Texas Hill Country Wineries

Wine & Dine at the Oasis

 

 

 

 

History of Hill Country Wineries

The Hill Country may have recently become a hot spot for wine lovers, but the history of Hill Country wineries goes back much further. The first winery in Texas was established by Franciscan priests in 1662. It was actually the first known winery in all of North America.

Throughout the 1800s, as the population expanded so did the vineyards. Immigrants brought in cuttings that prospered in the fertile soil and conducive climate. But grapes also grew naturally along the riverbeds, and some of the varieties are distinct to this area.

Vitis vinifera grapes were among the first planted in the Texas Hill Country region. But getting these old world grapes to yield in Texas proved difficult. It wasn't until the 1970s that the wine industry really took off in the Hill Country. It was then that locals gave in and started cultivating native grape varieties instead.

However, vineyards faced another problem - Pierce's disease. The bacteria thrives in warm weather climates and can devastate grapes. An outbreak of the disease in 1996 was so bad it killed off some grape varieties entirely. Growers weren't able to get Pierce's disease under control until around 2001. Since then, the Hill Country wine industry has enjoyed steady growth. Every year thousands of visitors come to the area to enjoy Texas Hill Country wine tours where they can sip award-winning wine while taking in the scenery of limestone cliffs and rolling green hills.

Today, over 4,000 acres in Texas are dedicated to vineyards and their wineries. There are now eight recognized American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) in the Lone Star State. The Hill Country is among the most highly regarded AVAs and is renowned for grape growing. It's also the second largest AVA in the U.S. As a result, there are dozens vineyards and wineries located in the Hill Country region.

 

Come Sample the Texas Hill Country's Finest Wines

Alamosa Wine Cellars
Bend, Texas
325-628-3313

Armadillo's Leap Winery
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-998-3590

Becker Vineyards
Stonewall, Texas
830-644-2681

Bending Branch Winery
Comfort, Texas
830-995-2948

Bent Oak Winery
Cedar Park, Texas
512-551-1189

Bell Springs Winery
Dripping Springs, Texas
830-483-9463

Chisholm Trail Winery
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-990-2675

Compass Rose Cellars
Hye, Texas & Fredericksburg, Texas
512-965-2878

Driftwood Vineyards
Driftwood, Texas
512-692-6229

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards & Winery
New Braunfels, Texas
830-885-4121

Duchman Family Winery
Driftwood, Texas
512-858-1470

Fall Creek Vinyards
Tow, Texas
325-379-5361

Fiesta Winery
Bend/Lometa, Texas
325-628-3433
Fredericksburg (Main St.), Texas
830-307-3328
Fredericksburg (HWY 290), Texas
830-997-4466

Flat Creek Estate
Marble Falls, Texas
512-267-6310

Fredericksburg Winery
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-990-8747

Four Point Cellers
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-997-7470

Grape Creek Vineyard
Stonewall, Texas
830-644-2710

Hawk's Shadow Winery
Dripping Springs, Texas
866-551-9463

Hye Meadow Winery
Hye, Texas
855-HYE-WINE

Inwood Estates Vineyards
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-997-2304

Kerrville Hills Winery
Kerrville, Texas
830-895-4233

Kuhlman Cellars
Stonewall, Texas
512-920-2675

La Cruz de Comal Wines
Canyon Lake, Texas
830-899-2723

Lewis Wines
Johnson City, Texas
512-987-0660

Lost Draw Cellar
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-992-3251

Lost Maples Winery
Vanderpool, Texas
830-966-5131

McReynolds Winery
Cypress Mill, Texas
830-825-3544

Messina Hof Hill Country Winery
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-990-4653

Old Man Scary Cellars
San Saba, Texas
325-372-6071

Pedernales Cellars
Stonewall, Texas
830-644-2037

Perissos Vineyard and Winery
Burnet, Texas
512-415-7479

Pillar Bluff Vineyards
Lampasas, Texas
512-556-4078

Pontotoc Vineyard
Fredericksburg, Texas
512-658-0023

Rancho Ponte Vineyard
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-990-8555

SantaMaria Cellars
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-998-5357

Singing Water Vineyards
Comfort, Texas
830-995-2246

Sister Creek Vineyards
Sisterdale, Texas
830-324-6704

Solaro Estate Winery
Dripping Springs, Texas

832-660-8642

Spicewood Vineyards
Spicewood, Texas
830-693-5328

Stone House Vineyard
Spicewood, Texas

512-264-3630

Texas Hills Vineyard
Johnson City, Texas
830-868-2321

Texas Legato Winery
Lampasas, Texas
512-556-9600

Torr Na Lochs
Burnet, Texas
512-766-0555

Torre di Pietra Vineyards and Winery
Fredericksburg, Texas
830-644-2829

Wedding Oak Winery
Fredericksburg, Texas: 830-997-2510
San Saba, Texas: 325-372-4050

Westcave Cellars Winery
Round Mountain, Texas
512-.431-1403

William Chris Vineyards
Hye, TX
830-998-7654

Wimberley Valley Winery
Driftwood, Texas
512-847-2592

Woodrose Winery
Stonewall, Texas
830-644-2539

 

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