Fredericksburg

A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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

Pedernales Cellars

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries
This was our trip earlier in April, and it was gorgeous!

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

Becker Vineyards

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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.

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries
We were definitely more focused on the wine during this stop, so I really don’t have that many pictures of Grape Creek.

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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!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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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

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The Wandering Weekenders A Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries- If you're visiting Fredericksburg, this is the perfect mini guide to the wineries in the area! Grape Creek, William Chris, Becker, and Pedernales Cellars!

Fredericksburg: Where To Stay and What To Do

I feel like I’m hitting a road block when it’s coming to writing these Fredericksburg posts, so I thought that I’d do things a little differently than usual. This post is going to be all about where to stay and what to do in Fredericksburg, and in the next post I’ll go into more detail on what wineries to visit. So here we go!

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

Where To Stay:

Renting-

As soon as we decided to visit Fredericksburg with our friends in April, we immediately got started on trying to find a place to stay. Last year when we traveled with them to New Orleans, we ended up staying in a hotel downtown, which was very nice, but it also meant that once we were done having our fun out on the town, we also had to be done with our time with them. Sarah and I have literally known each other for whole lives, and we always love to stay up late talking into the night, so for Fredericksburg we decided to try renting a house for a weekend.

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

Sarah and I both got on the typical Airbnb and VRBO websites and looked up affordable houses to rent for the weekend. We also looked at some bed and breakfast places as well because some of those places offered separate houses for rent for the weekend

After our searches, we ended up picking this cute little house that was really close to Main Street in Fredericksburg, offered two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and even had an outdoor fireplace outside. It seemed like the perfect house for us to share so we could spend lots of time together!

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

When we pulled up to that house on Friday night, we immediately fell in love with how cute it was, but also started to wonder how everything was going to fit into this little itty bitty house. What the Airbnb owner didn’t advertise so well, or maybe we didn’t look at the pictures close enough, was that one of the bedrooms was at the front of the house and that it was two twin beds on either side of the room, not exactly ideal for two couples. It ended up being alright in the end, but I would just caution you when on Airbnb and VRBO to read the fine print carefully and look at those pictures very closely as well!

Hoteling-

If the bed and breakfast or Airbnb/VRBO isn’t really your thing when it comes to going out of town. Don’t worry, there’s lots of bigger name hotels in the Fredericksburg area! And the best news is that they’re right on the main highway in and out of town, and they’re really close to Main Street as well!

What To Do:

Wine tasting-

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

Obviously the main reason that we visited Fredericksburg was for all the wineries! Over the past few years the Texas wine country has really blown up and wineries are starting to open up all over the place. Driving down Highway 290 you almost feel like you’re in Napa because of all the wineries on the sides of the road. Not only is the wine delicious, but the views are gorgeous too!

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

Shopping-

Like lots of small towns, Fredericksburg has a Main Street that is filled with lots of little shops that you can walk and in and out of and shop until your heart is content! After a day of wine tasting, that was the perfect way to end our day! We picked up our Christmas ornament from Fredericksburg, and even a cute picture that reminded us of Dart.

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

The best part about shopping on Main Street will definitely have to be the fact that you can drink while you shop! Several of the wineries have tasting rooms on Main Street and you can grab a to-go glass and walk around while you shop! Be careful though, you might be persuaded to buy more that way!

My last piece of advice about Main Street shopping is to remember that Fredericksburg is still very much a small town in Texas, which means that most of the shops on Main Street close around 6:00 in the evenings, and some aren’t open on Sunday’s. So plan accordingly!

Wildflower Farm-

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

I’ve mentioned it before, but one of my favorite things about Texas is all of the bluebonnets and seeing them in bloom. If you travel to Fredericksburg during the spring, you’ll definitely see the bluebonnets blooming on the side of the road, but if you really want to se a ton of Texas wildflowers, you need to visit the Texas Wildflower Farm.

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

The Texas Wildflower Farm is located a little bit out of the city of Fredericksburg, but that’s because of the field upon field upon field of Texas wildflowers that they have blooming there. We happened to visit during a really really rainy weekend so we couldn’t actually walk in the fields, but they were gorgeous all the same! It’s definitely something not to miss!

