From Austin to Fredericksburg, the Texas Hill Country is home to more than 40 wineries featuring hundreds of uniquely crafted Texas wines. While not all of the wineries in the Lone Star State have a vineyard attached, most of them have land that they grow the grape vines on, in addition to the tasting rooms and wine processing centers. Below are ten Texas Wineries that are definitely worth a visit.
Becker Vineyards was established in 1996 and is located in Stonewall, TX, right outside of Fredericksburg. Consisting of 46 acres, the estate contains eight varietals of grapes, including Syrah, Petite Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. This winery is the largest purchaser of French and American Oak barrels in Texas and processes 55 bottles per minute and over a 100,000 cases of wine per year. Becker Vineyards’ wine has been served in the stateliest of settings, including the White House and the renowned James Beard House.
When you visit the vineyard and come down Becker Farms Road, be sure to stop for a picture in the Texas wildflowers. You’ll also see the surrounding peach orchards and hay production depending on the season.
The Texas winery and vineyard with the million-dollar view opened in 2002 and is a staple when it comes to wine tours in Texas. Located between Dripping Springs and Wimberley, outside of Austin, Driftwood Estates offers Mediterranean-style wines and a breathtaking view. We recommend enjoying a glass or two on their hilltop, which overlooks acres of vineyards below.
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
Established in 1992, Dry Comal Creek Vineyard is located in New Braunfels, making it the perfect stop after a weekend tubing trip. The first grape vines were planted in 1992, harvested in 1995 and produced into wine in 1998. That same year the owners, Franklin and Bonnie Houser, opened the tasting room. Unfortunately, floods and disease destroyed their vines, but instead of closing down, the owners got creative and developed a series of core wines, not French- or California-styled, that no other Texas winery was making using Black Spanish Grapes. They are considered the pioneers of Black Spanish Texas wine. A boutique winery, Dry Comal Creek Vineyards produces 8,000 cases of a wine per year.
Duchman Family Winery
Just down the road from Driftwood, the Duchman Family Winery was established in 2004 in Driftwood. This Tuscan-inspired winery sources the majority of its fruit from the Texas High Plains, where cooler temperatures are ideal for the production of fine wine made from Italian grape varieties. As the winery grows, the Duchmans remain committed to their goal to produce food-friendly fine wine in Central Texas using exclusively Texas-grown grapes. Their estate is one of the most beautiful wineries in the Hill Country, with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the vineyard views.
Grape Creek Vineyards
Welcome to Tuscany in Texas! Grape Creek Vineyards was established in 1983 in Fredericksburg and they have received more than 100 awards for their wines over the years. You can enjoy their Tuscan villa tasting room in addition to taking a tour of the vineyard. Much like many of the wineries mentioned, they also have stunning views of the rolling hills of the Hill Country.
Kerrville Hills Winery
Located in Kerrville, Kerrville Hills Winery was the first winery in Kerrville and is built overlooking the Guadalupe River Valley. Established in 2008, this Texas winery is perfect for those looking to experience fine wines in a causal atmosphere. Their Cabernet and Merlot wines are made from Lake County, California grapes grown on an hillside overlooking Clear Lake. They are then aged in various combinations of French oak and American oak barrels at the winery, bottled and stored again for eight to sixteen months to allow the wine to properly age, soften and allow the oak and fruit flavors to fully develop.
Pedernales Cellars, a family owned and operated winery outside of Fredericksburg in Stonewall, is Texas’ leading producer of authentic, handcrafted wines, including benchmark Tempranillos and Viogniers. Their award-winning wines are 100% Texan. Their cellar is built right into the land’s limestone, making it the perfect place to store and cool their wines.
Sister Creek Vineyards
Located in Sisterdale, TX, Sister Creek Vineyards was established in 1988 and is home to award-winning, barrel-aged European-style wines, which they craft in an old cotton gin that dates back to 1885. Their wines include Cabernet Sauvignon Blends, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Muscat Canelli. This winery is a little off the beaten bath between Fredericksburg and Boerne, but definitely worth the trip.
Texas Hills Vineyard
Texas Hills Vineyard is located in the quiet hills of the Pedernales River Valley near Johnson City. This winery is home of the “Kick Butt Cab” as well as other Italian-styled wines. Texas Hills Vineyard is a champion for environmentally friendly methods to protect the environment and maintain the vineyard in a sustainable organic fashion. They use fine turkey compost to fertilize the land and as few chemicals as possible to fight weeds. Their unique tasting room is called a “cave above ground” as it was built within existing rock.
Wimberley Valley Winery
The oldest winery on our list, Wimberley Valley Winery was established in 1983 in Driftwood. Their winemaker, Dean Valentine, has been with the winery from the beginning and continues to play a major role in wine production today. The winery ferments and stores 25,000 gallons of handcrafted wine. Since the actual winery was located in a precinct that was “dry” until 2008, they opened a tasting room in historic Old Town Spring many years ago. You can find Wimberley Valley Wines at H.E.B., Spec’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Whole Foods, Central Market, as well as many local liquor stores.
Visiting the Texas Hill Country and tasting the delicious wines produced in the Lone Star State is something every Texan should experience at least once. Not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Texas’ rolling hills, but you also get to experience the delicious flavors of the Lone Star State.