If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, then you know that I love wine! It’s usually my drink of choice on the weekends, and even though I’m mainly a red wine drinker, over the years I’ve grown to appreciate some white wine and even rose!
When we’re on our weekend trips, we always look for wine regions that surround the places that we’re visiting, and try to incorporate that into our visit. Since we go to such great lengths to visit wine regions on our vacations, it’s so surprising that it took me 8 years to make it to the Texas wine country, considering that this is where I live! During our trip to Fredericksburg, we spent one full day wine tasting, and during that time we got to visit quite a range of wineries. So read below for a few wineries to add to your next trip to the Texas Wine Country!
William Chris Vineyards
William Chris Vineyards was the first stop during our winery day because they require reservations for tastings on Friday and Saturday. I had first heard about this winery from Sara over at Of Golden Roses when she visited Fredericksburg with her mom, and from her descriptions of the wineries beauty and how delicious the wine was, I knew that it needed to be one of our stops.
I was a little disappointed that the weather was so overcast that day because I didn’t really have the chance to take that many pictures of the beautiful scenery, but the wine totally made up for that. For $15 we stood at the bar and got to try some amazing wine, and probably our favorite wine from the entire day! Our server was great and told us a lot about the vineyard itself and how it was started by two friends who just really loved wine. We ended up loving some of the wine so much that we bought a few bottles to take home with us. A few of these bottles can age, which Chris strongly reminds me about when I want to open up a bottle.
After we were done with our tasting, we explored the outside of the winery a little bit more. The grounds were beautiful, even with the overcast weather, and I’m sure that even more stunning on a sunny day! They have a beautiful patio area with the perfect view of the vineyards, which would be lovely on a cool night with all the lights they had strung up. Overall, William Chris was one of our favorite stops of the day, and I highly recommend a stop here! Not only is the vineyard beautiful, but the wine is delicious as well!
Tasting: $15 for 5 tastings (full refund if you buy a bottle of wine)
Barrel Tasting: $40- includes winery tour and barrel tastings
Location: 10352 U.S. Highway 290, Hye, TX 78635
Our next stop of the day was actually at a winery that Chris and I had visited with his family one weekend, Pedernales Cellars. Pedernales Cellars is actually a little bit off of 290, the main road for wineries in the Fredericksburg, but it’s definitely worth a stop. Not only is it very family friendly (fur children and human children welcome), but the wine is great as well! Pedernales Cellars has a huge open field in the front of the winery and on sunny days it’s filled with running children and pups alike, a patio filled with people snacking on cheese and crackers and a live band playing, and a decent sized tasting room inside.
Pedernales offers two different tasting options, their normal tasting of their top wines, or a seated tasting with some of their reserve wines. We decided that the reserve tasting was for us. During our tasting, our wine guy told us all about the areas that Pedernales Cellars grows their grapes and a little history of the winery. Overall, the wine was very good, and we bought a few bottles here as well, although I think that William Chris might still be our favorite!
After our tasting was over, we went out to the patio and sat down and had our lunch of cheese, meat, crackers, fruits, and veggies, with a bottle of wine that we bought inside. Like I mentioned before, several wineries will allow you to bring in food to the winery, and it’s the perfect way to save money, but also to enjoy the experience a little bit more. Despite the rain, we really enjoyed our time on the patio, which is why Pedernales Cellars is a great winery to visit, especially if you’re looking for a place to spend the afternoon!
Tasting: Normal tasting- $15 for 6 tastings (includes a complimentary glass)
Reserve tasting- $25 for 6 reserve tastings (includes a complimentary glass)
Location: 2916 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall, TX 78671
Picnics Allowed: Yes
During my research for the trip, I came across Becker Vineyards, which is actually one of the more commercialized wineries in the state of Texas, which means that you can find them in most grocery stores. We really didn’t want to spend too much time at some of the bigger wineries on this trip, but we stopped at Becker because they were advertising their lavender fields that they have on site which help in flavoring their wine.
As soon as we pulled up, we could tell that Becker was going to be a lot more crowded than either of the other two wineries that we visited because the parking lot was insanely crowded. When we made it inside the tasting room, we finally realized how crowded it actually was! Once the guys paid for our tastings, we slowly found an open spot at the bar and began our tastings. Once our tasting was over, we went outside to explore for a little bit, so that hopefully I could find the lavender fields. I didn’t really find too much lavender, but what I did see was very pretty.
Overall, we weren’t too impressed with Becker. It felt very overcrowded inside, which might have been because everybody was in the tasting room instead of outside because of the overcast weather, and the servers weren’t as knowledgeable as the ones at William Chris and Pedernales. I also didn’t like the fact that we had to try and find our spot at the bar. It reminded me a lot of our tasting at V Sattui (not the picnic), and it made us feel a little rushed, which isn’t what you want when you’re tasting wine. The main reason that we stopped was for the lavender fields, and there really wasn’t that much to begin with. I would not consider this a priority when making a trip to the Texas Wine Country!
Tasting: $15 for 6 tasting
Location: 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, TX 78671
Picnic Allowed: Yes
Grape Creek Vineyards
Our last stop of the day was at Grape Creek Vineyards where are friends are wine members, which meant that we didn’t have to pay for our tasting! Although when we arrived Grape Creek was also crowded and we had to wait in line to get our glasses for the tasting, it never felt as crowded as Becker. I think that was because Grape Creek had a lot of tables set up for drinking, so the bar didn’t get too crowded.
While Sarah found us a table, the guys and I went to the bar and had a tasting. Grape Creek had an extensive list to try from, and we all ended up falling in love with the rose there, which we ended up buying a few bottles of. After we were done with our tasting we went to the table and sat and enjoyed the cooler weather (the only advantage from the rain) for a while and talked. We had originally wanted to eat lunch here since they make wood fired pizzas, but we were still too full from all the meat and cheese that we ate earlier!
What makes Grape Creek unique in my opinion is that it not only has its main location and tasting room, but it has a couple of other tasting rooms in Fredericksburg. So later on when we were shopping on Main Street, we walked right into Grape Creek on Main Street, grabbed a glass of wine and then continued shopping. Overall, Grape Creek had a very fun atmosphere, with great wine as well! It also paid to have our friends be members because our tasting was free! Whether you taste in Fredericksburg or at their main tasting room, Grape Creek Vineyards definitely needs to be on your wine radar when you’re visiting!
Tasting: $15 for 6 tastings
Free for club members
Location: 10587 E. US Hwy 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
There really are a ton of wineries in the Fredericksburg area, and I really wish that we had the time to visit them all. Unfortunately, when you’re limited to a weekend, you just don’t have the time. Hopefully this post has given you an idea of a few wineries to add to your list the next time you make your way through the Texas Wine Country! I’m linking up with Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World for another Wanderful Wednesday!
Other Fredericksburg Posts:
A Fredericksburg Weekend In Numbers
Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg Texas
Fredericksburg: Where To Stay and What To Do