Wineries

Enjoy Spring Wildflowers and Sample 42 Wineries with This ‘Passport’

Enjoy Spring Wildflowers and Sample 42 Wineries with This ‘Passport’

Spring is most glorious time to be outdoors in the Hill Country. Wineries in the area up the ante with discounted tastings, allowing oenophiles to make the most out of this special season. Read More »

How Austin-Based Rae Wilson Made the Definitive Texas Rosé

How Austin-Based Rae Wilson Made the Definitive Texas Rosé

When Rae Wilson planted her first grapevines on 2 acres near Johnson City in 2014, she was throwing herself into an Read More »

What the Heck is Natural Wine?

What the Heck is Natural Wine?

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How the ‘Grape Man of Texas’ Saved the French Wine Industry

How the ‘Grape Man of Texas’ Saved the French Wine Industry

When leading tours of Blue Ostrich, a winery and vineyard near Saint Jo, winemaker Patrick Whitehead likes to ... Read More »

Late Summer Grape Stomping Has Become a Texas Tradition

Late Summer Grape Stomping Has Become a Texas Tradition

The farmland and clear skies in rural Bryan make for a serene and sunny late summer drive to Messina Hof Winery Read More »

Try These 5 Texas Rosés This Summer

Try These 5 Texas Rosés This Summer

From frosé to brosé to “rosé all day,” pink wine has moved from fad to favorite among summertime libations. It’s only right—given the light, refreshing wine pairs perfectly with Texas  heat—that our state’s vintners are producing rosés that any oenophile would be proud to pour. Read More »

Slate Mill Wine Collective is On a Mission to Help Small Wineries

Slate Mill Wine Collective is On a Mission to Help Small Wineries

Slate Mill Wine Collective, a full-service winemaking incubator set on a picturesque 75 acres just outside ... Read More »

Small-Town Dispatches: Fredericksburg Wineries Give Back to Frontline Workers

Small-Town Dispatches: Fredericksburg Wineries Give Back to Frontline Workers

Fredericksburg, one of the most tourist-heavy small towns in Texas, has understandably been affected by lack of travel and commerce during COVID-19. One of the area's biggest industries, wine, has been hit hard as it's a significant attraction in these parts—more than 50 of the 100-plus Hill Country wineries are in town or the surrounding Gillespie County. Thankfully, wineries are coming up with creative solutions to connect with customers and boost morale. Read More »

East Texas Brings a New Flavor to Texas Wines

East Texas Brings a New Flavor to Texas Wines

At Kiepersol Vineyards & Winery, south of Tyler, a resident flock of guinea hens provides the soundtrack ... Read More »

Tannat Is the New Texas Wine Everyone Will Be Talking About

Tannat Is the New Texas Wine Everyone Will Be Talking About

The growing throngs of oenophiles traveling what is known as Wine Road 290—the winery-heavy stretch of US 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg—have become very familiar with once-exotic wines like tempranillo, sangiovese, and viognier that thrive in the Texas heat and soil. Now here’s another one to get acquainted with: tannat, an under-the-radar red wine that’s poised to become Texas’ favorite varietal. Read More »

Sure, You Know the Wine in Fredericksburg, but There’s More to This Place Than Just Great Vino

Sure, You Know the Wine in Fredericksburg, but There’s More to This Place Than Just Great Vino

Just as I enter the city limits, I note the beautiful Hill Country University Center, where Texas Tech University offers viticulture and winemaking education. Soon I’m marveling at the proliferation of new and old buildings housing bistros, coffee bars, art galleries, and herb apothecaries. I spy the occasional shop offering T-shirts, fudge, and German beer steins, but altogether I find a more sophisticated Fredericksburg. What really matters, though, is this: While the town is most famous for its rich German heritage, it has grown into an invigorating destination for all of the pleasures found in the heart of the Hill Country, whether I’m visiting with my mom and sisters, closest pals, or my husband. Read More »

Val Verde Winery, the Oldest in Texas, Has Been Making Wine in Del Rio for 135 Years

Val Verde Winery, the Oldest in Texas, Has Been Making Wine in Del Rio for 135 Years

In the border town of Del Rio, Val Verde Winery has been growing grapes and making wine near the banks of the Rio Grande for 135 years. To sample Val Verde’s wines, surrounded by thick adobe walls and antique wooden equipment, is to experience a vestige of Texas agricultural history and taste the heritage of the state’s oldest operational winery. Read More »

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