Friday, July 31, 2015

By Ayngelina BroganDid you know that Texas was home to the second most
visited wine region in the U.
S.
and the tenth most visited in the world? Shocker I know, but Texas was
actually home to the first vineyard in North America, established by
Franciscan monks circa 1662.
The climate is perfect for producing traditional wines from Italy, France,
and Spain like sangiovese, viognier and tempranillo, and today, Texas Hill
Country is home to 46 wineries — with more developing all the time.
  Less than an hour’s drive from San Antonio, you could be
sipping great wines.
(Photo: Ayngelina Brogan)Located west of Austin and San Antonio, Texas
Hill Country is the second largest viticultural area in the U.
S.
(and by the way, Texas has eight officially recognized viticultural areas).

If you base yourself out of the small town of Fredericksburg you’ll
be only a 45-minute drive from San Antonio.
There are a number of tour operators out of San Antonio if you prefer to come
for just the day, but Texas Hill Country is beautiful and deserves at least a
one-night stay.
I bedded down at Rose Hill Manor, a B&B conveniently located next to
Pedernales Cellars, where you’ll get a free wine tasting with your
stay.
  The view from Rose Hill Manor.
 (Photo: Ayngelina Brogan)If you don’t have someone planning to
stay dry during the trip, it’s best to leave the driving to someone
else.
There are a number of minivan and limousine tours that visit Texas Hill
Country wineries, such as the 290 Wine Shuttle, a hop-on-hop off bus that runs
every 20 minutes and stops at six wineries for only $20.
 Consider taking a tour mid-week to avoid the crowds at tastings.
They can be four-people deep by the weekend so take the civilized route and
go on a Tuesday.
 Related: A Luxurious Road Trip Through California’s Wine
Country Pair Texas wines with locally made cheeses at 4.
0 Cellars.
(Photo: Ayngelina Brogan)
The Texas Wine Trail website has a list all of the
area wineries, plus a map, a route planner, and an FAQ on etiquette and places
to eat and sleep.
I had only 24 hours to explore the region, so while I didn’t have time
to visit all 46 vineyards, these were some of my favorites:4.
0 Cellars
A collaboration between three wineries, 4.
0 is popular because of the many different wines available for tasting.
It also offers a Texas Cheese & Wine Experience, featuring artisan
cheeses from the nearby Veldhuizen Cheese Company.
 Related: The Craziest Gut-Busting Cocktails in the U.
S.
Grape Creek Vineyards
Self-proclaimed as Tuscany in Texas, this winery is
under new ownership and has been winning a number of awards for its creations.
The beautiful patio area makes it a worthwhile spot to relax and have a drink
under the Tuscan…err Texan sun.
 Pedernales Cellars
One of the only wineries to produce wine solely
with Texan grapes (many here supplement with California grapes), Pedernales is
known for its tempranillo and viognier.
It’s often the first recommendation from locals as it has an excellent
reputation in the region.
 Have you been to any of the Texas wine regions? Watch:
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Did you know that Texas was home to the second most visited wine region in the
U.
S.
and the tenth most visited in the world?.
The Texas Wine Trail website has a list all of the area wineries, plus a map,
a route planner, and an FAQ on etiquette and places to eat and sleep.
I had only 24 hours to explore the region, so while I didn’t have time
to visit all 46 vineyards, these were some of my favorites:4.
0 Cellars
A collaboration between three wineries, 4.
0 is popular because of the many different wines available for tasting.
It also offers a Texas Cheese & Wine Experience, featuring artisan
cheeses from the nearby Veldhuizen Cheese Company.
 Related: The Craziest Gut-Busting Cocktails in the U.
S.
Grape Creek Vineyards
Self-proclaimed as Tuscany in Texas, this winery is
under new ownership and has been winning a number of awards for its creations.
The beautiful patio area makes it a worthwhile spot to relax and have a drink
under the Tuscan…err Texan sun.
 Pedernales Cellars
One of the only wineries to produce wine solely
with Texan grapes (many here supplement with California grapes), Pedernales is
known for its tempranillo and viognier.
It’s often the first recommendation from locals as it has an excellent
reputation in the region.
 Have you been to any of the Texas wine regions? Watch:
Taste-Testing Greenland’s Finest Microbrew Beers Let World traveling
club Travel inspire you every day.
Check out our original adventure travel series A Broad Abroad.

Did you know that Texas was home to the second most visited wine region in
the U.
S.
and the tenth most visited in the world?

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