The Local’s Guide to Texas Hill Country Wineries & Vineyards

The Hill Country rests in that sweet spot of good soil and good water and has taken full advantage of the opportunity to produce some primo vino. If you have followed this blog at all, you will know we love to feature Hill Country we figured we’d compile all our favorites in one place! Now, it’s just up to you to decide where you’re going to spend your next Saturday brunch drinking a great glass of wine with great friends.

1. Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

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Dry Comal Creek Vineyards is an award-winning, family-owned winery in the charming town of New Braunfels. Dry Comal is considered one of the pioneers in Black Spanish wines and continues to win awards for their top tier wine. We think one of the best parts of this place is the Tasting Room. Learn the nuances of your favorite wines, pair them with great food, and more. They also host fun annual events like the Grape Stomp, where you get to take off your shoes and participate in the old school methods of winemaking! (Note: This space is also available for special events and weddings.)

Where: 1741 Herbelin Rd, New Braunfels

2. The Grapevine

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The Grapevine is a wine tasting room within the ever-popular Gruene Historic District, boasting one of the biggest selections of Texas wines! This place is great for sitting out on the porch and enjoying a glass of wine with their friends. The Grapevine also hosts live music in the garden, and other fun events throughout the week. Every third Thursday of the month, a featured winemaker will showcase three of their newest, best-selling wines for visitors to enjoy (as well as a craft brew chosen by the Grapevine staff). Learn from the masters about this fun and tasty hobby!

Where: 1612 Hunter Rd, Gruene

3. Wimberley Valley Winery

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Founded in 1983, Wimberley Valley Winery is known for making fine wines that focus on quality and selection. Anywhere from seasonal wines to the classics, this winery surpasses expectation, bringing forward the best of the wine world with creativity and care.

Where: 2825 Lone Man Mountain Rd, Wimberley

4. Fawncrest Vineyard

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Located in a well-hidden sanctuary overlooking Canyon Lake,  Fawncrest Vineyard has been making incredible wine since 1998. The entire winemaking process takes place on-site (with the occasional exception of a few imported grapes). This is a small batch winery (only producing about 400 cases a year) that focuses on Bordeaux style wines and has won awards for its Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Where: 1370 West Side Cir, Canyon Lake

5. Sister Creek Vineyards

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Sister Creek Vineyards sits in the tiny little Texas town of Sisterdale (population 25!) and has been around since 1988. Sister Creek uses Bordeaux and Burgundy wine techniques to make classic, traditional wines that taste incredible. The sweet nectar is aged in big oak barrels for up to three years, and minimal filtration is utilized to achieve a pure taste. Go in for a tasting and pick up a few bottles!

Where: 1142 Sisterdale Rd, Sisterdale

6. Bending Branch Winery

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Bending Branch Winery is out of Comfort, TX and produces boutique wines with 14 different grape varieties. They make traditional styles of wine, but also branch out into less familiar territory. Try the Tannat, Petite Sirah, Souzao, Picpoul Blanc, Vermentino, and Roussanne. Bending Branch Winery was voted the Best Texas Winery in 2015 and 2016 by the San Antonio Express-News Readers’ Choice Awards.

Where: 142 Lindner Branch Rd, Comfort