Best Texas Winery with a View – My Winespill
With a climate suitable for growing grapes from Italy and southern France (and landscapes similar to those scenic wine regions), Texas’ American Viticultural Areas feature thriving wine tourism industries. Plus, wine lovers will find that vino prices here are a bargain compared to those in popular wine regions like Napa Valley and Sonoma, California. So, pack your cowboy boots, rent a pickup truck, savor down-home country cuisine and embrace the state’s Old West style at these must-visit Texas wineries. From the Texas Hill Country to the Texas High Plains, the Lone Star State offers top-notch wineries for oenophiles, and IMO these are all a best Texas winery with a view.
Fall Creek Vineyards
A best Texas winery with a view in Tow, Texas
Ed and Susan Auler are credited with starting the Texas Hill Country wine scene by planting Vitis vinifera vines at their central Texas ranch in 1975. Today, Fall Creek Vineyard’s stunning original location on Lake Buchanan (which sits 2 miles northeast of Tow and less than 83 miles northwest of Austin) is known for its peaceful, rural setting and casual European country decor. The vineyard – the oldest in the Texas Hill Country Trail Region – does not produce wine on-site. However, the estate’s $16 tasting features wines denoted “THC,” which means every variety available here is made with grapes grown in the Texas Hill Country.
At the north end of the ranch flows the namesake creek arising from springs beneath the vineyards and flows into Lake Buchanan. Here is where the creek drops ninety feet creating two astonishing waterfalls.
Duchman Family Winery
A best Texas winery with a view in Driftwood, Texas
At the Duchman family’s beautiful Texas Hill Country winery, you’ll discover Tuscan-style red roof tiles and stone walls so breathtaking that the property was bestowed one of the most picturesque wineries in the U.S. by HGTV. Grapes sourced from the Texas High Plains are the basis for wines like vermentino, sangiovese and dolcetto. Try six varieties during a standard wine tasting (which costs $15 per person), then enjoy an authentic Italian feast at nearby Trattoria Lisina. Or, pay $50 for a seat on Austin Detours’ Salt Lick & Winery Shuttle Tour. The excursion covers transportation from Austin to the famous Salt Lick BBQ restaurant and the Duchman Family Winery. Keep in mind, food and wine tastings cost extra.
You can enjoy a picnic with your wine tasting as they have picnic tables outdoors in the shade of the oaks, or pick a cozy spot inside the winery hallway with a windowed view into the barrel room, fermentation tank, or production area to view bottling and labeling of their wines.
Best Wineries With A Rolling Hills View
- Hawk’s Shadow Winery, Dripping Springs—Sit atop a hill with the friendliest people you’ll meet, surrounded only by hills, just a short drive from Pedernales Falls State Park. Must-try: Bad Boy Red
- Torr Na Lochs, Burnet—A beautiful hilltop property with a view of the famous red granite hills and Inks Lake. Must-try: Orange Muscat
- Stone House Vineyards, Spicewood—Enjoy sitting in shaded areas positioned directly next to their significant vines, or, if you’re a member or guest of a member, sit by Lake Travis and watch the boats go by. Must-try: Estate Claros
- Driftwood Estate, Driftwood—Simply the best place to be at sunset. Be sure to grab a seat cliffside overlooking their vineyard below. Must-try: Longhorn Red
For directions to other wine trails see our wine trails maps.