A new article in Wine Enthusiast recently asked the question so many others have already enthusiastically answered: “Is Texas the next great wine region to watch for?” Amid growing acclaim both here and abroad, the wineries of the Texas Wine Trail have become far more than a novelty. Here, ample space and ideal growing conditions “lend themselves to successful Old World varieties…common to regions such as Southern France and Spain,” they said.
That has raised some eyebrows in places where top-notch wines are somewhat more expected, like Northern California and France—just two of the spots where Texas wines have had impressive wins in international competitions. Of the two main grape-producing American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Texas, the “Hill Country, in the south-central part of the state, has expansive, rolling hills and rocky terrain,” they said. Its more than nine million acres are “dotted by adorable towns with buildings constructed from the region’s plentiful limestone and features lots of tasting rooms. The limestone also makes for excellent soil, which helps protect vines from mold and mildew in this humid region.”
The Hill Country is one of the fastest growing wine-producing regions in the country, leading some to believe that “the area is on track to become the next Napa Valley,” said Southern Living. Huffington Post took it a step further, stating that the Texas Hill County “has perfect growing conditions for varietals better known in central Italy and France's Rhone Valley.” Top grapes produced in the area include Albariño, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Vermentino and Viognier.
Fall and December are great times to visit the Texas Wine Trail, with temperate weather that makes wine tasting outdoors even more inviting. When it gets cold, the wineries’ beautiful indoor facilities are put to good use.
One of the Texas Wine Trail’s largest events of the year takes place from December 1–17. The festive 2017 Christmas Wine Affair features passports for tours and tastings at 42 of their unique wineries.
“This is the time of year we’ve all been waiting for...a chill in the air, the hustle and bustle, baking, wrapping, fireplaces and the Christmas Wine Affair in the Hill Country,” they said! “Vineyards and tasting rooms are cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun. We invite you to come enjoy the sounds of carols and bask in front of the fireplace with your favorite glass of Texas cheer. Join us for 17 days at 42 unique wineries and experience the decking of the cellars in the wonderland that is the Texas Hill Country, all that is missing from our tasting rooms this holiday season is YOU!”
For more information about living on the Texas Wine Trail, visit Vintage Oaks. The fastest-growing community in the Hill Country for four straight years, Vintage Oaks is located in the heart of New Braunfels on the Texas Wine Trail, with Hill Country land and homes for sale and a host of resort-style amenities including a Tuscan clubhouse, multiple pools, a lazy river, ball fields, and miles of walking trails.
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