The event thousands of people wait for all year is here! The Gruene Wine and Music Festival begins on Thursday, Oct. 8, kicking off four days of Texas wine, tasty food, hot tunes, and great fun in the heart of the Hill Country.
Thursday, Oct. 8
Thursday night’s theme is “That’s Right—It’s Not From Texas, and the festivities include:
- Tastings of Texas and non-Texas wines
- Door prizes featuring non-Texas vacations including Napa Valley, Jackson Hole, Orlando, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Santa Fe
- A concert by the Marshall Tucker Band at Gruene Hall
Friday, Oct. 9
The theme tonight is “Rocking with Texas Wine & Food, with wine tasting, a silent auction, and a concert and meet & greet with Pat Green (sold out). Also planed is:
- Wine tasting featuring Westcave Cellars, Fiesta Winery and Brennan Vineyards, among many others
- A guitar auction featuring autographed guitars from international music stars including George Strait, Willie Nelson, and Kacey Musgraves
Saturday, Oct. 10
“Texas Tastings & Tunes Day” includes:
- Live music on two stages
- Texas food tastings and food truck fare
- Nearly 100 Texas wines for tasting from 30+ wineries such as Dry Comal Creek Vineyards, Messina Hof Wine Cellars, and Pedernales Cellars
- Gift market and craft vendors
- Aaron Neville in concert at Gruene Hall
Sunday, Oct. 11
The last day of the festival is a “Texas-Style Musicfest” featuring eight hours of live Texas music with:
- William Clark Green
- Midnight River Choir
- Jamie Lin Wilson
- Dalton Domino
- Plus concerts by Bill Small Band, Los Fabulocos, and Blue Water Highway Band at Gruene Hall
- There will also be specialty beer tasting with more than 80 different varieties at The Grapevine, including Blue Moon Brewing Co., Shiner, Austin Eastciders, Robert Earl Keen Honey Pilsner, and Southern Tier Brewing Co., as well as gourmet good for sale and a gift market
The Gruene Wine and Music Festival brings together two favorite Hill Country activities: wine tasting and live music. The area has become a hotbed for both.
Huffington Post called the Texas Wine Country the "New Napa,” for its “perfect growing conditions” and its popularity as “the second most visited wine tasting region in North American and top 10 in the world,” while Wine Enthusiast named the Texas Hill Country “one of the 10 Best Travel Destinations.”
Texas wines have also continued to win awards around the world, most recently taking home 157 medals, including approximately two dozen gold, in the TEXSOM International Wine Awards (TIWA). Texas is now the No. 5 wine-producing state in the country.
Austin may be known as the live music capitol of the world, but the Texas Hill Country is gaining on it, with countless venues and festivals showcasing established, up-and-coming, and famous musicians, and a reputation as an incubator for great Texas music. Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and Stevie Ray Vaughan are just a few of the artists who got their start or cultivated their craft in the Hill Country.
These are just a few of the factors that have made the Hill Country such a desirable place to live. Communities like Vintage Oaks, the fastest-growing community in the area, inspire people to buy land, buy a home, or build a home thanks to the unique combination of location between Austin and San Antonio right on the Texas Wine Trail across the street from Dry Comal Creek Winery, beautiful Hill Country terrain, and resort amenities.
For more information, visit Vintage Oaks or click below to download the free Hill Country Real Estate Buying Guide.