Texas Monthly recently published an article about the Hill Country. The topic? Wine. Hill Country has developed a prominent reputation in the wine industry, and has matured into one of the top wine destinations in the world.
A Great Winery Tour Addition
While planning your winery tour adventure, remember to pencil in Vintage Oaks onto your agenda. With breathtaking panoramic views, lush rolling hills, and world-class amenities, you can discover the beautiful scenery of the Hill Country. Conveniently located across from the award-winning Dry Comal Creek Vineyard, stop by for a relaxing stroll amongst century old oak trees.
Helpful Tips to Plan Your Winery Tour
With dozens of wineries dotting the Fredericksburg area alone, it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to visit and how many you should aim to see.
Here are some helpful tips to assist you in planning your weekend wine tour in the Hill Country.
HOW MANY WINERIES CAN I REALISTICALLY VISIT IN ONE DAY?
This depends on how many people you're with. A weekend getaway for two? You can probably fit in four to five. Touring in a large group? The ideal number is probably three; limiting the number of stops allows everyone in the group to have time to tastes, savor, buy wine, and load back in the car/bus/van for the next stop.
Know Before You Go: Tastings include three to five wines (potentially more if you reserve time for a special tasting and tour at different wineries). Try to start relatively early, like 11 a.m.; don't forget to eat lunch (you will be consuming a fair amount of alcohol, after all); and be sure to stop and smell the, wait for it, rosé.
SHOULD I DRIVE MYSELF OR SHOULD I HIRE A TOUR COMPANY?
If you plan on drinking, do not drive. Period. If you insist on taking your own vehicle, assign a designated driver.
Know Before You Go: There are number of reasonably priced tour options that take you to the wineries of your choice. The drivers often tell you a bit about each place (these companies are typically quite familiar with the area's wineries), and most will help you carry purchases to the car, where they will store them in a cool, conditioned compartment. Some tours will even arrange boxed lunches for a convenient meal to enjoy at one of the wineries along the way.
WHERE SHOULD I EAT AND STAY?
There are numerous B&Bs, boutique hotels, and guesthouses in the Fredericksburg area, a long list that can be pared down using online reservation services such as BedandBreakfast.com or local operator Gastehaus Schmidt. On either site you can narrow down a search for just about any kind of accommodation you're looking for.
And no need to stop your wine tour for dinner; most of Fredericksburg's restaurants offer area wines, like Otto's German Bistro or The Cabernet Grill, which uses local ingredients and offers a Texas-only wine list.
For more helpful tips and suggested wineries, read the full wine tour in the Hill Country article here.