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The Best Hill Country Wineries
Check out our Interactive Map Here of Wine Traveler’s Favorite Hill Country Wineries
Greig Santos-Buch– From finely tuned Tempranillo, crisp Viognier to beautiful rhone-style red blends, Texas Hill Country Wineries are not only situated around beautiful scenery, the wines they’re producing are only beginning to gain world-wide recognition.
1. Pedernales Cellars
Did you know Texas Hill Country is an up and coming Viognier growing area? Elevated, sunny, windswept, limestone hillsides provide ideal growing conditions for stubborn grapes like Viognier. Some Vintners here have really begun to fine-tune their craft and produce refreshing white wines. While the whites are great, my favorite red in all of Hill Country came from Pedernales.
Pedernales Cellars makes for a great first stop for a wine tour in Fredericksburg because it will leave an impression on you. This is an award winning winery, with a beautiful patio that offers 360 degree views of the surrounding hill country. You’ll often encounter live music at the winery, adding a bit of an Austin-esque feel to this remote and flavor prone property.
Don’t be shy to roam around the estate! Grapes are sourced from multiple vineyards within the region, and as I mentioned above, their GSM red blend is my favorite red wine thus far in all of Texas Hill Country. Tastings do not need to be scheduled in advance. Visit the Pedernales Cellars website.
2. Becker Vineyards
Becker is a bit more mainstream (now producing around 1.3 million bottles annually) and has a few other… attractions associated with the property. If you time your visit in either May or June, there’s a good shot you’ll get to see a sweeping lavender field not far from the tasting room. They also have extensive fields of wild flowers if you time your visit right.
The beginning of summer is also peak season so it can get somewhat crowded. Try to plan your visit during the week. Checkout a virtual tour of the Becker tasting room and property. On-site tours typically run every 30 minutes on weekends. Visit the Becker Vineyards website.
3. Torre di Pietra Vineyards
Next stop and just up the road – Torre di Pietra appears to be a boutique winery from the outside and an intimate inviting experience on the interior. This is a family run venue that offers Tuscan-inspired vines and flare. Active military members are given free tastings.
Don’t be shy to try some of the blends, especially the Red Flirt, Dirty Girl. their Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon. Feel free to bring a pet along to Torre di Pietra – they’re permitted on the grounds and in the tasting room as long as they’re on a leash. You can also catch some live music out on the patio over the weekend. Visit the Torre di Pietra website.
4. Grape Creek Vineyards
Grape Creek winery is an Italian-styled winery located pretty much next door to Torre di Pietra. If you’re following along with this itinerary, this will likely be your last stop for the day.
Be confident in your decision – Grape Creek Vineyards has snatched up over 100 medals over the years with their wines. Done up in a Tuscan-themed architectural style, the buildings on the property are primarily made of stone with classic red roofs. Visit the Grape Creek website.
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