A surprising fact about Texas Hill Country is that it is a wine-lover’s oasis, literally! There are over 50 wineries in Texas Hill Country, each with its own distinct personality, which can be tasted in their wines, but it can also be seen and felt in their atmospheres, architecture and landscaping. Just a few are featured here, but there are dozens more!
Armadillo’s Leap is 10 minutes from bustling Fredericksburg, but it’s a world apart. The tasting room is a laid-back place where guests can taste red and white wines, with a line of sparkling wines coming in the near future. An added bonus of purchasing a case of wine from Armadillo’s Leap is that a portion of that purchase price will go to charity. The winery chooses a different charity each year to which it devotes 100% of these donations.
Chisholm Trail Winery greets visitors with Old West at every turn. The tasting room at Chisholm Trail is fashioned to look like a saloon, and livestock wander the property at their leisure. Guests may see miniature donkeys, sleek quarter horses, or genuine Texas longhorns as they eat and drink. An array of award-winning wines is available for tasting and for purchase.
Flat Creek Winery offers more of a Tuscan inspiration to its guests. The winery sits on a beautiful 80-acre vineyard where weddings are held often because of the estate’s natural beauty. There is a restaurant simply called The Bistro which serves casual daily lunches, weekend brunch, and fine dining. Tours of the entire estate show guests what Flat Creek is all about, and tastings are held at both Flat Creek Estate or the nearby Flat Creek Enoteca. Visitors to the Enoteca can sample wines made at Flat Creek and imported Italian wines as well.
Rustic meets modern at Kerrville Hills Winery, the first winery in Kerrville, Texas. The double-sided brick fireplace, antique details and tin-lined walls create a buffet for the eyes, but these details are actually a nod to the homestead that once stood on the same spot as Kerrville Hill’s tasting room. Many of the little touches that make the room so unique actually came from the home built in the 1960s. The tasting room has windows that look out over the winemaking area so guests can enjoy sampling different wines while watching them being made.
Woodrose Winery is a small winery that offers huge rewards. Still in its early stages, this particular winery gives visitors the chance to see what a young vineyard looks like. Because Woodrose is family owned, it’s easy to see the love and commitment that have carefully crafted this laid-back atmosphere. Special food and wine events are held just about every week, and there’s a good chance that guests will get to enjoy live music while sitting on the front patio or the back deck during their tasting no matter when they visit Woodrose Winery in Stonewall, Texas. The dance hall is also a visitor favorite.