Austin and Central Texas Wineries




 

Although not widely known for its vineyards, Texas has a growing wine industry with over 220 bonded wineries across the state.  Many of these are right here in the Austin area.

For centuries before the arrival of Europeans, native grapevines flourished in the area now known as Texas.  When the Spanish missionaries arrived in the 1600s, they planted vineyards near El Paso.  In the 1800s several settlers grew grapes in South and Central Texas. They were most successful with native varieties.

In the 1880s, an insect pest devastated the French wine industry.  T.V. Munson of Denison, Texas helped save France’s wine industry by introducing hardy, pest resistant native Texan varieties.  By hybridizing native Texas varieties of grapes with other varieties from around the world, Munson developed 300 disease-resistant new varieties suitable for Texas and the Southwestern United States.

There were twenty-five wineries in Texas by 1900, including Val Verde Winery in Del Rio, which was established in 1883. Texas wineries closed during Prohibition. Many reopened when Prohibition was repealed, but only Val Verde succeeded in remaining open. Today it is Texas’ oldest winery still in operation.   Beginning in the 1970s, the Austin area became the home for several new, successful vineyards.

In 1975 Fall Creek Vineyards, in Tow about 61 miles northwest of Austin, was the first vineyard and winery to be established in the Hill Country. This award-winning winery is delightful to visit.  Take a tour, taste the wines and have a picnic.  You can even go for a boat cruise on Lake Buchanan.

Austin area wineries spread out across the Hill Country from Dripping Springs to Fredericksburg and Kerrville.  Because many are clustered together you can easily plan a trip to see several in one day.  Texas Wine Trails featured many events throughout the year.  For a package price you receive entrance to several wineries within easy driving distance of each other.  The packages include tasting and much more.

Solara Estate is the winery closest to Austin.  Located in Dripping Springs, this award winning vineyard features glorious views.  Bell Springs Winery, also in Dripping Springs, was established in 2009 and features a friendly, down-home atmosphere.

From the small, down-home vineyards to wineries with Tuscan-style tasting rooms and splendid facilities, the Austin area has it all.  Visit some Austin wineries and see for yourself.


Central Texas Wineries

(alphabetical order)

Alamosa Wine Cellars
Established 1996
Hours: Fri-Sat 10-5 Sun 12-5 or by appt
677 CR 430, Bend
325-628-3313
www.alamosawinecellars.com
Mediterranean style wines from Texas grapes. Enjoy the gift shop with gourmet items, the picnic area and veranda.

 

Becker Vineyards
Established 1992
Hours: Mon-Thu 10-5 Fri-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-6
464 Becker Farms Rd, Stonewall
830-644-2681
www.BeckerVineyards.com
Features Bordeaux, Burgandian, and Rhone-style wines.  Enjoy tours, tastings, and Lavender Haus Reception Hall, Custom Cellar, and Private Tasting Room.

 

 

 

 

Bell Springs Winery

 

Thurs 12-5, Fri 12-6,
Sat & Sun 11-6, Mon 12-5
3700 Bell Springs Rd., Dripping Springs
830-483-9463
www.bellspringswinery.com
A laid back atmosphere includes the owners’ two dogs which have run of the area. In addition to tasting the wines you are welcome to roam the tree-sheltered grounds, have a picnic, and bring your own dogs if they are animal-and people-friendly.

 

Bending Branch Winery

 

Established 2009
Hours: Thurs 11-5, Fri & Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5
142 Lindner Branch Trail, Comfort
830-995-2948
www.bendingbranchwinery.com
This boutique winery uses sustainable practices and organic growing techniques.  Tannat is their signature grape.  Enjoy their beautiful grounds and their wines.

 

Chisholm Trail Winery

 

Established 2001
Hours: Open 7 days a week Noon-6pm
2367 Usener Rd., Fredericksburg
830-990-2675
www.chisholmtrailwinery.com
This winery, nine miles west of Fredericksburg features a saloon-style tasting room, and The Oval Oven, a restaurant serving wood-fired gourmet pizza.

 

Driftwood Estate Winery

 

Established 2002
Hours: Mon-Sun 10-6
4001 Elder Hill Road CR 170, Driftwood
512-858-9667
www.DriftwoodWine.com
This winery features Mediterranean style wines with a gorgeous hilltop view of the vineyard.  Weddings and private parties are welcome.  Enjoy the gift shop and picnic area.

 

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

 

Established 1992
Mon-Sun 12-5
1741 Herbelin Rd., New Braunfels
830-885-4121
www.drycomalcreek.com
Features unique Texas wines.

