Fredericksburg’s Peaches & Wine Are Fabulous Summer Staples
The Hill Country town is home to dozens of wineries, vineyards and the best peaches around
By Alex Reichek and Hannah J. Phillips
Sweeten your summer and stock up on peaches and any peach-related product you can imagine with a visit to the orchards, farm stands and shops of Fredericksburg. Our highlights include Vogel Orchard (try the peach butter ice cream), Burg’s Corner, Das Peach Haus, Eckhardt Orchards and Jenschke Orchards (pick your own!), but you can access the full list of Gillespie County peach growers at texaspeaches.com.
Vaudeville Looking for shopping, an art gallery and a tasty bite all at the same time? Here you’ll find a boutique with an array of home goods and gifts such as Waterford Crystal, sunglasses, perfume, books, glassware and more. Head down to the Bistro in the basement for delicious salads, power bowls, sandwiches and cheeses. Don’t forget a giant s’mores cookie on your way out.
This wine is so good you may not actually believe it’s made in Texas. At William Chris Vineyards, you’ll see views of grapevines, large outdoor areas and some indoor seating for the members’ tasting room. Check the website schedule and head out to the winery for live music, reserved picnic lunches or specialty dinners or join the wine club for monthly shipments as well! Call ahead if planning to bring children.
There’s no better way to reward a day of browsing Fredericksburg’s plethora of local shops than wine and cured heritage Texas meats on the patio at La Bergerie. Tucked away from the bustling Main Street, the artisanal wine bar and market specializes in fine wines, cheese and charcuterie, curated by John and Evelyn Washburne and cured by chef James Monzon.
With views over lush farmland, this winery tricks you into thinking you could somehow be in California. Wooden tables, bench swings and peaceful air make for a comfortable environment on a lazy afternoon. Don’t miss the Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young pét-nat. Reservations required for tastings Thursday through Monday, and the winery just opened its first restaurant— The Kitchen at Southold Farm + Cellar—in time for summer (available for dinner Friday and Saturdays).