If you’re looking for a getaway spot for your next romantic weekend or a girl’s trip, check out the Texas Hill Country. The weather is mild most of the year, the scenery is gorgeous and the wine is abundant. The Texas Hill Country is home to many boutique wineries that feature local grapes and plenty of Texas hospitality. Go with the Flow Traveling Mom Jill is sharing some of her favorite Texas Hill Country wineries, so if you’re a wine lover and planning an adults-only weekend, add these charming spots to your must-see list!
I like wine and I cannot lie.
If you like wine and you’re in (or planning to visit) the Lone Star State, you need to know about the wineries. Texas Hill Country wineries (Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas) are the best. The atmosphere (and the wine!) provide the perfect backdrop if you’re seeking a romantic weekend in Texas or if you’re planning a girlfriend getaway.
Don’t get me wrong. There are many family-friendly things in the Fredericksburg area. Many of these wineries are family-friendly.
But, if you’re like me and raise your hand for “Mama needs adult time” you’re going to want to call grandma or time your visit with your kid’s next sleepover.
You might be thinking, “Wine? In Texas? Really?” The answer is “Yes.” Maybe Texas brings visions of Lone Star Beer, chili topped with jalapenos and tacos galore. We have all those things and more, but Texas is also home to some very respectable grapes.
Texas Hill Country wineries are popping up all over the place. The Fredericksburg area is an easy day trip from San Antonio or Austin and there’s also plenty to do if you plan an extended trip. There are many hotels and B&Bs in the area that cater to the winery touring crowd.
Spanish varietals like Tempernillo grow well in the Texas heat. If red wine isn’t your thing, don’t worry. I promise you will find something you love.
Here are some of my favorite spots to hang out:
1. William Chris
We’ve been coming to William Chris since 2014. It was one of the first wineries in the area we visited when we first moved to Texas. It remains a favorite.
We belong to their wine club. One of the perks is the intimate seated tastings in the Hye Society Lounge. William Chris is in Hye, Texas…get it? The Hye Society Lounge is a converted farmhouse with many cute and quirky details. Their main tasting room and patio areas are also fun.
You can also bring your own munchies in. There are plenty of places to picnic with lots of room to spread out.
My favorite is the Blanc Dubois with Mary Ruth being a close second.
2. Hye Meadow
Hye Meadow is THE place for weddings. I’ve never actually been to a wedding here, but their online photo gallery makes me want to crash one. I think I have the right personality makeup to be a successful wedding crasher.
Their grounds are beautiful so I can definitely see why a couple would chose this location for a wedding. If you’re looking to have a romantic weekend in Texas, this one is definitely worth exploring.
My pick: Junkyard White
Discovering this French boutique winery was a big win! We spent a weekend in Fredericksburg last fall with friends from Abilene. The four of us decided to hire a private driver to take us around to the different Texas Hill Country wineries.
Yes. You can totally do that and it’s fabulous.
In addition to being a great place for a romantic weekend in Texas or a girlfriend getaway, the Texas Hill Country is a fun setting for an adults-only weekend.
Side note: There are a lot of buisness that offer shuttle service and private car service to take you around to the wineries. We have used the 290 Wine Shuttle and Stagecoach Tours. Stagecoach Tours is a bit of a splurge. The level of service is impeccabble. Had our driver not said, “Let me call Benjamin and see if we can get into Calais,” we’d have never know this place existed! Calais is tucked away and easy to miss on a drive-by.
We did a fun, unique “tasting in the cave.” I can’t wait to go back and try the more extensive tasting at The Winemaker’s Table.
My favorite: 2015 Cuvee de Gaston Rose. According to their website, it’s sold out. I just happen to have a bottle…lucky me.
4. Zero 815
This is our new favorite place. We decided to stop in spur of the moment and loved the wines. Zero 815 is the wedding anniversary of the owners – August 2015, get it? This newly opened Texas Hill country winery doesn’t have the charming atmosphere isn’t as charming as some of the more established wineries but the wine makes up for that.
My pick: Muscat Blend with the Mourvedre a close second.
5. 4.0 Cellars
4.0 Cellars features three different winemakers: McPherson Cellars, Brennan Vineyards and Lost Oak Winery. Together, the enterprise makes 4.0. so there’s a huge variety. Definitely something for everyone.
Their tasting room is somewhat industrial looking but the outdoor seating has a fun vibe.
4.0 switches their wines up often so it’s hard to have a consistent favorite. If you don’t find something you love, you probably aren’t really a wine person.
6. Grape Creek
Grape Creek’s tagline is “Tuscany in Texas.” You can see the nod to Italy in the architecture. However, the wines are made with Texas grapes. There’s a good good mix of red and white. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the Viogner. It’s consistently delicious. Disclaimer: I’ve never met a glass of wine I didn’t love at Grape Creek.
My pick: Aside from the Viogner, I like Cuvee Blanc. They also have great sweet reds.
7. Fat Ass Winery and Ranch
With a name like that, how can you not stop? There’s a great variety of wines with an emphasis on fruity and sweet, such as peach, watermelon and prickly pear wines.You’ll also find fun, quirky décor and wine-themed gifts.
My pick: The white frozen sangria. There’s nothing better on a hot Texas day.
This list only scratches the surface of what’s available in this area. I’ve given you my favorites to get you started but there are many other wineries to explore. New ones are popping up all the time.