Becker Vineyards

In: Drinking

17 Aug 2013

(map) There are nine wineries between Stonewall and Fredericksburg, and Becker is one of the oldest and most popular. Since its beginning in 1992, it’s grown into the third-largest winery in the state. It’s a beautiful place to relax, take a tour and discover some award-winning wines. A tasting of six wines is $10 and includes this souvenir glass.

The tasting room and shop is huge, which is good, because so are the crowds. It’s busy but well-organized, with several pourers making sure no one waits.

You choose your six wines from a list of about 12. When you find a fave, you can buy a glass or a bottle of it. Pourers are happy to give advice and ask questions about your preferences. From viognier to fume blanc, cabernet franc to reserve grenache, there’s something for everyone!

The winery tour takes you down by the cold-stabilized stainless tanks where the wine ferments before being poured into barrels for aging. They crush the grapes in August and if you’d like to help, there’s a free Grape Stomp.

Each of these 65-gallon oak barrels will produce 25 cases of wine. Red wines are aged in American oak, whites in French oak. There are rows and rows of these — Becker has the biggest underground wine storage area in the entire state of Texas.

You can buy a glass of wine to enjoy out on the veranda, which overlooks the large lawn. There’s live music on the weekends.

The tasting room is lined with shelves of gourmet foods, wines and all kinds of wine-related accessories. Becker is also a working lavender farm, so there are a lot of lavender soaps, lotions and sachets for sale, too.

The cozy Homestead Bed & Breakfast is the original cabin built in 1890 by settlers here. It’s been modernized inside, with the luxury of indoor plumbing, even!

Becker Vineyards website

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