Texas Wines are a Secret in Hill Country
While most of the country believes the best wine can be found on the West Coast, the Texas Hill Country has been quietly building up an abundance of lovely wines. In fact, the Hill Country has nearly 40 wineries. The under the radar destination even hosted the wine marketing tourism conference this year.
What makes Hill Country Wineries unique? They aren’t the kind where a huge tour bus lets a bunch of people out. In fact, they suggest making appointments, so you can truly savor the experience. Co-0wner, Chris, of William Chris vineyards says “We’d rather people not come, than us not be able to give them the attention they deserve.”
Wine is not produced in quantities large enough to be exported. So, you must visit Texas to imbibe. Here are three of the best wineries in Texas to visit.
Becker Vineyards (Nature / Scenery) If you like Instagram worthy spots, then Becker Vineyards should be on your list of spots to sip on wine and take in the lovely scenery. Must try wine: The Prairie Rotie. A Silver Medal winner in the San Francisco International Wine Competition, it is a light bodied red with a hint of spice and cherries. Tastings are $15 for 6 tastes.
Kuhlman Cellers (Fit for Foodies) If you have a foodie in your midst, then you don’t want to miss out on this Texas winery. Each wine is expertly paired with a small bite. The winery works closely with a chef to create delectable bites to bring out the best of the wine. Think Pumpkin Pureé in a Phylo shell with Wild Mushrooms. Cost is $20.00 per guest ($5 will be waived from the cost of the tasting for each bottle purchased). Upgrade to the $27.50 tasting to experience one additional wine and one additional taste.
William Chris (Get to Know the Winemaker) The names of the two founders of the wineries, these guys know what they are doing, with 35 years experience under their belts. As noted above, the owners are quite involved in the business and often give tours themselves. Tours are daily and are $20 per person, but reservations are recommended. Try the Mouvedre and Roussanne. Mouvedre wine is popular in France and Spain, but this Texas winery has put its own spin on the full bodied red. Roussanne is the perfect dessert wine you’ve never tried.
The lovely town of Fredericksburg, Texas makes a terrific home base for exploring the Texas wineries. Make sure to put Texas Hill Country on your vacation list for 2017.