Top 6 Reasons to Visit Texas Wine Country
Fredericksburg lodging, restaurants and attractions make it an easy summer getaway
Photographs by Blake Mistich
Summer has officially arrived in Central Texas, which means you’re probably looking to take a break and have a good time with friends and family. Fredericksburg is a quick and easy getaway that’s only a short drive from Austin and it is home to more than 50 wineries, gorgeous Hill Country scenery, shops, restaurants, hotels and plenty of fun.
Here are six reasons to visit Texas Wine Country this summer:
It’s in Your Backyard, Almost
The area’s wineries have been producing a variety of quality wines that have won both state and national honors. Wine production dates back to the town’s founding in 1846 (yes, Fredericksburg is celebrating its 175th birthday in 2021), when the original settlers used the native mustang grape to make wines. Today, Texas Wine Country produces everything from sweet wines, rosés, dry whites and dry reds, so you are sure to find your favorite.
Options, Options, Options
The Texas Hill Country is home to more than 100 wineries, over half of which are located in Gillespie County. Many area wineries offer tastings and food pairings of their wines, allowing visitors to try a little of everything on the menu. Several wineries provide tours of the facilities to learn more about the wine making process from vine to glass. Traveling with children or pets? See these family-friendly and pet-friendly wineries.
Planning to tour and taste several Texas Hill Country wineries? Fredericksburg has more than 20 wine tour and shuttle services that make it easy to hit the road and stay safe. Wine tour companies offer full-day, half-day and private wine hours. Or for a less structured way to explore wineries, hop on the 290 Wine Shuttle, which ventures from Fredericksburg to wineries every 10 minutes on Saturdays.
Urban Wine Trail
Stay close to Main Street shops, restaurants and hotels while exploring nearly a dozen wineries located in downtown Fredericksburg. All are within walking distance – and as an added bonus, taking wine to-go is permitted so you can enjoy it while you stroll along the downtown historic district.
Visiting Fredericksburg midweek can provide flexibility and gives you a more personalized experience at wineries. Get a more personalized wine tasting experiencing when you visit Sunday through Thursday. There are even more midweek perks to discover.
Head to VisitFredericksburgTX.com for the most up-to-date information on Fredericksburg shops, restaurants, wineries and attractions.