The Wandering Weekenders- Fredericksburg- Where To Stay & What To Do

There’s also a few more things to do in Fredericksburg, but unfortunately we ran out of time since we were only there for a weekend. You definitely know that we’ll be making our way to Fredericksburg again, so we can do more around the town, and for some more wine tasting, of course! 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
A Mini Guide to Fredericksburg Wineries

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Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg Texas

It shouldn’t be a huge surprise that one of the things on my 101 in 1001 list was to visit the Texas wine country. Both Chris and I love to drink wine and after our trip to Napa in 2014, we were both hooked on the whole winery experience. One night when we were at dinner with friends we decided that a wine tasting trip to Fredericksburg would be the perfect weekend getaway for the four of us.

The Wandering Weekenders- Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg Texas

To kick off all of the posts about our trip to Fredericksburg, I thought that I’d share some tips for your next wine tasting trip to Fredericksburg, but in theory these can be used for all your trips to any wine region!

Designate a driver-

Obviously, this is always the priority when you’re going on a drinking trip like this. One of the worst things that could happen on your trip is getting a DUI, but even worse than that, you could get into an accident and hurt yourself or others. When Chris and I have gone wine tasting just the two of us we switched off who was drinking at which winery, and we did the same thing on this trip. It’s always better to be safe than sorry too, so even though it might seem wasteful, all wineries have those dump buckets for a reason!

The Wandering Weekenders- Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg Texas

Pack a picnic lunch-

It’s very common in the Texas hill country for the wineries to allow outside food and drinks on the premise. The benefit is that you don’t have to pay high dollar for a lunch or charcuterie tray while you’re drinking wine! We brought a ton of different cheeses and meats and crackers with us to a winery and enjoyed a wonderful lunch on the patio. Just make sure to check the website of the wineries that you’re visiting because while most do allow outside food and drinks, not all do, and don’t forget your cheese knives and a plate to eat off of!

The Wandering Weekenders- Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg TexasHydrate, hydrate, hydrate-

I don’t know about y’all, but one of the bad decisions that I never seem to learn from while drinking wine is to drink enough water. Anytime we’re planning on winery hopping, we always pack a cooler filled with bottled water or bring lots of reusable water bottles with us so we can make sure to stay hydrated throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is always one glass of water per glass of wine!

The Wandering Weekenders- Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg TexasPlan your route in advance-

One of the things that we’ve learned over our multiple wine trips is that sometimes wineries open at different points in time throughout the day. If you have an idea about what wineries you’d like to visit you can better plan your day and maximize time at each winery. We also like to plan our route so that we have the least amount of mileage to drive back to our hotel or Airbnb after we’re done drinking wine for the day. The last thing that anybody wants to do after a long day of wine tasting is to be in a car for a long period of time anyways!

The Wandering Weekenders- Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg TexasBe spontaneous

I know that it seems counter intuitive to what I just said in the point above, but sometimes you just need to be spontaneous and visit a winery that you’re not planning on. Some of our favorite wineries in Napa and in Texas have been ones that we’ve just stumbled upon. So definitely keep your options open because you never know what hidden gems you might find!

The Wandering Weekenders- Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg TexasEnjoy the beautiful scenery-

Lastly, make sure to enjoy your time in the beautiful Texas hill country! One of my favorite places in the world is the Texas hill country because it’s just so beautiful and the wineries know that too. A lot of the wineries have great patios that make it perfect to enjoy the weather (when it’s not 100+ outside) and the great scenery! The wine is just an added bonus!

The Wandering Weekenders- Tips For Wine Tasting In Fredericksburg Texas

I can’t wait to recap our trip to Fredericksburg because we had such a fun time wine tasting, but also a great time exploring the small Texas town of Fredericksburg. It’s a town full of rich German history, and I can’t wait to go back, just like all the cities I visit. 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 Texas Posts:

Fredericksburg Weekend In Numbers
Where To Stay & What To Do In Fredericksburg

Mini Guide To Fredericksburg Wineries

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