It has been a long time coming, but Texas now has a mobile app that features all Texas wineries with detailed information! Along with wineries, local businesses near those wineries can be listed to help anyone when planning their trip to Texas wineries.
In order to provide the data for the mobile app, the Texas Wine Lover website had to be redesigned and a Guide added. The website has always been the place to go to in order to see the latest up-to-date listings of wineries including the very popular winery map. Now all of that information is in the new Guide and Plan Your Trip features!
The winery listings have more information than we used to list on the Texas Wine Lover website including the amenities, wine styles, grape varieties, and more. Also listed are links to all the blog posts that Texas Wine Lover has written over the years on that winery.
The Guide has menu items for the different types of listings besides Texas Wineries including Services, Eat, Drink/Nightlife, Stay/Travel, and Shop. When you visit a winery, most likely you will need a place to eat, a place to stay overnight, and even shop.
These are some of the local businesses that can be added to the Guide:
- Services: Many types of businesses are needed to support wineries such as Tour Companies, Custom Crush, Insurance, Nurseries, Photographers, Viticulture, and more. A benefit to wineries!
- Eat: Find the different types of restaurants where you can eat including the types of food they offer.
- Drink/Nightlife: Most wineries are not open at night, but after a day of visiting wineries, you may not want to sit in your hotel room, so you may be interested in going to wine bars, cocktail bars, or see live music. These are listed along with other drinking establishments you can visit such as breweries and distilleries.
- Stay/Travel: You may need a place to stay overnight so different accommodations can be listed along with how to get around like limos, airport shuttles, and more.
- Shop: Some stores offer shopping besides Texas wines, plus you may need a specific type of store while you are away from home.
We prepopulated some businesses already in the Guide and mobile app (especially restaurants that sell Texas wine!). If you know another business that is not listed, and would benefit from the Texas Wine Lover exposure, please let them know to sign up and get listed today.
After viewing the listings in the Guide, you’re probably excited to start planning your trip! Forget that pencil and paper because you can plan your trip right in the new feature Plan Your Trip.
Click on the Plan Your Trip widget on the desktop to start planning your trip. The different businesses are listed on the left menus much like they are in the Guide. Move the map around and zoom in/out to have different businesses listed on the left. On the right side of the screen are filters to help you find different wineries and businesses.
You can create your own custom trip to visit wineries and businesses. If you don’t know where to start, Texas Wine Lover writers have created some predefined trips already for you that you can find in the mobile app. Check them out under the Trips menu item on the left side.
Make sure to create an account in Plan Your Trip so you can save the trip you will create. When you find a winery or business you want to visit, click the + icon and add them to your plan. When you are done finding businesses, click the My Plan icon in the left menu to view your plan. You can drag businesses in your plan up and down to determine the order you want to visit. The map updates at the same time to show you the order of your plan too which makes planning easier.
When you are done with your plan, open the Texas Wine Lover® mobile app, log into the app, and your plan is now available to you on your phone. All the same functionality that you used in the Plan Your Trip feature is also available to you in the app if you prefer to only use the app to plan your trip.
Hop in your car, start the plan, and the app will give you directions to the first stop on your trip. Have fun and let that business know you found them and visited them through Texas Wine Lover®!
There are so many features in the Guide, Plan Your Trip, and mobile app that we will be showcasing them in future posts so you can get the best use of the experience.
Download the mobile app from the links on the website or search for “Texas Wine Lover” in the app store. Please leave a 5-star review because the more reviews the app gets, the higher the app will be in the search listing. Because of your ratings and reviews, soon someone searching for just “Texas Wine” will find the app!