There’s one month a year that every Texas wine lover looks forward to. It’s Texas Wine Month in October. The Texas Department of Agriculture designated October as the official month for Texas wine. Typically, this marks the end of the annual grape harvests, and the next steps of winemaking have begun.
With the weather starting to cool down, you’ll love taking part in some of the fantastic wine-related events around the state. Remember, Texas Wine Lover can help you plan your winery visits. Visit TXwinelover.com Plan Your Trip or download the free mobile app and create your itinerary.
Check out these coming festivals, dinners, and winery events, and make plans now to get out and enjoy Texas wines!
Texas Hill Country Wineries Passport
Enjoy visiting 50 wineries in the beautiful Hill Country at a bargain price! With the purchase of a digital passport, ticket holders can taste at up to four wineries per day over the course of the month, as well as receive exclusive discounts on bottle purchases. Unlike past events, the passport tickets can now be used during all regular business hours of the wineries, with reservations required at most locations, especially for weekend visits. Passport tickets are $120/couple or $85/individual and to make the deal sweeter, $5 from each ticket sold goes directly to the Texas Hill Country Wine Industry Scholarship Fund. Purchase your passport now to take advantage all month – https://texashillcountrywineries.org. And to make things even easier, go to TXwinelover.com and choose the Trips menu item and the Texas Hill Country Wineries Texas Wine Month trip. All the wineries that can be visited in October will be shown. When you decide what wineries to go to, simply click the plus (+) sign to add the winery to your custom My Plan. You can reorder wineries in My Plan and click Start Plan when you’re ready to start visiting! Get your tickets at their website.
North Texas Wine Trail
35+ wineries in the North Texas Wine Country welcome you to each of their unique tasting rooms for a special tasting of award-winning wines during the entire month of October. Wine tastings include a minimum of three tastes at each winery. Visit a few or all wineries during the month of October and taste over 100 wines made in the beautiful North Texas Wine Country! Scan your printed or digital QR code at your first winery visit to check in and redeem your wine tasting passport. Tickets are $49.95 and emailed upon purchase – https://northtexaswine.com/wineries
Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail Passport
Visit featured wineries in the southeast region during this month-long passport event. Tickets are $30 per person or $54 for a couple and include three tasting pours of featured wines at each participating winery. This is a great opportunity to try great wines and see more of what is happening in the Texas wine scene. Get tickets on their website.
Gruene 37th Annual Music & Wine Festival, Gruene
Indulge in live music, Texas wines, craft beer, dinner, auctions for charity, and more. The four-day event features Diamond Rio, Dennis Quaid & The Sharks, Kylie Frey & Tyler Halverson, and Sunday’s ‘Songwriter Shindig’ with Kelly Willis and more! Pick and choose the events you want to attend on their website.
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Cedar Break at Howard Ranch
This BOHO Country Chic event celebrates Texas Wine Month. Tasting Only Pass includes Personalized Memorabilia Glass with pairing bites and sampling from local artisans for Saturday or Sunday 12-4 p.m. at $60 per person. Sunset Wine Maker Dinner is Saturday 4:45-8 p.m. at $150 per person. This creative five-Course Pairing Dinner with five Varietals of Wine is hosted by Wine Educator Cara Collier of Wine Conversation. Cigar and Sotol private patio included. Advance tickets encouraged on the website.
Valley Mills Vineyards End of Harvest Celebration, Valley Mills
October 12, 12-8 p.m.
Celebrate the 2023 vintage at this new, free event that includes fall decor, pumpkin carving, and refreshments. Tours are available at 5:30 or 6:30 which include tastings of new wines on the Valley Mills Vineyards website.
State Fair of Texas
If you’re planning on visiting the State Fair of Texas, stop by the GO TEXAN Pavilion on October 13 and 14 to hear from the 2023 Texas Vintners Cup winners and sample their award-winning wines.
Annular Solar Eclipse, Hill Country
October 14, 10:15-10:25 a.m.
The Texas Hill Country is a perfect place to see this phenomenon. Check out our recent blog post with a good array of options.
Valley View Wine Walk, Valley View
October 14, 4-8 p.m.
Experience ten wineries on the square of this quaint small town with retail shops, food, and entertainment. Stay for the Dueling Pianos after-party until 10 p.m. Tickets start at $54.95 with VIP available for $95. https://www.valleyviewchamber.org/winewalk
Taste of Cedar Park, Cedar Park Recreation Center Sculpture Garden
October 17, 6-9 p.m.
The 8th community event brings together local businesses, food vendors, and residents of the community for a night of delicious food, drinks, and live music. Early bird ticket: $45pp, or after 10/1: $65pp on their website.
Piney Woods Wine Festival, Lindale
October 20-21, 1-7 p.m.
Picker’s Pavilion at Blackberry Square in downtown Lindale offers a day of fun with $1 wine tastings, live music, artisan and gift vendors, food trucks, and a VIP experience. Get tickets today on the ticket website.
Reidel Wine Glass Tasting, Becker Vineyards, Fredericksburg
October 21, 12-1:30 p.m.
Learn how and why to pair your favorite wine with the perfect glass! Utilizing a set of three Riedel wine glasses while tasting through Becker Vineyard’s award-winning wines to demonstrate the dramatic relationship between wine and its vessel. $125 per person. Glasses are yours to keep and enjoy at home! Wine Club Members receive 10% Discount. Advance tickets on their website.
Spicewood Vineyards Paella Party in the Vines, Spicewood
October 21, 5 p.m. Sangria happy hour, 6:30 p.m. dinner served
Mark your calendar now for this outdoor event during the best weather month of the year. Incredible paella is served with Tempranillo, Sangior, and other fan favorites. Book now for $65 per person on their website.
Llano Estacado Winery Annual Grape Day, Lubbock
October 21, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Enjoy the grand celebration of its 47th anniversary at the highly anticipated 29th Annual Grape Day Celebration. Join Llano Estacado as they toast to nearly five decades of excellence in winemaking and rejoice in the conclusion of this year’s harvest, which spanned from late July to early October. Sample an array of exceptional wines with over two-dozen Llano wines available for purchase by the glass and many more available by the bottle. Admission to the celebration is free, and for only $35, you can acquire a commemorative Grape Day wine glass along with two tickets each redeemable for a glass of our exquisite wine. There will also be presale drink tickets available for purchase in a bundle of 3 tickets for $15. Drink tickets will be $8 each at the event. Mark Hyman, the President and C.E.O. of Llano Estacado Winery, expressed his excitement, stating, “Grape Day marks the most thrilling time of the year for us here at Llano Estacado Winery. Join us as we celebrate 47 years of pioneering and our significant contribution to the flourishing Texas Wine industry.”