Taste Off The Beaten Path in Texas Wine Country
TASTE OFF THE BEATEN PATH IN 2018
Thinking about what interesting new experiences to seek out this year? A fantastic place to start is by discovering off-the-beaten-path wineries in the Texas Hill Country. These wineries will give you some new flavors to savor, attractions to enjoy, and stories to tell your friends about. Here is a short list of great wineries and nearby attractions to get you planning some exciting winery weekends.
COMFORT, TEXAS WINERIES AND ACTIVITIES
Comfort boasts artful and interesting wineries where you can enjoy a few hours of wine tasting amid the vines. Singing Water Vineyardshosts a tasting room in a 100-year-old Hill Country barn, and you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy while you taste wine on the porch. Bending Branch Winery is an award-winning winery whose Tannat varietal of wine has emerged as a Texas favorite. Between wine tastings in Comfort, you can also check out the array of antique shops in town. Take advantage of cute bed and breakfasts for cozy lodging, and don’t forget to sample wonderful comfort food staples at restaurants like the Cypress Creek Inn restaurant, High’s Cafe, and the Horseshoe Pub & Pizza.
SAN SABA, TEXAS WINERIES AND ACTIVITIES
Beautiful San Saba is home to fascinating sites from early Texas history, and it is known as the “Pecan Capital of the World.” It also features excellent artisan wineries like Old Man Scary Cellars and Wedding Oak Winery. At the downtown tasting room of Old Man Scary Cellars, you can taste wine in a historic 1924 building. Wedding Oak Winery specializes in warm-climate vines and grapes, serving everything from Trebbiano to Sangiovese to Viognier. Looking to pick up a Texas-sized hat or pair of boots while in San Saba? In between visiting the wineries you can shop at Harry’s Boots or look for craftsman goods at J.C. Campbell Co. & Mercantile. Plus, Madeleine & Me sells gorgeous fine handmade goods and gifts to help you tick things off your gift lists.
BURNET, TEXAS WINERIES AND ACTIVITIES
Located near Buchanan Lake, Burnet hosts two delightful, scenic wineries: Torr Na Lochs Vineyards and Winery, and Perissos Vineyards and Winery. Torr Na Lochs is sited on a working cattle ranch, so you can observe the workings of the ranch while you taste wines made from the many varietals grown on the land. Perissos Vineyards hosts live music on many Saturdays, making your wine tasting into a full, festive experience. In addition, two of Texas’ fine state parks are located near Burnet: Inks Lake State Park and Longhorn Cavern State Park. These parks provide plenty of nature-watching, camping and hiking opportunities to enjoy in between vineyard visits. History buffs will enjoy Fort Croghan Museum, which is a decommissioned U.S. Army museum from the 1800s.
Whether you go to Burnet, Comfort or San Saba this year, or all three, visiting a Texas winery on the Texas Wine Trail is sure to be one of your most pleasurable and memorable experiences. From the warm Texas sun to the cool hill country breezes to the delicious artisan wine, a weekend or two or three spent in Texas Wine Country is always a good time