Get the low down on all the best Texas Hill Country Wineries and Austin wine tours!
It’s no mystery why the Texas Hill Country is one of the most coveted places to reside and visit; with its beautiful wildflowers and sunsets, to its quaint local eateries and pleasant hospitality. But there’s one thing in particular we love about this region (especially at this time of year): the wineries! Texas Hill Country wineries bring in around 5 million visitors each year and we completely understand why. They’re exceptionally beautiful, fun, and provide delicious accompaniments to taste! In fact, the Texas Hill Country AVA is the second-largest in the nation and Wine Enthusiast recently named the region a best wine travel destination for 2014. With over 40 wineries to choose from, it’s hard to pick one as they each have their own personality and unique flare. We’re here to highlight a few of our favorites and help you plan an award-winning wine experience you won’t forget (depending on how many wines you sample).
Duchman Family Winery
Located in Driftwood, TX, Duchman Family Winery is one of the top wine destinations here. The Duchmans are committed to creating “food-friendly fine wine”, sourcing the majority of their fruit from the Texas High Plains AVA where cooler temperatures reside. Constantly innovating and creating new flavors, you can expect to find lovely wines like Vermentino, Sangiovesse, and Dolcetto. These wines are accompanied by a well-mannered, knowledgeable staff that is wonderful at accommodating large parties. The gorgeous property and architecture only add to the enjoyable experience.
If you enjoy Mediterranean varieties, specifically Spanish and Portuguese blends, we highly recommend Lewis Wines. Located about an hour west of Austin, this 100 acre estate is filled with unique, delectable wines and a dedicated team that create an unforgettable tasting. The young members of this staff are super passionate about creating delicious wines from 100% Texas fruit. Best part, the small $10 tasting fee is refunded with a purchase of a bottle!
Flat Creek Estate
Are you ready to devote your entire afternoon to tastings? Visit Flat Creek Estate for sure! This winery, located in the Lake Travis area, is gorgeous and has so much to offer. The drive up boasts a scenic route with hills and a beautiful countryside view. Once there, you’ll enjoy a stunning tasting room and even separate Bistro with awesome food. The dedicated owners utilize their expertise, growing delicious fruits to craft exceptional wines. Make sure you meet Trooper, the winery’s friendly dog!
There are numerous other wineries in the Texas Hill Country region perfect for planning wine tours, tastings, and enjoying a wonderful day outdoors with a bit of southern hospitality and charm. Overwhelmed by which to choose? Book a wine tour in Austin and let someone else do the driving and picking for you! Heart of Texas Wine Tours, Wine Tours of Texas, and BlueBonnet Wine Tours all offer intimate tours, corporate events, or group outings customized to your trip requirements. Book a half day, full day, or whatever you desire. We highly recommend making a visit to the Texas Hill Country Wineries a priority!
See a complete list of all the wonderful wineries here.