TEXAS WINE TRAVEL GUIDE
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the wine. With more than 300 wineries in the state and eight official AVAs (American Viticultural Areas – wine growing regions), Texas has become the fifth largest wine-producing state in the U.S. Although, most of the wine it produces is sold within its own borders. In other words, you won’t be able to get your hands on too many bottles outside the Lone Star State. If you want to get a taste, it’s time to plan a visit! This guide is here to help you get on your way. This guide will always be changing so make to sure check back!
Texas Wine Country Resources
Where To Stay For Your Texas Wine Country Getaways
Where To Sip Texas Wine
Texas Wineries and Wine Trails
Texas is home to eight AVAs – wine growing regions- and each region has its own wine trail, if not several. The most extensive wine trail in Texas is in the Texas Hill Country AVA, Wine Road 290. This AVA has been listed as one of “the 10 best wine travel destinations in the world,” and is the second most visited wine region in the United States, only behind Napa.
The Texas Hill Country AVA is home to at least 70 wineries, with more opening each month. With this number of wineries the the Texas Hill Country AVA has a few official wine trails with Wine Road 290 being the largest. More than 30 wineries sit along US Highway 290 from Fredericksburg on to Johnson City, the home to the highest concentration of wineries in the state of Texas, also known as Wine Road 290.
The following map outlines the current wine trails in Texas. (Last updated Sept. 2017).
Texas Wine Festivales (Not to Miss)
Austin Food + Wine Festival
April 27-29, 2018, Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX
The Austin Food + Wine Festival, sponsored by FOOD & WINE, brings an array of taste, talent and culinary entertainment to the Capital City while helping to support the nonprofit, Austin Food & Wine Alliance. The three-day weekend is the epitome of high spirits, with a packed schedule of hands-on grilling demos, up-close tastings with top chefs and sommeliers, and a Grand Tasting event like few others.
Rootstock Wine Fest
April 14, 2018, Waco, TX
Located in the picturesque Indian Spring Park, Rootstock will feature 16 of Texas’ best when it comes to wines grown and produced in the Lone Star State. The festival will also feature a half-dozen local chefs and restaurants competing to create the best small bite to pair with Texas Tempranillo – visitors get to vote for the winner!
Sept. 14 – 17, 2018, Grapevine, TX
The Annual GrapeFest is truly a Texas wine experience. Attendees will enjoy wines not only from Texas, but as well as wines from Finger Lakes region of New York and Niagara-on-the-Lake region of Canada. (This is also located in my hometown! I grew up attending every year and my parents did a lot of volunteering at the wine booths… I promise, it’s A LOT OF FUN!)