I have been asked many times on what wineries I would recommend for people to visit. That is expected since I have personally visited over 300 Texas wineries over the years around the state. The answer depends on what part of Texas they are visiting, but the most commonly asked about area is the Texas Hill Country, since it is the second most visited wine destination in the United States. The difficult part is coming up with a handful of wineries for the person to visit over a weekend. There are so many good wineries and tasting rooms in the Texas Hill Country and, of course, it depends on what styles of wine the person likes.
I have partnered with the national tour company Private Label Tours to hopefully help answer the question on what wineries to visit in the Texas Hill Country. We have arranged a seven day tour of the Texas Hill Country, including private winery tastings and tours, social events with local wine authorities, shopping, and some of the best restaurants available. Even with seven days, there still is not enough time with logistics to get to all the wineries I would recommend, but we have made a great head start for the guest to learn how great Texas wine is, and entice them to return to visit more wineries.
In order to get the best benefit from the most wineries, we decided to concentrate mostly on U.S 290, often called Wine Road 290, stretching from Johnson City to Fredericksburg, Texas. But, there are some great wineries off 290, so some of those wineries are also included in the tour.
Now, this is not your common “party bus tour” of the Fredericksburg area. This tour provides the guest an education about the Texas wine industry and Hill Country wines. In addition, guests will meet and engage with local winery owners and other wine authorities. There may even be a few special surprises thrown in, that the average winery visitor does not get the chance to enjoy.
A guest cannot just drink wine during the entire trip, so some fantastic restaurants have also been included in the tour. Restaurants have been chosen to provide a variety of delicacies for the guests’ enjoyment. We have even arranged an entertaining evening with a cooking class and dinner, with wine included, provided by a nationally recognized gourmet food producer—Fredericksburg’s own, Fischer & Wieser.
With all the extraordinary and exclusive experiences provided during the tour, and to ensure all guests enjoy an immersive and informative experience, space will need to be limited to a maximum of 16 guests. To avoid any avoidable disappointment and regrets—sign up now for the Texas Wine Lover Hill Country Wine Trail Tour!
To provide a private guided wine tour that also offers an excellent wine education, we had to find someone special to do so, and we did; her name is Donna Rene Johnston. Donna Rene is a Level I Certified Wine Sommelier through the International Wine Guild. She is a winery and tasting room consultant to many wineries throughout the Hill Country, and has worked for and with them for several years.
Here are the wineries that will be included in the Texas Wine Lover Hill Country Wine Trail Tour (last minute changes may be necessary):
- 4.0 Cellars
- Becker Vineyards
- Bending Branch Winery
- CALAIS Winery
- Compass Rose Cellars
- Hye Meadow Winery
- Inwood Estates
- Kuhlman Cellars
- Lewis Wines
- Lost Draw Cellars
- Messina Hof Hill Country
- Newsom Vineyards at Comfort
- Pontotoc Vineyard
- Spicewood Vineyards
- The Austin Winery
- Wedding Oak Winery at Wildseed Farms
- William Chris Vineyards
Since the Texas Wine Lover tour falls around the Texas Wine Revolution, guests will have the opportunity to taste the fantastic Texas rosés from many more wineries at the wine festival.
In addition to the incredible wineries we will visit, these are the restaurants at which guests will have the chance to enjoy a wonderful meal:
- Bryans on 290
- Crossroads Saloon
- Fischer and Wieser’s Private Cooking Class and Dinner
- Navajo Grill
- Old German Bakery and Restaurant
- Private Brunch at a local resident’s home
We will also be dining at a few wineries on our journey, and enjoying their culinary creations with their wine offerings:
- Compass Rose Cellars (catering by Hye Market)
- Inwood Estates Vineyards, Winery & Bistro
- Pontotoc Vineyards
- The Austin Winery
We have also included space for “open” meals, where guests may enjoy a restaurant of their choosing, on their own, or with new friends.
Guests will also enjoy learning the history of Fredericksburg, a town settled by primarily German immigrants, with a special, private presentation by a local expert, and then a guided tour of the Pioneer Museum. We will then take a mini-coach tour of Fredericksburg led by another local history expert.
Besides wining, dining, education, and camaraderie—there must be time for shopping! Guests will enjoy many opportunities to visit the many boutique shops of Fredericksburg and Comfort. If enjoying more history is your idea of time well-spent, you may visit the National Museum of the Pacific War during your free time, conveniently located in the heart of the Main Street shopping district.
As you can see, this is a very full tour of the Texas Hill Country, including wineries, restaurants, and so much more. Maybe the best part, you get to do all of this without having to worry about driving! A luxury mini-coach will be used during the entire tour which includes Wi-Fi, overheard storage, and power/USB outlets. Accommodations for all six nights at the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites, with newly-renovated rooms and lobby areas, and the Holiday Inn Austin Airport, are also included in the tour price.
I could go on and on about the many benefits of signing up to enjoy this Texas Wine Lover tour, but just looking at the full itinerary should prove to anyone interested, that it will be a fantastic and rewarding time! Guests will be given tremendous service before and during the tour, and also receive assistance with any hotel, or other arrangements they may require prior to departure, or after the tour.
See the full itinerary for all of the details, then sign up today—before this tour is Sold Out!