The Texas Hill Country has become the center of wine country in the state. Many of these beautiful vineyards host special events, wine tasting and outdoor entertainment. In August and early September, many wineries host grape stomping events and tasting classes. If you've never been stompin', it is time to take off your shoes, roll up your pants and get dirty! Here are a few of the great wineries the Hill Country has to offer.
1. Torre di Pietra Winery
Enjoy the view from one of Torre di Pietra's secluded patios or its herb garden. In the evenings, the winery offers live music and a dance floor. If you are looking for a quiet get-a-way, relax in the triple-digit heat out under the pavilion with a glass of wine. With a variety of wines to choose from, you are sure to find one you love. Who wouldn't with names like Amore de Tuscano, Midnight Nymph, Red Flirt and Dirty Girl.
2. Singing Water Vineyard
Singing Water Vineyard's tasting room has been rebuilt from a 100-year-old Hill Country barn. The winery boasts that you can park in the shade or tie your horse up to the old recycled wagon. They offer tours and tastings in a relaxed atmosphere. The winery is located on the banks of the Bruins Creek. And, each year in August, they look for volunteers to help with the harvest. Roll up your sleeves and your pants - this one will put you to work. But, the reward is sweet!
3. Bell Springs Winery
Bell Springs Winery sits just outside Austin. If you are looking for a quick outing from the city, enjoy the casual atmosphere of this winery. You are invited to bring a picnic and your dogs, if they can behave themselves. Drive up to the old red barn and relax on the grounds or head out to the vineyard to roam freely in the Texas sun. There is also plenty of shade under the oaks and cedars.
4. Dry Comal Creek
Just outside New Braunfels, sits Dry Comal Creek. They use only Black Spanish grapes, but the taste is - well you should visit for yourself. Dry Comal Creek offers a variety of award-winning specialty wines including French Colombard (Demi-Sweet and Bone Dry), Orange Muscat, White Black Spanish, Comal Red, Black Spanish and 1096 Port.
5. Messina Hof
Messina Hof started out near Bryan/College Station, Texas, but soon found its way to the Hill Country. They opened their second location in Fredericksburg in 2011. The winery produces more than 50,000 cases of wine a year and hosts a variety of events, including an annual, public Harvest Festival.
6. Flat Creek Estates
Flat Creek Estates Winery offers guided tours and a tasting room that adjoins their 10,000-case production facility. They also offer a complete wine and food experience with in-house dining at The Bistro. Their lunch special at The Bistro features a casual wood-fired fare and brunches on the weekend. They also offer a wine-inspired fine dining menu.
7. Pedernales Cellars
Pedernales Cellars is a boutique winery that prides itself on world-class wines. They offer tours of their geothermal barrel cellar and tastings of their prized wines. Relax on their porch with a glass of wine and enjoy the scenic Hill Country. They invite you to enjoy the good life in your home away from home.
8. Perissos Vineyard and Winery
Perissos Vineyard and Winery uses only 100 percent Texas-grown fruit, most of which is homegrown on their 16-acre, family-owned vineyard. Their award-winning wines performed well in 2014 at the Lone Star International Wine Competition with a gold and a rare Grand Star best of class for the 2014 Estate Rose.
9. Lost Maples Winery
In little-known Vanderpool, along the Sabinal River is Lost Maples Winery. Using a variety of grapes, they are quickly making a name for themselves. Their signature wine is a Garnet Red Dessert Wine and a Red Table Wine. The winery is the first commercial vineyard in Bandera County. They offer tasting and tours so head over to Vanderpool.
10. Hye Meadow Winery
Hye Meadow Winery's mission is to offer a spot to relax with great wine and make you never want to leave. They offer a covered patio and a tasting room to kick back, relax and enjoy one of their well-crafted wines. If you are looking for a guided tour, they will gladly show you around the winery. The winery hosts special events for private parties.