Texas Hill Country AVA

The Texas Hill Country AVA is the American Viticultural Area located in the Texas Hill Country.  The AVA is the 3rd largest in the country, covering 9 million acres (nearly 15,000 square miles).   Spreading from just north of San Antonio up to San Saba and just west of Austin to Rocksprings, the AVA contains over 60 wineries and 1,000 planted acres of vineyard.  Established in 1991, lead by Ed & Susan Auler of Fall Creek Vineyards, it is the southernmost AVA in the US.

Hill Country AVA

Year Established

1991

Total area

9,000,000 acres

Total vineyard acres

1,090 acres

Sub-regions

Bell Mountain AVA & Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA

Altitude

1413-1810 ft

Soils

Limestone, Granite, Clay, Sandstone

Temperatures

52-87 F

Climate

Humid subtropical

Rainfall

30"

Topography

Edwards Plateau

Marine

Colorado River, Pedernales River, Lake Travis

The Hill Country AVA produces varietals similar to France, Italy and Spain.

Varietals

  • Alicante Bouschet
  • Aglianico
  • Barbera
  • Blanc du Bois
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Chardonnay
  • Colombard
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Muscat Canelli
  • Norton
  • Petit Verdot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Primitivo
  • Riesling
  • Sangiovese
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Semillon
  • Syrah
  • Tannat
  • Tempranillo
  • Touriga Nacional
  • Trebbiano
  • Viognier
  • and more...