Texas is the sixth largest wine-producing state in the country, with over 350 wineries. Texas is home to expertly created wines that consistently win gold, silver, and bronze medals in contests throughout the world, and has been named one of "the 10 best wine vacation destinations in the world" (among other honors).
Texas Hill Country
The Texas Hill Country, which is home to some of the state's top vineyards, is a popular destination for both first-time vineyard visitors and winery veterans. More than 50 wineries, including Ab Astris Winery, Hilmy Cellars, Kuhlman Cellars, and William Chris Vineyards, produce award-winning wines throughout this beautiful region.
Fredericksburg, Texas, part of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail and home to some of the state's oldest wineries, is a must-see for anybody visiting the Hill Country wine region. Fredericksburg, which is just a short drive west of Austin and San Antonio, grows more than half of the world's grape varietals. Fall Creek Vineyards and Becker Vineyards are two award-winning vineyards in the small town. Fredericksburg was founded by German immigrants over 160 years ago, so take in some of the town's real German culture through its food, festivals, and architecture while you're there.
Hill Country Wine Tours4496 Wandering Vine Trail, Round Rock, TX 78665, USA
Fall Creek Vineyards, located in the Texas Hill Country and bordered on all sides by vineyards, offers wine tastings and tours, as well as guest rooms with early Texas and antique country French and English furnishings. Their 400-acre growing site is located on the northwest banks of Lake Buchanan in the heart of the Hill Country, and was chosen and purchased in 1975 for its unique soil and climatic circumstances. Fall Creek received a double gold medal and three gold medals at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition, a double gold medal and five silver medals at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, and a gold and four silver medals at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, among many other awards. Susan Auler, the company's founder, was named one of the top 50 persons in the international wine industry by Wines & Vines.
Fall Creek Vineyards in Driftwood18059 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
The Becker Vineyards location, located between Fredericksburg and Johnson City, was chosen for its abundance of native Mustang grapes, a time-honored component utilized by the area's German founders. Becker has won 13 medals in the TEXSOM International Wine Awards 2021 and 20 medals at the 2020 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including a double gold. HGTV also called the vineyard one of the most picturesque wineries in the country. Becker Vineyards has an annual grape stomp in August, and tours are accessible seven days a week.
Becker Vineyards464 Becker Farms Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
Outside of the Hill Country, the state is home to a thriving wine industry. Val Verde Winery was created in 1883 in Del Rio, just a few blocks from the Texas-Mexico border, by an Italian immigrant named Frencesco "Frank" Qualia, who discovered Lenoir grapes blooming in the area. Frank's family traditions from the old country are currently used by the present fourth-generation Qualia vintner to produce a highly respected variety of reds and whites, including an award-winning Port mix and a very popular Texas rosé.
Del RioDel Rio, TX 78840, USA
Trace a line 345 miles north from Del Rio to Lubbock, which is home to Llano Estacado, Texas' largest and best-selling premium vineyard. The name "staked plains" refers to the vines that were first tested in the Panhandle's plains. Llano Estacado has expanded significantly since its debut release of 1,300 cases in 1977, and today produces exceptional Texas wines that have won awards at international contests. Bolen Vineyards, English Newson Cellars, and McPherson Cellars are just a few of the finest wineries around Lubbock.
LubbockLubbock, TX, USA
Grapevine, located northeast of Dallas, is home to an urban wine path with eight wineries. Visitors can either board a wine train or a guided tour of the wineries, or they can create their own itinerary. If you're visiting in September, don't miss GrapeFest, the Southwest's largest wine festival.
GrapevineGrapevine, TX, USA
The Piney Woods
The Piney Woods Wine Trail in East Texas offers calm beauty and award-winning wines, with rolling hills and towering woodlands. There are more than a dozen places to visit, including Kiepersol Vineyard & Winery and Enoch's Stomp Vineyard & Winery, which are located between Naples and Nacogdoches.
Wineries, scenic towns, and breathtaking landscapes make visitors feel at ease in Texas. Our wines urge you to relax, sip, and stay a while, and we guarantee you'll be planning your next visit before you leave.