Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Texas Wine Trail

Traveling to Sonoma/Healdsburg, California has been one of my favorite vacations to-date. Neal and I sipped wines, biked through beautiful vineyards, and came home with incredible memories. Now that we're in Austin, I've been eager to explore the Texas wine country and see how it measures up.

With 42 unique wineries scattered across Hill Country and a climate the feels a bit similar to California, the Texas Wine Trail seems like a destination for novice wine-tasters and sommeliers alike. We've been sampling some Texas wines at home, and we are looking forward to an upcoming weekend of wine-tasting as we travel to Fredericksburg.

October is Texas Wine Month, so if you're looking for a fun fall getaway, come on down!

Where to Stay: 
  • Find a cute hotel that's in the heart of the action (nobody wants to drink and drive). Flat Creek Estates and many of the other vineyards have tiny bed and breakfasts that aren't advertised online, but give them a call. 
  • If you're looking for a more hotel-like experience, check out this site for lodging along the trail. 
What to Do:
  • This is obvious-sip some great wine! Several of the wineries along the trail host events, so check out this calendar and plan your route in advance.  
  • Live music is popular in Austin, but it's also making its way down the Wine Trail. Several wineries host Friday and Saturday night events with live music and great food to accompany the vino.
  • There are nearby towns that make for a fun stop when you're ready for a wine-tasting break. Greune (pronounced like "Green") is a cute little town full of fun shops to explore, and if you're there on the 3rd weekend of the month, you can shop the Old Gruene Market Days
  • New Braunfels isn't too far from the wineries you'll be exploring, and it offers a different kind of fun. On a warm day, you can tube down the Guadalupe River, or, if tubing's not your thing, check out the Natural Bridge Caverns- they're some of the largest in Texas. 
Enjoy your trip! Cheers!

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