Who new that here in Texas we have our own little wine valley and a pretty good one at that! Between Austin and Fredericksburg is a road known as Wine Road 290 filled with more wineries than I thought possible! Now I highly recommend that you only do 4-5 in a day (which means you will have to come back!). When I was in Fredericksburg there were a lot of other things to do on this road (berry picking, wildseed farms, and others to listed in a future post) so we did space out some of our tours throughout the 3 day weekend. However, I’ve listed some of the ones we were able to visit!
Texas Hills Vineyards
This was a great first stop! For $10 you get 6 tastings and $1 for each additional tasting. If you buy a bottle of wine you get $10 off. They have a good selection of wines from their vineyard, Texas wines, and other places. You can usually walk through their vineyards as well.
William Chris Vineyards
This one was one of my favorites just because of how gorgeous it was to walk through the vineyards! It’s best to get a reservation in advanced for this one. You get to try 5 of their wines which tend to be on the drier side. Make sure you grab your last glass to wander through the vines! This one is on the pricier side, but I forgot to record how much!
Fat Ass Winery
This winery was a lot of fun! It’s a lot more chaotic than regular wineries and you’re not going to get the sophisticated feel, but it’s cool to try a lot of “flavored” wines. For $10 you get to try 5-6 wines and you get a glass. Their wines included a peach, strawberry, and apple pie wine.
Right across from Fat Ass is Becker. This place includes a vineyard, a lavender field, and a tour of their brewing rooms. For $21 you get 7 tastings and a glass. They had a mixture of drys, sweets, and ports. The staff get busy, but they are friendly.
Wedding Oaks @ Wildseed Farms
This winery is located at Wildseed farms, which is exactly what it sounds like. In between the fields of flowers is a tasting room. It’s from a vineyard about a hour north. They also have a small amount of wine made there. For $12 you get 6 tastings. The Wedding Oaks wines are more dry while the Wildseed wines are sweeter.
Barons Creek Vineyard
This place is a hotel and winery in one. While we didn’t get the chance to stay here, it looked like an amazing place to stay. We went there early, but it gets packed fast. For $18 you get 7 tastings and chocolate!
This place is actually a complex with 4 different wineries (which featured wines from other wineries). On one walkable plaza there was Fiesta Winery, Six Shooters Cellars, Armadillo’s Leap Winery, and the Vintage Cellar. For $12 you get 6 tastings and a glass. This is also a great stop if you don’t want to drive since you can try 4 different places just by walking to the next shop.
There really is not enough time to try all the wineries and most of them change their stock. Next trip I hope to visit some of the ones I met.
If you don’t get the chance to drive down wine road there are also several wineries featured in downtown Fredericksburg.