You may or may not know that the Texas Hill Country is one of the two most-visited wine regions in North America, along with Napa County, California. On average, roughly 5,000,000 visitors come to central Texas wineries for tasting, tours, and to find that special bottle (or six) to bring home.
One of the reasons that the Hill Country is such a popular destination, is that it is an easy drive from five of the fifteen largest American cities: Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, & Fort Worth. Although there are visitors from across America, and from international origins as well, the accessibility of the Fredericksburg area for a day or weekend trip makes it particularly attractive for repeat and new visitors from across Texas.
If you’re looking for alternatives to visiting the wineries’ tasting rooms, which requires taking a tour or driving from point to point, and limits you to 3 or 4 venues in a day, an excellent option to consider is to visit one of the many wine festivals held throughout the year. Each festival gives you the option to combine wine tasting from multiple vintners with shopping and eating all at one destination. And some of these events will also give you the opportunity to visit some places not often associated with Texas’s wine industry.
You can purchase tickets online for this event, which benefits the Wimberley Community Civic Club. Once you park near central Wimberley, you can walk around the charming business district visiting wineries, eateries, and unique shops. Your ticket affords you one tasting at each wine venue. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday, April 4.
This event is going into their 5th year at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. Last year’s gathering featured more than 25 Texas winemakers showcasing 100% Texas rosé wines. This has become one of the Hill Country events that vintners favor to get exposure for their products. This year’s conference is scheduled for the weekend of April 21.
At Austin’s world-famous Auditorium Shores, this event has loads of experiences all at one festival. Your purchased ticket includes unlimited tastings of wine and liquor from a wide variety of famous vendors, plus tasting bites from local celebrity chefs. There are also cooking demonstrations, live smoking & grilling, taco competitions, wine pairings, and of course, live music. This festival does not feature Texas winemakers, but it is a signature event for Texas foodies and wine-lovers. This year, the planned weekend is April 26-28.
This one-day event is free and open to the public. Taking over the central business district of New Braunfels, the proceeds from sales made during the day will benefit the New Braunfels Parks Foundation and the Downtown Association. There will be live music, wine pourings, beer tasting, grape stomps, craft markets, food demonstrations, and children’s activities. This year plan on May 4 for this festival.
We’ll fill you in on some of summer’s events as we get closer to spring. Enjoy having fun at this spring’s festivals!