If you are planning a trip to Texas, consider exploring the many wineries along the Texas Hill Country Wineries trail near Austin. Not only are there over 50 spectacular wineries to tour and appreciate, but there are many options for accommodations along the way as well. The trail spans from Lampasas to New Braunfels.
Wine connoisseurs, newcomers and everyone in between will love to explore the Hill Country Wineries either on a self-guided tour or an organized Trail, for which tickets may be purchased ahead of time.
1. Messina Hof Hill Country
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Located in Fredericksburg, TX
guests can enjoy wine tasting, touring the vineyard and even stay overnight on-site at the Manor Haus Bed and Breakfast.
Messina Hof Winery wine making is inspired by traditions in Messina, Sicily where the owner's family originated. This winery is usually a first stop for most visitors along the Trail. There is available event space should guests seek a venue to host their next function. This winery and vineyard sits on nearly 10 acres of scenic property. More info
9996 US Highway 290 East Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, Phone: 830-990-4653, Map
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2. Bell Springs Winery
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Guests can take a self-guided tour around this Dripping Springs winery, where they will find two hospitable owners and their two dogs. The tasting room offers great views of the cedars and oaks on the property, while the “old” Texas architecture creates a rustic, charming atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy tastings on the outdoor patio, or just lounge and relax. Guests are encouraged to bring along a picnic and their friendly dogs to enjoy the grounds and a lovely lunch. They are happy to host weddings and meetings on the property as well.
Bell Springs Winery, 3700 Bell Springs Rd., Dripping Springs, TX 78620, Phone: 512-643-7398
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3. Flat Creek Estate and Flat Creek Enoteca
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The Estate is located 20 miles east of Marble Creek and is the where the vineyard is located. This is where the wine is made and bottled as well as where guests can take tours on Saturdays and Sundays. Group tours of eight or more can also be pre-booked. The wine tasting views overlook the scenic vineyards with plenty of seating for everyone. At the Estate, there is The Bistro restaurant for guests to enjoy a delicious dinner by reservation from Thursday to Sunday only.
Enoteca is located directly in Marble Falls and is the urban wine bar location for the Flat Creek family. Guests can sit and enjoy wine tastings as well as wine and appetizer pairings. The Enoteca location features The Wood-Fired Oven which serves a menu of wood-fired foods as a relaxed dining option.
Flat Creek Estate and Flat Creek Enoteca, 112 US HWY 281 Marble Falls, Texas 78654, Phone: 830-637-7123
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4. French Connection Wines
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French Connection Wines are dedicated to growing 100% Texas grapes and transforming them into outstanding wines in the age-old French tradition. The vineyards are planted with Rhone varietals which have proved to thrive in the growing conditions of the Texas Hill Country.
These include well-known varietals like Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Voignier, among others. French Connection is eager to showcase their fine wines to the public and everyone is invited to visit their Tasting Room in the lovely rural village of Hye.
The Tasting Room is open from Thursday to Sunday and tastings are by appointment. If you would like to extend your visit you can book one of their pretty Maisonettes.
French Connection Wines, 1197 Hye-Albert Rd, Hye, TX 78635, 830 850 4091
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5. Bending Branch Winery
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This organically focused winery, with sustainable practices at the forefront, is located just outside of Comfort. It boasts 56 acres of gorgeous scenery and 16 different varieties of grapes being grown in their 20 acre vineyard. Their signature grape, the Tannat, has become very popular in Texas and is a frontrunner in the winemaking industry. Guests can take a tour or enjoy a tasting of some of their award winning wines.There is a satellite tasting room, Branch on High, which is found in downtown Comfort and offers the Bending Branch wines for tasting, by the glass or by the bottle. They also take reservations for private tastings, parties and classes as well.
Bending Branch Winery, 142 Lindner Branch Trail, Comfort, Texas 78013, Phone: 830-995-2948
6. Dry Comal Creek Vineyards
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Featuring unique Texas wines, this winery is located just outside of New Braunfels and offers both public and private tastings. Throughout the year they host different events, including grape stomps and education classes all about wine. The on-site gift shop is the perfect location to buy that one of a kind wine oriented gift for a loved one or yourself. They want you to have a good time at this winery, which is why the atmosphere is laid back and casual. Weddings and private functions are always welcome at the vineyard.
Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, 1741 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels, Texas 78132,Phone: 830-885-4121
7. Chisholm Trail Winery
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This secluded, scenic winery is found just a short drive from Fredericksburg, away from the hustle and bustle of traffic and congestion, amongst the beautiful Hills country. Guests will love the old west charm of the saloon style tasting room where they saddle up to the bar area to get a taste of the award winning wines available. The atmosphere is both laid back and casual, as their livestock are free to roam the grounds, and the rustic buildings boast barn board accents and Texas charm. Guests can grab a bite to eat at the on-site Pizzeria or just enjoy the outdoor patio. They are happy to reserve group bookings for parties or weddings. There is a wine club for those interested in joining as well.
