Texas Hill Country Wineries – My Winespill
A weekend in the Texas Hill Country Wineries
We decided it was time. Time to take a tour and see for ourselves the stunning wineries of central Texas. Now that Texas is officially open, yet we are taking precautions and still wearing masks, we are ready to plan. Plan our long weekend trip to the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail to explore the countryside and learn about the land and the grapes that produce Texas wine.
We flew into Austin to trace some wineries from Stonewall to Fredericksburg. On our first stop, we longed to eat some famous Texas BBQ. We had to experience the open pit BBQ at The Salt Lick. The food was fall-off-the-bone delicious. Next door is a wine tasting shop that will set you up with beer or wine to have with your meal. We tasted and bought a couple of bottles of wine after we ate. The only problem is they could not ship the wines to us. Some wineries can ship, be sure to check first if you need to do this!
Our starting point was in Fredericksburg to take Wine Road 290. This is the main drag for many of the Texas Hill Country wineries. Driving maps aren’t needed here if you take advantage of the hop on hop off bus tours. We had booked a charming Air B&B for the weekend. We also booked a reservation for drinks and dinner at Altstadt Brewery. I started with a beer flight and Bavarian pretzel, and ordered the sausage platter to share. A fun start to our wine weekend in the German style restaurant.
290 Wine Shuttle
Now, Saturday was our big day! The 290 Wine Shuttle has buses every 10 minutes that stop along a select number of vineyards off highway 290. I’m not sure if there’s any way to stop at all of the wineries and return home standing?! So we stopped at a few select ones that are known by their good reputation to kick off our Hill Country weekend! Tours run from 10am-6pm. We chose to stop at 4 wineries and spent nearly 6 hours only exploring four.
But first, lunch. We stopped at this local place called Woerner’s. The menu was very eclectic! All the sandwiches & paninis looked so good it was difficult to choose. I went with signature chicken salad panini, which was amazing. I can’t wait to go back for more! Onward to our 290 wine tour.
Texas Hill Country Wineries
Baron’s Creek Vineyards- Stop #1 called for a tasting and some Rose! We had to wait a bit to do a tasting. Loved tasting the wines here, they offer a White/Light tasting and a Red Tasting. We each did one so we could taste them all. Of the wineries we visited, this one was the priciest tasting, but the grape juice was definitely worth the squeeze!
Baron’s Creek Vineyards, Must try: Rosé Wine
Baron’s Creek Vineyards, made for a beautiful Winery Weekend, 290 Wine Tours
Becker Vineyards – Stop #2 – Offers free tours! We learned so much from our guide about
how they make wine (white and rosé and red), why & how they barrel age, and for how long! Some of them are over 2 years. If you live in Texas, you can find many of these wines locally.
BeckerVineyards, Fredericksburg TX, 290 Wine Tours, Wine Cellar, Wine Storage
Messina Hof Winery – Stop #3 – They have a Prosecco flight here which I would highly recommend! I had to buy the growler here as I’m sure I’ll be back for refills.
Fiesta Winery – Stop #4 – Such a fun concept, though I wish we had gotten here earlier in the day! The names of their wine and the artwork is so clever. I had a special rosé, and tasted a sweet watermelon wine, which was delicious, but a little too sweet for this girl.
Tex Way Rose, Fiesta Winery, Fredericksburg TX, 290 wine tour
We had worked up an appetite after our day of drinking and went to “the best Mexican place in town”. Not bad, as I’m always on the lookout for good Tex Mex.
Hondo’s on Main
Believe it or not, we were pretty exhausted after our day of drinking so we headed back to our place to relax for the rest of the night. We had an early morning and a long drive home, so we kept Saturday night low key.
We stopped for some Cheese Enchiladas at Hondos in Fredericksburg, TX. More cheese please! Cheese Enchiladas… WITH Queso!
Said Goodbye At Brunch
Sunday was time to get up and head home. Before heading back we stopped over for brunch at Rathskeller Restaurant. I had a breakfast taco that was burrito sized, and comes with egg and potato. I added bacon ($.99 extra). As we were leaving, I noticed that this restaurant is actually next to the former old town hospital and has been beautifully restored. There’s so much history here!
In a nutshell, that was how to see top Texas wineries in one Hill Country weekend. If you have extra time in this part of the country, take some time to peek around Austin, TX if you’ve never been.