Nothing brightens the holiday season more than a festive wine-tasting experience with friends and family. With luxurious tastings, intimate settings and plenty to celebrate, the seasonal events Texas Hill Country wineries have in store are sure to fill you with holiday cheer.

Texas Hill Country is a popular choice for wine tasting during the holidays, and it boasts many cellars, events and holiday features for local and out-of-town guests. Each attraction offers a different take on the holidays, and you can choose from a variety of wineries and special events that appeal to your own personal preference and style. Get a taste of what the season has to offer in Texas Wine Country with these three ways to celebrate the holidays.


Cozy Up to the Warmth of the Season

If you’re worried about the weather, mosey on down to a Texas Hill Country winery for an experience full of warmth and joy. Many wineries in the Hill Country offer features that are sure to keep you warm this winter. You can gather around the fire pits at Lost Draw Cellars, to enjoy a glass of wine in front of a blazing fire. Cozy up around the fireplaces at Texas Lagato, and bask in the warm light during your tasting. Or gather around the heaters and sip from your glass under holiday lights, with a stunning view of the Pedernales River Valley at Pedernales Cellars. No matter what the forecast brings, these wineries have your comfort in mind.


Get in the Holiday Spirit

If you’re looking for something to do that comes with a full serving of holiday spirit, many special events combine wine tasting with holiday festivities. Multiple wineries, including 1851 Vineyards, are participating in the Light the Night Christmas Parade, on Friday, December 1, which brings the sights right to you. You can also enjoy movie nights at places like the Duchman Winery and take in popular holiday movies like “Elf” and “Home Alone.”

Get an early start on holiday events in Johnson City with the Lights Spectacular, which will continue to dazzle visitors throughout the entire holiday season. You can also enjoy the 4.0 Cellars Sip with Santa on Thursday, December 7 and the Christmas Magic Show at Flat Creek Estate on Saturday, December 9. If you’re into arts and crafts, you may also want to check out the Christmas Cork Craft Night, happening at Bent Oak, for a unique take on this pastime.


Sip and Shop for Holiday Gifts

If shopping is one of your favorite things to do during the holiday season, you’ll love the opportunities to sip a fine wine and shop at the same time. Wander down to the Sip & Stroll with the San Saba County Chamber of Commerce on December 9 and enjoy the products of participating wineries, including Wedding Oak Winery and Old Man Scary Cellars. You’ll also get a chance to sample the fruits of Torr La NochsFiesta Winery and more.

No matter what you’re looking for in your holiday wine-tasting experience, something out there is waiting to surprise you. You can enjoy a simple wine tasting, live it up with interactive holiday events or go shopping in style, with a stem glass in your hand. The exciting flavors combined with the surprises of the season will bring joy to you and your family and friends.

Before you head out to the wineries of Texas Hill Country, be sure to check the holiday hours of each location where you plan to stop. Map a full day of winery tours or choose the event that appeals to your tastes.