When you think about Texas, you probably don’t immediately think of wine. And when you think of wine, you aren’t likely to think Texas. Well, you have another think coming. Texas actually ranks fourth in wine producing states, behind California, New York, and Washington.
The history of wine production in Texas goes back at least to the 1600’s when Spanish Missionaries are recorded to have produced wine for sacramental use. However, of the dozens of grape varieties grown in the region today, fifteen are native to the state, more than any other region on earth, so its likely wines were produced there before recorded history.
The Texas Hill Country, outside of San Antonio is home to a 9,000-acre wine region, where the climate produces wines that have been compared to Portuguese vintages, and vines were planted and cultivated hundreds of years before grape propagation began in California.
For a fun, scenic and educational day-trip from San Antonio, grab some friends and take a wine tour. A luxurious mini-bus for transportation ensures that you have a designated driver, so you can feel free to sample the wines at the wineries you visit.
San Antonio Wine Tour stops include:
Becker Vineyards – Tour the winery and cellar set in a 19th Century stone barn reproduction that is surrounded by fragrant lavender fields. Sample hand-crafted, award-winning wines.
Grape Creek Vineyards – Offers a taste of Tuscany in Texas. Sample premium quality wine in the romantic Italian Villa tasting room, visit their unique cellar at the state-of-the-art wine production complex..
Torre di Pietra Winery – It’s all Texas style here, from the award-winning Texas grapes, to the live Texas music on the Piazza. With your wine you are encouraged to sample their assortment of cheeses, crackers and wine-infused chocolates
Fredricksburg Texas – This quaint German built town will provide a lunch stop on your tour. You’ll find authentic German, Persian, Spanish and Mexican restaurants. Explore the neighborhoods shops and culture before meeting up with your wine tour group .
The natural beauty of the vineyards in Hill Country, the rich cultures of Fredricksburg, the scent of lavender, it will all come back to you each time you uncork a bottle of your favorite Texas Hill Country wine.