If you’re looking to sip on robust, flavorful wines such as Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel and Tempranillo while taking in the scenic views of the beautiful countryside, you don’t have to cross an ocean — take a trip to Texas Hill Country, where wineries of all shapes and sizes guarantee a boozy good time.
As the second-largest wine region and viticultural area in the U.S.,nature and wine enthusiasts can partake in tastings of aromatic, fruit-forward authentic glasses of Texas vino from wineries spanning an area of 30 to 140 miles north of San Antonio. All offer amazing wine and history-fueled enjoyment like wine trail events, musical performances, vineyard tours, celebrations of new releases, grape stomps, and local gourmet fare that pairs with Texas’ influence of Spanish and Italian wine.
Here are five of the best wineries located amongst historic towns, sprawling hills and rustic farms within driving distance of San Antonio to get excited about.
Augusta Vin Winery & Vineyards
From the breathtaking panoramic views of their lush vineyards to their rich history dating back to the mid-1800s, Augusta Vin Winery is devoted to providing guests an experience of elevated hospitality while they enjoy a chef-inspired food menu to complement the large, diverse portfolio of wines in their two-story tasting room. Open seven days a week with tasting experiences starting at $25 per person.
Find It: 140 Augusta Vin Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Bell Springs Winery
Located along the Texas Wine Trail in the beautiful hills of Dripping Springs, kid and pet friendly Bell Springs Winery is the perfect place to relax and lounge while sipping on small-batch wines paired with local chef-prepared fare all while listening to live music. Open seven days a week with walk-in tasting experiences starting at $20 per person.
Find It: 3700 Bell Springs Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Driftwood Estate Winery
Driftwood Estate Winery and Vineyards is an award-winning veteran owned and family-run winery with a Bistro on site that carries a variety of small plate food options. Perched on a bluff overlooking the vineyard with extensive outdoor seating, guests can enjoy sunset dinners while sipping on tasty flight samples of limited selection wines like Orange wine and Albariño. Open everyday for 21+ only and reservations are strongly recommended for tasting experiences.
Find It: 4001 Elder Hill Rd, Driftwood, TX 78619
Grab a picnic table, a bottle of wine and chef-prepared bites while enjoying the views of the vineyard and rolling hills at Kuhlman Cellars. With a plethora of things for guests to do such as indoor and outdoor tableside flights, wine and food pairings or a day Behind The Scenes, there’s an Estate Experience for everyone. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are strongly encouraged.
Find It: 18421 E US 290, Stonewall, TX 78671
Majek Vineyard & Winery
Well hidden from the main roads and tucked away in the beautiful, scenic rolling hills lies award-winning Majek Vineyard and Winery. Guests can sit back and gaze at the big Texas Sky with views of the historic family vineyard while enjoying a delicious glass (or bottle) of their diverse wine selections paired with . Open Wednesday-Sunday with bespoke events like Painting Parties and small-bites. Walk tasting flights for $15 per person.
Find it: 12508 FM 957, Schulenberg, TX 78956