In: Drinking22 Mar 2014
If you’re a Texas wine-lover, you’ll be excited to hear that we’ve got well over a dozen fantastic wineries nearby, within a 20-minute to one-hour drive. So whether you’re looking to entertain folks visiting from out of town, or just looking for a fun day trip, here’s a list that’ll have you saying “cheers!”
Click on a link for a review of each winery. Click on a marker for a winery’s exact location.
Salt Lick Cellars Yes, as in the famous barbecue joint, which makes this trip a two-fer: Visit the tasting room, and pick up a couple of wines to wash down your ‘cue.
Duchman Family Winery Pronounced “duke-man” and famous for bringing out the best in locally grown Italian grapes like vermentino and sangiovese. Located next to the beautiful Trattoria Lisina.
Driftwood Estate Winery Just down the road from the Salt Lick, located high on a hilltop overlooking rows and rows of grapevines.
Bella Vista Ranch Another double-bonus – this place is an olive orchard and a winery! Tours are offered of both, as well as samples of wine and extra-virgin olive oil in the tasting room.
Solaro Estate Winery A visit to this award-winning winery reveals what raising thoroughbred horses and growing wine grapes have in common: Both take vision and a lot of patience.
Westcave Cellars Just past Austin’s famous Hamilton Pool watering hole, this estate winery hosts fun events on weekends like barbecues and “grape stomps,” in case you’d like to join the Purple Feet Club.
Bell Springs Winery Family-run Bell Springs started out small, but is growing all the time. A great place to relax on the porch with a glass of wine and listen to live local music.
Spicewood Vineyards A spot so scenic it’s often a site for weddings, and you may see one take place as you sit out on the patio, relaxing with a cheese plate and bottle of wine.
Stone House Vineyard Right on the edge of Lake Travis where it’s joined by the Pedernales, so this makes another beautiful spot to sit and sample. Angela, the owner, grew up in the Barossa Valley of Australia and really knows her wines.
Flat Creek Estate A spectacular location which has been producing award-winning wines for years, including their acclaimed sangiovese known as the “Super Texan.” Gourmet restaurant The Bistro is on-site.
Texas Hills Vineyard The eighth-largest winery in Texas and creators of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. But with offerings like the Toro de Tejas and Kick-Butt Cab, they show they don’t take themselves too seriously.
Lewis Wines One of the newest wineries on the 290 wine trail, but definitely already on everyone’s radar. Doug Lewis learned the ropes at Pedernales Cellars, and is committed to Texas fruit.
Lakeview Winery Home of the Hippie Hollow Naked Chardonnay and technically the closest winery to town. Located at The Oasis, TX, sunset capital of Texas.
Hye Meadow Winery Another newcomer on the Highway 290 trail, Hye Meadow offers wines made with either Texas or Washington state grapes, as well as a beautiful tasting room overlooking the oaks.
William Chris Vineyard Technically, 10 minutes past our one-hour limit, but well worth it. At most wineries, you may get to meet the winemaker, but at this boutique winery, you’ll see them at work. And they don’t just host weddings here; one of the winemakers is actually licensed to perform them!
Most places offer live music on weekends, but call to be sure. Clink! And thanks to the Austin Food Blogger Alliance for this chance to contribute.