Texas Wine Travel Guide

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

Wine adventure in Texas Hill Country: A guide to planning your Texas wine country visit

Complete list of Texas Vineyards

Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association

Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association

Texas Winelover, The ultimate Texas Wine blog

Texas Wine, Explained

 

 

Where to Stay for Your Texas Wine Country Getaways

Hotels and where to stay in the Texas Hill Country

A Winos Guide To The U.S. 290 Wine Road – Caveat Emptor

Seven Great Ways to Spend a Weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas

Restaurants in the Texas Hill Country

Where to Sip Texas Wine

The Top Texas Hill Country Wineries to Visit
The Top Texas Hill Country Wineries to Visit

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!

Grapefest
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!)

Texas Wine Tours and Resources

290 Wine Shuttle – A hop-on-and-off bus that takes wine lovers along Wine Road 290 for $20!

Cellar Rat Wine Tours – Wine tours in the Texas Hill Country

Texas Grapes Wine Tour – Wine tours in the Texas Hill Country

Grapevine Wine Tours and Dallas Wine Tours

Meet the Makers

Interviews with winemakers who are shaping the Texas wine regions. See all the interviews from winemakers around the world.

Interview with a Winemaker: Paul V Bonarrigo, Messina Hof

Beyond the Vines - Things to see and do besides sipping wine.