This is a hidden gem of a place. From the road it doesn’t look like much but the view from the rooms is amazing. Pristine river access and manicured landscape make this place a little slice of heaven. Crystal clear water and free use of canoes is another reason why we will be back to this gorgeous place. We celebrated our anniversary here and were pleasantly surprised with all this place had to offer.
Activities in Texas Hill Country
There’s no shortage of Texas Hill Country wineries nearby and wine enthusiasts are pleased with the selection of varietals and vintages produced in our region.
From fresh, crisp white wines to bold red wines and everything in-between, Texas is home to a thriving wine production community and well worth a visit to at least one during your stay.
Some of the more popular wineries within an hour of us include:
Kerrville Hills Winery
Just over 30 minutes from us is Kerrville Hills Winery where you can tour the winery, enjoy samples in the tasting room, or even catch live music and some food with an on-site event on the first and third Saturday of each month. The 30-minute winery tour is four dollars and is offered at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tasting fees start at eight dollars for four samples, $12 for six, or you can purchase wines by the glass.
Grape Creek Vineyards
Located in Fredericksburg, Grape Creek Vineyards is a fun Tuscan-style winery that also offers tours of its vineyard. In the tasting room, sample six wines of your choice for $12 on weekdays and $15 on Saturdays. The taste and tour package is only $30 and includes a tram ride through the vineyards and a walk-through in the production complex. Complement the Italian theme of the winery by having lunch or a snack at the Trattoria, their outdoor patio café. The winery is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The winery is on the Highway 290 wine trail.
Bending Branch Winery
Bending Branch Winery, near Comfort, TX produces 16 varietals on 20 acres of vines. Tours are available by appointment and you can do either the basic tour for $25 or the extended for $40. Tasting room hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There is a second tasting room in historic downtown Comfort with extended hours Thursday through Saturday.
More than an hour’s drive:
Becker Vineyards is one of the older wineries in the Hill Country, the third largest winery in Texas, and located right along the wine trail on Highway 290. The winery is open seven days a week except for major holidays and tours are available as long as there’s enough staff on hand. Please call us ahead of time at 830-644-2681, in order to confirm. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The tasting fee is $15 for six pours and includes a souvenir glass.
With the idea of applying the greenest approach possible to wine production in their forefront— Hilmy Cellars utilizes its natural resources of a working farm. On the property, you’ll see dogs, cats, guinea and pea fowl, chickens, goats, and sheep. All of which plays a critical role in the balanced, finished product. Tasting fees are $12 with wines ranging from a chenin blanc to zinfandel and touriga nacional blend. The tasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are required for groups of six or more.
Lewis Wines, near Johnson City on Highway 290, specializes in Spanish and Portuguese wines and focuses on sustainable farming of their vineyard. Tastings are offered seven days a week by appointment, cost $15 and can be refunded with the purchase of two bottles. Make a reservation in advance for your tasting in their tasting pavilion by calling 512.987.0660.
Pedernales Cellars is known for their tempranillo and viognier and is operated by a sixth generation Texas family. Just 15 minutes from Fredericksburg off of the 290 Wine Trail, the winery is open daily with the exception of major holidays. You can visit the tasting room from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Sample their award-winning wines for $15 and take home a souvenir tasting glass. The winery also offers private tours by appointment.
Torre di Pietra
Torre di Pietra is a family-owned and operated winery near Fredericksburg on Highway 290. Open daily (excluding holidays), this winery offers complimentary 30-minute tours on Saturday at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Taste six samples and take home a souvenir glass for just $15! The winery is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Woodrose Winery, on Highway 290, is 13 miles east of Fredericksburg and produces whites, reds, rosés, and ports. The tasting fee is $10.Add another two dollars for a souvenir glass. The tasting room has a relaxed vibe and invites you to sit down and relax at a table instead of the traditional standing at the bar approach. You’ll be presented with menus to make your tasting choices. Visit the winery from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday or from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Texas Hill Country wine tours
It’s important to have a designated driver for a safe tour of our nearby wineries but if everyone in your party wishes to partake in the wine tasting, try one of these local tour companies to provide safe transportation between each winery visit.
Cellar Rat Wine Tours gives you a say in where you want to go and how many stops you want to make along the way. Simply pick the number of wineries you want to visit, select which ones from the list of places they visit, and book your tour. Cellar Rat Wine Tours makes the reservations at the wineries for you and the price includes tasting fees, lunch, and taxes. Prices are based per person on the number of stops you book. The tour guides have experience in the wine industry themselves from working in grape growing to winemaking!
Another option is to make the drive to Fredericksburg and take the 290 Wine Shuttle. The hop-on, hop-off tour picks up every 15 minutes and only costs $24.99 for an all-day pass, no reservations required. Visit the 13 wineries along Highway 290 East including:
- Grape Creek Vineyards
- Torre Di Pietra
- Becker Vineyards
- Fat Ranch Winery
- Four Point Cellars
- Inwood Estates
- Mendelbaum Cellars
- Messina Hof
- Six Shooter Cellars
- Fiesta Winery
- The Vintage Cellar
- Armadillo’s Leap Winery
- Barons Creek Vineyards
You may also arrange private tours, ranging from two to six people, for $59 per hour for tours from Sunday to Friday. Or parties up to 14 can book a private tour seven days a week for $395.
The shuttle service starts every Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m., Sunday starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. The shuttle picks up passengers across the street from the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.
Plan a wine tour to add some spirit to your Texas Hill Country getaway at River Inn Resort!