 

 

Duchman Family Winery

 

Established 2004
Mon. 12-6; Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood
512-858-1470
www.duchmanwines.com
Enjoy wines from Italian varietals grown in this slice of Hill Country heaven.  Visitors enjoy wonderful views of the vineyards, along with romantic gardens.  Twenty-five miles from downtown Austin

 

Fall Creek Vineyards

 

Established in 1975
Mon-Fri 11-4 Sat 11-5 Sun 12-4
1820 CR 222, Tow
325-379-5361
www.fcv.com
The oldest combination vineyard and winery in the Hill Country, Fall Creek Vineyards has won numerous awards for its fine wines.  Enjoy the grounds, taste the wines, have a picnic and perhaps go for a boat cruise on Lake Buchanan.

 

Fiesta Winery

 

Established 2010
Tues - Thurs: Call for Availability,
Fri & Sat: 10- 6, Sun: 12- 5
18727 West FM 580, Lometa
325-628-3433 or 3434
www.fiestawinery.com
This relatively new winery is located on beautiful grounds that have been in the owners’ family for six generations.

 

Fiesta Winery Fredericksburg

 

Established 2012
Open 7 days a week
147A East Main St, Fredericksburg
830-307-3328
www.FiestaWinery.com/Fredericksburg
Enjoy Fiesta Winery’s tasting room in historic downtown Fredericksburg. 

 

Flat Creek Estate

 

Established 2000
Tue-Sun 11-5 / Closed Monday
24912 Singleton Bend East, Marble Falls
512-267-6310
www.flatcreekestate.com
Enjoy a lunch or a private dinner at Flat Creek (Reservations required) Special events are also welcome.

 

Fredericksburg Winery

 

Established 1996
Mon-Thurs 10-530 Fri-Sat 10-730
Sun 12-530
247 West Main Street, Fredericksburg
830-990-8747
www.fbgwinery.com
Offering dry, semi-dry, medium sweet, sweet, and dessert wines. 

 

 

Grape Creek Vineyards

 

Established 1983
Mon-Fri. 11-6 Sat. 10-6 Sun 11-5
10587 East U.S. Hwy 290, Fredericksburg
830-644-2710
www.grapecreek.com
Awarding winning wines and a beautiful Italian Villa tasting room with tree- shaded patios overlooking the vineyards.

 

Hye Meadow Winery

 

Established 2013
Mon-Wed 10-5, Th-Sat 10-6,
Sun 12-5, or by appt
10257 W US Hwy 290, Hye
512-657-2585
www.hyemeadow.com
One of Texas’ newest wineries, Hye Meadow features a grove of majestic oaks on 62 acres.  You can see how they make their wines.

 

Kerrville Hills Winery

 

Thurs - Monday 11:00 to 6:00
3600 Fredericksburg Road, Kerrville
830-895-4233
kerrvillehillswinery.com
Overlooking the Guadalupe River Valley, this winery’s tasting room features many items from the property’s original homestead.

 

Lewis Wines

 

Established 2012
Open by appointment only
3209 Highway 290 West, Johnson City
512-663-6468
www.lewiswines.com
Wines from 100% Texas grapes.

 

McReynolds Winery

 

Established in 1995
Fri-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-6 or by appt.
706 Shovel Mountain Road, Cypress Mill
830-825-3544
www.mcreynoldswines.com
McReynolds’ handcrafted Texas table wines have won awards.  Come enjoy the winery and picnic area.

 

Perdernales Cellars

 

Established 2006
Mon-Th 10-5pm Fri-Sat 10-6pm
Sun 12-6pm
2916 Upper Albert Rd., Stonewall
830-644-2037
www.pedernalescellars.com
Producing premium Tepranillos and Viogniers, the Pedernales Cellars uses sustainable practices and offers Texas hospitality.  Enjoy the tree-covered deck after touring the underground winemaking cellar.

 

Perissos Vineyards and Winery

 

Established 2005
Summer Hours: Thurs-Friday. 12-5.
July 4th week: Wed-Sunday 12-5
7214 Park Road 4 W, Burnet
512-820-2950
www.perissosvineyards.com
An hour’s drive from Austin, Perissos is surrounded rolling granite hills. Enjoy the wonderful wines produced by this family-owned winery.

 

Pillar Bluff Vineyards

 

Established 1999
Fri-Sat 10-5 Sun 12:30-5
300 Burnet County Road 111, Lampasas
512-556-4078
www.pillarbluff.com
Specializing in French varietals.

 

Rancho Ponte Vineyard

 

Established 2009
Open Daily: Mon-Fri 11-5,
Sat 11-6, Sun 11-5
315 Ranch Road 1376, Fredericksburg
830-990-8555
www.ranchoponte.com
The Ponte family is continuing five generations of winemaking which began in northern Italy. In 2009 the family moved their small, family-run winery from California to the Hill Country of Texas.  Enjoy the lovely tasting room and hospitality.

