The wine-making tradition in Texas can be traced back to around the 1650s when Spanish missionaries are believed to have produced wine from vineyards near El Paso in west Texas. With this in mind, Texas enjoys the status of being the oldest wine-making region in the United States with wine production starting more than 100 years before California or Virginia wineries entered the picture. Today, Texas is the fifth largest wine producing state in the country. Several million visitors head to the Texas Hill Country each year, where over two dozen wineries are clustered.
There are several ways to tour the Texas Hill Country wineries and sample some of Texas’ premier wines. You can take one of the many guided wine tours offered out of Austin, San Antonio, and Fredericksburg. Some of the wine tours are available through Texas Wine Tours, the Abbey Walker Texas Hill Country Wine Tours, San Antonio Wine Tours, and others. You can also explore the wine country in the Texas Hill Country at your own pace. If you are heading to the Texas Hill Country to visit a few wineries and vineyards, be sure to stop at some of these premier wineries:
Chisholm Trail Winery. The Chisholm Trail Winery is located just outside of Fredericksburg in the heart of the Hill Country. This winery is open for tours and visits Thursday through Monday each week, and offers a picturesque landscape of rolling vineyards as well as ranch lands featuring Longhorn cattle and horses to add to the Texas feel of your wine tasting experience here.
Driftwood Estate Winery. The Driftwood Estate Winery is a charming winery located southwest of Austin the small Hill Country town of Driftwood. This is one of the newer wineries in the Hill Country, with its first commercial wine released in 2003. The tasting area features both indoor and outdoor seating with a relaxed ambiance and amazing views from a hilltop overlooking the vineyard.
Fall Creek Vineyards. The Fall Creek Vineyards is an award-winning winery that sits in a beautiful location over looking Lake Buchanan in Tow, Texas. This winery first opened in 1975, making it the oldest winery in the Hill Country. With a visit to Fall Creek Vineyards, you can tour the operations, sample wines, enjoy a delicious lunch in the picnic area overlooking the lake, and even take a boat tour of Lake Buchanan.
Fredericksburg Winery. The Fredericksburg Winery is a 10,600 square foot wine-making facility located right on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. This family-owned winery has been recognized by USA Today as one of the three top wine producers in the state. The winery uses locally grown grapes as well as grapes imported from top vineyards across the country to produce a variety of red and white wines. The winery is open daily for tours and tastings.
These are just a few of the several dozen wineries awaiting you in the Texas Hill Country!