Texas’ wine country remains one of the nation’s best-kept secrets. From the charming frills of Fredericksburg to the rich family history that runs through Del Rio’s Val Verde, there’s so much to be explored. And don’t worry, whether you’re a self-proclaimed sommelier or are just looking to learn more about the world of wine while having a great time, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best wineries to visit in Texas.
1. Val Verde – Del Rio
Unlike most of Texas’ famous wineries, Val Verde is not in the heart of the Hill Country. Rather, it’s about 150 miles west of San Antonio in the beautiful and arid southwest Texas. Established in 1883, Val Verde is the oldest winery in the state and is still run by the same family today. And thanks to that, they’ve been perfecting their craft of winemaking for nearly 140 years. Famous for their traditional methods that’ve been passed down from generation to generation, a visit to Val Verde is an experience in and of itself.
2. Fall Creek Vineyards – Tow
Set in the picturesque landscape of the Texas Hill Country, Fall Creek Vineyards has been one of the best wineries in the state since 1975. Following a visit to France, Ed and Susan Auler were introduced to an entirely new world of viticulture that they are constantly curating at FCV. And thanks to its peaceful, rural setting along the banks of Lake Buchanan, it truly does feel like it’s in a world of its own.
3. Duchman Family Winery – Driftwood
Looking for a slice of Italy in the Lone Star State? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Duchman Family Winery over in Driftwood. Complete with charming, Tuscan-style architecture and famous for their cultivation of Italian wines such as vermentino and dolcetto, it’s in a league of its own. Did we mention that the Italian charm is so stunning that HGTV has even listed it as one of the most picturesque wineries in the country?
4. Bending Branch Winery – Comfort
Head 50 miles northwest of San Antonio and you’ll find a unique wine-lover’s paradise. Sprawled across 56 acres of spectacular Hill Country and famous for their Mediterranean varietals, there’s lots to love about Bending Branch. Wine connoisseurs will love the organic farming and innovation of modern and traditional techniques that all come together to create something special at this family winery.
5. Messina Hof Hill Country Winery – Fredericksburg
This cosy winery complete with a B&B, loads of rustic charm and some of the best grape varieties in the state makes for the perfect couples getaway. Head to the tasting room where you’ll find more than 50 wines, or roam the nearly 10 acre property. Feeling active? Grab your suit and go for a dip in the onsite river. Its location in Fredericksburg, charming cottage stays and variety of onsite activities make an overnight stay 100% worth it, too.
6. Becker Vineyards – Stonewall
Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone-style wines, oh my! Becker Vineyards is the perfect escape to the French countryside in the heart of the Lone Star State. Even better? This Texas fave is surrounded by lush lavender fields. It’s also famous for fine French wines and gourmet pairing that’ll transport you right to the Loire Valley put Becker Vineyards on many a wino-bucket list.
7. Sister Creek Vineyards – Boerne
This 1885 Cotton Gin turned quirky country-style winery is just the place to enjoy a few sips of wine and take in the rustic charm. You’ll find a whole host of Bordeaux and Burgundy winemaking techniques combined with their own unique spin. From their traditional wines aged in oak barrels for up to three years to the unmissable romance throughout the property; it’s impossible not to love Sister Creek Vineyards.