 

Santa Maria Cellars

 

Established 2006
Fri & Sat 12-6p,
Sun (trail weekends only) 12-3p
12044 Hwy 16 S. Fredericksburg
830-998-5357
www.santamariacellarswines.com/
Santa Maria Cellars is owned by Martin Santamaria, who has a Masters Degree in Viticulture and Oenology from the University of Bologna and served as the winemaker at Dry Comal Creek for five years.  His winery produces five varietals ranging from sweet to dry.

 

Singing Water Vineyards

 

Established 1993
Thur - Sat 11-6 Sun 12-5 Mon 11-6
316 Mill Dam Rd., Comfort
830-995-2246
www.singingwatervineyards.com
Located on the banks of Bruins Creek,  Singing Water Vineyards features a tasting room made from a re-modeled 100 year-old barn.  Enjoy your wine with a picnic lunch.

 

Sister Creek Vineyards

 

Established 1988
Mon-Fri 10-5 Sat 10-6 and Sun 10-6
1142 Sisterdale Road, Sisterdale
830-324-6704
www.sistercreekvineyards.com
Sister Creeks’ barrel-aged, award winning  wines are crafted in an 1885 cotton gin.

 

Solaro Estate

 

Established 2005
Sun 11-5 Mon 11-5 Tue-Wed by appt Thur 11-5 Fri 11-6 Sat 11-6
13111 Silver Creek Rd, Dripping Springs
832-660-8642
www.solaroestate.com
Award winning Solaro wines are produced in Dripping Springs, near Austin.  Enjoy great wine and gorgeous views.

 

 

Spicewood Vineyards

 

Wed-Sat 10-6 and Sun 12-5
1419 Burnet CR 409, Spicewood
830-693-5328
www.spicewoodvineyards.com
Enjoy the tasting room, gift shop and gallery and a picnic on the veranda.  Special event facilities are available.

 

Stone House Vineyard

 

Established 2004
Thurs-Sun 12-5 or by appt.
24350 Haynie Flat Rd., Spicewood
512-264-3630
www.stonehousevineyard.com

 

Texas Hills Vineyard

 

Established 1995
Mon-Thurs 10-5 Fri-Sat 10-6 Sun 12-5
878 RR 2766, Johnson City
830-868-2321
www.texashillsvineyard.com
Italian-styled “Wines to Share with Friends” are featured at this fine vineyard.  Picnic on the patio and enjoy local artisan cheeses and crackers in the tasting room.

 

Texas Legato Winery

 

Established 2002
Fri Sat 10 - 5 Sun 12:30 - 5
FM 1478, Lampasas
512-556-9600
www.texaslegato.com
Texas Legato Winery ages its wines in a combination of French and American Oak barrels making  them smooth with hints of vanilla and cherry. Enjoy a visit with the owner and winemaker.

 

Torre di Pietra Vineyards

 

Established 2004
11am to 6pm daily
10915 E. US Hwy 290, Fredericksburg
830-644-2829
www.texashillcountrywine.com
Torre di Pietra features an herb garden and cozy patios as well as a large dance floor and live music.  Enjoy fine wines in the Tuscan-style piazza.

 

Wedding Oak Winery

 

Established 2010
Sun-Th 11-6, Fri-Sat 10-7
316 E Wallace, San Saba
325-372-4050
www.WeddingOakWinery.com
Wedding Oak Winery’s tasting room is located in a beautifully restored 1926 building in downtown San Saba.  Enjoy warm weather varietals.

 

Westcave Cellars Winery

 

Established 2010
Fri, Sat, Mon 11-6, Sun 12-6,
Tues-Thur by Appt.
25711 Hamilton Pool Rd, Round Mountain
512-431-1403
www.westcavecellars.com
Enjoy Westcave Cellars beautiful oak lined grounds while enjoying their fine wines.

 

William Chris Vineyards

 

Established 2008
Mon-Wed 10-5pm; Th-Sat 10-6pm;
Sun 12-5pm
10352 US Highway 290, Hye
830-998-7654
www.williamchriswines.com
Enjoy the tasting room in a century old farmhouse and explore the historic 1800 cemetery beside the oak grove.  About an hour’s drive from either Austin or San Antonio, you are sure to enjoy this beautiful winery.  Cheese platters and gourmet picnic lunches are available.

 

Wimberley Valley Winery

 

Established 1983
Mon-Sun 10-6
2825 Lone Man Mountain Rd, Driftwood
512-847-2592
wimberleyvalleywinery.com
Wimberley Valley Winery is one of the older wineries in the Austin area and is between Austin and San Antonio.   Enjoy a glass of wine by the cozy fireplace or a picnic among the oaks.

 

Woodrose Winery

 

Established 1999
Mon-Fri 11-6 Sat. 11-7 Sun. 12-6
662 Woodrose Lane, Stonewall
830-644-2539
www.woodrosewinery.com
Woodrose offers restaurant style tastings, with the wine brought to your table.  Enjoy the multi-level deck.

 

Updated 6/19/2016

 

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