Chisholm Trail Winery, 2367 Usener Rd., Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, Phone: 830-990-2675
8. Lost Draw Cellars
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Lost Draw Cellars first opened their doors to the public in 2014, having produced their very first vintage 2 years previously. Today you can visit one of their two tasting rooms to learn more about wine and enjoy a relaxing, non-intimidating wine tasting of your choice. There are tasting rooms in Johnson City and in Fredericksburg, both of which offer a 45-min signature tasting which includes a tasting of 5 pure Texas-grown wines or a special immersive 90 minute Grape to Glass experience which includes a very informative vineyard tour and tasting. If you visit the Fredericksburg Tasting Room you also have the option of trying a Reserve Tasting or a Food and Wine Tasting.
Lost Draw Cellars, 113 E. Park Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78324, 830 992 3281
9. Becker Vineyards
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Becker Vineyards is known for their outstanding quality wines, which have been featured on the Fine Living Channel as well as served at the White House. They are located in Stonewall and hand-craft Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundian-style wines which pair perfectly with anything from fine dining to casual cuisine. Guests can elect to book a private tour or just sample some their fine wines in the tasting room for a fee. There is also light fare offered at this winery for those looking for a little bite to eat. Guests can experience tours of the winery and the custom cellar as well. Dogs are permitted here and they do offer wedding packages in the Lavender Haus Reception Hall.
Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd, Stonewall, Texas 78671, Phone: 830-644-2681
10. Duchman Family Winery
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Guests will fall in love with the Tuscany inspired atmosphere at the Duchman Family Winery. Located in Driftwood, this family operated winery creates Italian inspired wines using only Texas grown grapes. The old stone architecture adds to the Tuscan feel, along with the gorgeous scenic grounds. The outdoor picnic areas are ideal for enjoying a packed lunch and bottle of wine or lounge under the covered patio. The Italian Villa-style event space is perfect for parties, events and weddings. Dogs are permitted in outdoor areas only.
Duchman Family Winery
, 13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, Texas 78619, Phone: 512-858-1470
11. Fall Creek Vineyards at Tow
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Established in 1975, this is the oldest vineyard on the Hill Country Trail. Located in Tow, on the northwest shores of Lake Buchanan, this vineyard boasts many awards and accolades throughout its decades in business. Guests can tour the waters via the Fall Creek Falls boat tour, indulge in some light fare in the shady picnic area or enjoy tasting the flavorful wines of the Fall Creek Vineyard. There is a gift shop on-site as well for mementos and wine inspired gifts.
Fall Creek Vineyards at Tow, 1820 CR 222, Tow, Texas 78672, Phone: 325-379-5361
12. Fiesta Winery Fredericksburg 290
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The tasting room at this winery is a small getaway in itself. With tonnes of room for sitting, a patio and a picnic area, guests can enjoy a sampling of wines while taking a break or grabbing a bite to eat. They are located six miles east of Fredericksburg, in the Ricky Hill Complex. Their speciality is their sweet wines with unique, memorable flavors but they also have a great line of dry wines available. Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon guests are entertained by live music on the patio.
Fiesta Winery Fredericksburg 290, 6260 Highway 290 East, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, Phone: 830-997-4466
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13. William Chris Vineyards
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This vineyard and winery, located in Hye, focuses on Texan pride and the history of winemaking in the State. Guests are encouraged to make reservations for Friday to Sunday since this is the busiest times for tastings and tours. They offer tastings or wine by the glass, plus a selection of Texan made cheese to pair nicely with their wines. Guests can become educated all about Texas winemaking with offerings of classes. Guests can even enjoy barrel tastings for an added authentic flavor.
William Chris Vineyards, 10352 US Highway 290, Hye, Texas 78635, Phone: 830-998-7654
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14. Fredericksburg Winery
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USA Today has named this winery one of the top three producers in Texas. The Switzer family owns and operates this well rounded winery which is located right on Main Street in Fredericksburg. They produce a vast selection of wines from reds to whites to ports and Sherries and even sweet dessert wines. Guests can do a self-guided tour or book a private tour at this winery, however, there is no tasting room. There are educational courses available such as Wine 101, where one can learn all about the different types of wines and find out inside information on producing wine. They also have a wine club to join named “Flight Club”. More day trips in Texas
Fredericksburg Winery, 247 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, Phone: 830-990-8747
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15. Grape Creek Vineyards
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This one stop shop type winery provides guests with not only tasting options, but cellar tours, a trattoria with a delicious wood-fired menu and a shaded patio area. With an overall Tuscany feel, guests will feel as though they took a trip to Italy. The tasting room and event center provide a romantic atmosphere done in the styling of an Italian Villa. They are located in Fredericksburg along Highway 290. Guests can book a Taste and Tour package and will ride along in a small vehicle around the vineyards and for a tour of the production area plus the cellar along with barrel tastings, followed by tastings on the beautiful patio. More ideas: Things to Do in San Antonio
Grape Creek Vineyards, 10587 East U.S. Highway 290, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, Phone: 830-644-2710
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16. Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro
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One of the top 101 American wineries according to Daily Meal, this Fredericksburg estate boasts a higher end winery experience for its patrons. There are different tasting options available, including private tastings with the winemaker, Dan Gatlin. Inwood uses only the highest quality Texas grapes to create their exquisite wine selections. Guests can enjoy the outdoor patio, the bistro and “The Grove” where dogs are welcome.
