In the heart of the Lone Star State, Texas Hill Country is renowned for its scenic landscapes, charming small towns, and, surprisingly, its flourishing wineries. This hidden gem in the Texan terrain has evolved into a premier wine destination for wine enthusiasts seeking a unique and delightful tasting experience. Minutes from the Inn at Sunset Mill Ranch, you will find many opportunities for wine tasting and vineyard touring at award-winning wineries and family-owned operations.

Winemaking in the rolling hills of Texas Hill Country dates back to the mid-19th century but gained popularity in the 20th century when pioneers realized the climate and temperament of the region for growing grape varietals. Vineyards produce a variety of wines- everything from robust Tempranillos to crisp Viogniers and elegant Cabernet Sauvignons- all of which thrive in the local conditions. So, which Texas Hill Country Wineries should you visit? We round up the best of Texas Hill Country vineyards and wine locations below.

Driftwood Estate Winery– This winery offers great wines and beautiful panoramic views. The stunning estate is surrounded by rolling vineyards and produces an extensive selection of high-quality wines of both red and white varietals. The staff showcases true Texas hospitality, and the tastings are a fabulous way to explore the wines. Driftwood Estate Winery Bistro is open for lunch or small plates on the weekends. The winery also offers a wine club. Open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wimberley Valley Winery– Discover wine, food trucks, and live entertainment on the weekends at this off-the-beaten-path winery. There is a gorgeous oak grove and spacious patios with outdoor seating options to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine. Operating since 1983, this winery is a stand-out for producing small-batch, hand-crafted wines. Wimberley Valley Winery produces sparkling, red, and white varietals that range from sweet to dry. The winery also offers a wine club. Open daily 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fall Creek Winery– Located across the street from the world-famous Salt Lick BBQ. The relaxing atmosphere is a stunningly gorgeous backdrop for guests. The winery is one of the oldest vineyards and wineries in Texas. Fall Creek Winery utilizes both classic winemaking techniques and cutting-edge technology to produce a range of wines that capture the essence of the Texas terrain. From their signature Tempranillo to crisp Sauvignon Blanc, the winery’s portfolio reflects the diversity of grape varietals thriving in the Texas Hill Country. The estate offers tastings, guided tours, and special events. Open seven days a week.

Salt Lick Cellars– The family behind Salt Lick BBQ planted roots in wine in 2006 when 35 acres of different grape varietals were born. The cellar opened its doors in 2009 and offers many fine wines available for tasting and purchase, including Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Farm to Market blends, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Sparkling White, and the house BBQ RED, and BBQ WHITE wines. Their deck, shaded by a majestic old oak tree, is a nice place to relax and enjoy the wine if you have a wait at the restaurant. Visit Salt Lick Cellars online to find out if tastings are available.

Duchman Family Winery- Located on the same grounds as Trattoria Lisina, you feel like you have been transported into an oasis. The winery was recognized by HGTV as one of the top 20 most picturesque wineries. Duchman started in 2004 and has a passion for unique Italian varietals that produce wines such as Vermentino, Sangiovese, and Dolcetto. The tasting room is open Monday 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday, 12:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday – Saturday 12:00 – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 – 7:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended. They offer a private picnic experience and private tastings.

Seventh Son Winery located just a couple of miles from Inn at Sunset Mill Ranch on Fischer Store Road, this is a convenient stop on the weekends. The Tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday only from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. It is the newest winery in the area and has some great laid-back outdoor seating shaded by Texas live oak trees. It would be a nice place to end your wine tour before heading back to the Inn for a glass of your favorite beverage, relaxing on the porch, and watching the sun go down.

Looking to try multiple Texas wines from the area? Head downtown Wimberley, where you will discover great wine shops and tasting rooms. Our favorites are Social on the SquareRanch Brand Wine & Spirits, Hill Country Wine ShopThe Shady Llama, and Dos Olivos.

Visit Wine Country for delicious wine, food pairings, cheese platters, charcuterie boards, and more.  Texas wine country is worth tasting and experiencing!

Pro Tip: Buy your favorite bottle to bring back with you to enjoy a glass of wine at the Inn while viewing a fiery red sunset, watching a movie at the outdoor firepit, or soaking in your hot tub while stargazing in the peaceful dark sky country.

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