill Country where the Pedernales River meets Grape Creek and is known as the most beautiful winery in the Hill Country. The tasting room is located in a former residence. After a tasting, why not purchase a bottle of the wine you found most palatable, spread a blanket under the shade of one of the oak trees, and enjoy your own picnic lunch while feasting your eyes on the 135-acre property.

grapes on the vine

4. Grape Creek Vineyards

Come taste the wines of Grape Creek. They have won over 200 medals in just the past two years. This 100-acre estate offers winery tasting rooms and a restaurant in a Tuscan Villa. You are certain to feel as though you have entered a part of Italy while standing in Fredericksburg, Texas. Grape Creek owner Brian Heath recently opened another tasting room, “Heath Sparkling Wines,” in a very modern building with a spectacular view of the rows upon rows of grapevines used to make Grape Creek’s wines. At Heath Sparkling Wines, experience Euphoria, a Chenin-Blanc elegant sparkling wine with characteristics of white peach, honeysuckle, and subtle citrus zest.

5. 4.0 Cellars

This unique tasting room is a combination of three wineries: BrennanVineyards, a 37-acre vineyard in Comanche, Texas that produces world-class wines recognized in international competitions; Lost Oak Winery of Burleson, Texas, known for its award-winning Merlot; and McPherson Cellars, which has been in business for over 40 years and promotes Mediterranean and Rhone Valley varietals in Lubbock, Texas. They offer three wine tasting experiences: the Signature Tasting Experience where you can choose from three tasting menus that give you the opportunity to taste six wines; the Texas Cheese and Wine Experience which features five artisan Texas cheeses from Veldhuizen Cheese Company along with five 4.0 wines specifically selected to complement the cheeses; and the Private Texas Chocolate and Wine Experience which pairs four award-winning chocolate truffles with four carefully selected 4.0 wines.

You can't miss with any of these wineries! We’ll finish our list next blog post. Stay tuned!

(read the rest of the 11 wineries)