Inwood Estates Winery & Bistro, 10303 US Hwy 290 East, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624, Phone: 830-997-2304
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17. Spicewood Vineyards
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Guests will find an array of tempting wines to taste at Spicewood Vineyards. They are set on a 32 acre vineyard in Spicewood, and have a relaxed tasting area for guests to enjoy a selection of their 12 varieties of wines. Winemaker tours are also available by reservation. If patrons are searching for an event center, Spicewood has the perfect venue to host, as well as a gift shop and picnic area for guests use.
Spicewood Vineyards, 1419 Burnet CR 409, Spicewood, Texas 78669, Phone: 830-693-5328
18. Ab Astris Winery
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Ab Astris vines were planted in their Stonewall vineyard, in the heart of Texas Hill Country, in 2018/2019. The vineyard comprises four acres of Tannat grapes and two acres each of Clairette Blanche, Petite Syrah, Souzao and Montepulciano. Just 5 years later the winery has a range of delectable red and white wines available for tasting and purchase. The winery encourages wine lovers to stop by for a relaxed tasting with a view of the vineyards. Guests can choose to enjoy their tasting indoors, out on the patio or under one of the shady oak trees. If you join their Wine Club you can save 15% each time you purchase your favorite wines.
Ab Astris Winery, 320 Klein Rd, Stonewall, TX 78671, 830 644 8369
19. Lewis Wines
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Like all the other Hill Country wineries, Lewis Wines are on a quest to produce the finest wines possible using only Texas-grown grapes. The winery was established in 2010 and today their wines are produced from their own vineyards as well as other trusted all-Texas vineyards.
Lewis Wines believe in producing the best “clean” grapes they can, without the use of herbicides – their chickens and sheep graze freely in the vineyards and soil health is of utmost importance. Visitors are encouraged to stop by for a seasonal tasting – a great way to get to know their wines. They also offer Winemaker’s Tasting during the fall.
Lewis Wines, 3209 Hwy 290 W, Johnson City, TX 78636, 512 987 0660
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20. Where to Stay
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There are many bed & breakfast establishments to choose from, each offering something a little different. In Dripping Springs, visitors will find Mt. Gainor Inn, which is located only 15 minutes from five wineries; Hillside Acres Retreat, offering six elegant cabins and a one bedroom guest house all fully furnished and ultra-comfortable; and Camp Lucy Cottages, offering delicious breakfast and plush, comfortable rooms. In Wimberley, travelers can choose have a look at All Wimberley Lodging, which offers a reservation service and has access to cozy, romantic cottages, homey bed and breakfasts, and stunning vacation homes on the river.
Blair House Inn is also located in Wimberley and boasts 12 rooms/suites plus an art gallery and cooking school. Guests can also indulge in spa services. If heading to Fredericksburg, visitors and stay over at The Back Forty of Fredericksburg which is the perfect place to call home base while touring the Trail. It is located within easy distance to many of the Fredericksburg wineries and vineyards. Guests stay in their own private cottage and can enjoy spa services as well as the nearby creek for beautiful views or to try their luck at fishing. Cotton Gin Village is another option, which resembles an 1870's log cabin village complete with waterfalls, limestone walls and surrounding gardens.
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A combination winery and bed and breakfast option, as previously mentioned is Messina Hof Hill Country, with four themed, private retreats to choose from. Gasteus Schmidt is an alternative to finding accommodations on your own in Fredericksburg. They are a reservation service with over 125 options of top notch accommodations available in their pool of lodging choices. They have special packages available for those looking to tour the Texas wine trail, as well as trip planning assistance with transportation and other ideas for romance or spa trips. Gift certificates are available through their website for anyone wishing to give the gift of travel.
If you prefer a hotel, there are a couple of options available along the Trail. Fredericksburg Inn & Suites offers guests a relaxing, yet very elegant atmosphere on their five acre property. They are located along Barons Creek, giving guests a feeling of seclusion and tranquility without being too far from downtown. They feature 94 guestrooms and nine suites to choose from, plus two pools and a large outdoor hot tub.
Horseshoe Bay Resort is another hotel option, located in Horseshoe Bay and providing guests with true luxurious comfort. On-site, guests will love the 72 holes of golf, the full service spa and salon, a marina, tennis courts and dining by the waterfront. There are over 380 guestrooms as well as waterfront condos and tower suites. There are endless activities to enjoy at the resort as well, whenever travelers are not exploring the wine country trail. Guests will be staying in ultra-luxury at the Horseshoe Bay Resort (Map).
Depending upon each traveler's wishes and preferences, there are accommodations to suit every taste and budget. The website, texaswinetrail.com is a wonderful resource for available lodging options, as well as descriptions of each type of accommodation. Visitors can reserve at one or a few different accommodations to explore the entire Trail. Texas wine country will not leave any visitor disappointed.
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