Learn About the Best Texas Hill Country Wineries To Visit

Editor’s Note: This Texas Hill Country winery itinerary is part of our Travel Resource series. Exclusive content aimed at exposing unique destinations and how to best navigate them. Today, we’re taking a close look at the Best Texas Hill Country wineries and what makes this region so special. Easily accessible just outside of Austin, the quality of wine here is on par with more well-known regions producing the same kind of varietals around the world.

Why It’s Worth Visiting Texas Hill Country for Wine Tasting

Best Texas Hill Country Wineries | Wine Road 290, Fredericksburg, Texas | Pedernales Cellars View

From finely-tuned Tempranillo, crisp Viognier to beautiful Rhone-style red blends, Texas Hill Country Wineries are not only situated around beautiful scenery, but the wines they’re producing are only beginning to gain worldwide recognition. That’s because the majority of Texas Hill Country vineyards only sell their wines within Texas – otherwise, the Texas wine bug would have gone viral long ago.


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That’s why I’m aiming to expose this juice. Texas Hill Country was largely overlooked until the past few years. (It wasn’t until the early 1990s that much of anything was produced here).

But did you know that now the Texas Hill Country AVA is the second largest AVA in the U.S.? At over 9,000,000 acres, and with a climate and terroir not unlike Rioja, Spain or Southern Rhone, France, skilled Vintners are discovering the potential to produce world-class wine within the soil of this unique location.

Best Texas Hill Country Wineries to Visit along Wine Road 290 in Fredericksburg | Texas Hill Country Wine Region Near Austin

Navigating Texas Hill Country on Wine Road 290

Today we’re going to take a look at a stretch of road that leads through the picturesque region of Fredericksburg, Texas. That stretch of road is aptly named Wine Road 290. The whole area is unique in that many of the vineyards and wineries are a part of the Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 Association. Thus, what benefits one winery typically benefits another, as many are located right next to each other. This makes for a day trip to the region incredibly convenient.

Pro Tip: Looking to travel to Texas Hill Country for wine tasting? Take a look at the best flight deals into Austin for your travel dates. If you don’t feel like driving to and from Austin, there are several great hotels to stay at in Fredericksburg not far from most of the wineries. We also recommend booking a private guided boutique winery tour so you don’t need to worry about driving while also having a more immersive experience. 

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Below, we’ll highlight four of our favorite Texas Hill Country Wineries. From East to West, a perfect itinerary of wineries to visit that any wine enthusiast or group can enjoy without breaking the bank. We’ll start in Stonewall.

Best Texas Hill Country Wineries

Only about one hour and 30 minutes Northwest from downtown Austin, Wine Road 290 in Fredericksburg can be easily accessed by hopping on Mopac (TX-1), and then merging onto US 290 – West.

How many wineries should I visit?

That depends on the tolerance of your group.  Things to keep in consideration:

  • If you’re drinking and driving – don’t overdo it
  • Begin your day in the late morning on a full stomach — by 11 AM most wineries are open
  • Plan your Texas Hill Country wine tour for a weekday — fewer crowds

Hill Country Winery Guide | Wine Road 290 | Fredericksburg, Texas1. Pedernales Cellars – First Stop

Did you know Texas Hill Country is an up-and-coming Viognier growing area? Elevated, sunny, windswept, limestone hillsides provide ideal growing conditions for stubborn grapes like Viognier. Some Vintners here have really begun to fine-tune their craft and produce refreshing white wines. While the whites are great, my favorite red in all of Hill Country came from Pedernales.

Pedernales Cellars makes for a great first stop for a wine tour in Fredericksburg because it will leave an impression on you. This is an award-winning winery, with a beautiful patio that offers 360-degree views of the surrounding hill country. You’ll often encounter live music at the winery, adding a bit of an Austin-esque feel to this remote and flavor-prone property.

Don’t be shy to roam around the estate! Grapes are sourced from multiple vineyards within the region, and as I mentioned above, their GSM red blend is my favorite red wine thus far in all of Texas Hill Country. Tastings do not need to be scheduled in advance.

  • *COVID-19 Update: Pedernales is currently open for wine tastings. Call ahead to confirm reservations and social distancing measures.
  • Tasting Size: 5 or 6 pours depending on the year
  • Tasting Fee: $15 (Reserve room $25)
  • Perks: Free souvenir wine glass with tasting and fee waived with case purchase
  • Contact: 2916 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall, Texas – Learn more about how to visit Pedernales Cellars here.

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2. Becker Vineyards – Second Stop

Becker is a bit more mainstream (now producing around 1.3 million bottles annually) and has a few other… attractions associated with the property. If you time your visit in either May or June, there’s a good shot you’ll get to see a sweeping lavender field not far from the tasting room. They also have extensive fields of wildflowers if you time your visit right.

The beginning of summer is also peak season so it can get somewhat crowded. Try to plan your visit during the week. Check out a virtual tour of the Becker tasting room and property. On-site tours typically run every 30 minutes on weekends.

If you’re looking to stay in wine country a little bit longer, Becker has a Bed & Breakfast adjacent to the property for around $125 per night.

  • *COVID-19 Update: Becker Vineyards is open at very limited capacity. Call ahead to confirm reservations and social distancing measures.
  • Tasting Size: 6 pours
  • Tasting Fee: $12
  • Perks: Take-home big basined wine glass
  • Contact: 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, Texas – Visit Becker Vineyards Here and See More Reviews.

3. Sister Creek Vineyards – Third StopBest Texas Hill Country Wineries along Wine Road 290 in Fredericksburg Texas | Sister Creek Winery

This homey, cute and welcoming location is actually a winery that was converted from a cotton gin. Sister Creek in Texas Hill Country is best known for its friendly staff, great tasting wines and unique atmosphere. 

Plus, they’re not overpriced. You’ll be satisfied with your tasting experience, and definitely ask about getting a winery tour — they’re free.

This award-winning winery offers two kinds of tastings at two low prices, and their wine styles focus on European blends. Plus, they’re open most days of the year.

  • *COVID-19 Update: Sister Creek’s tasting room is closed/curbside sales are being offered and will open tasting room as soon as they are allowed to do so.
  • Tasting Size: 4 wines or 8 wines
  • Tasting Fee: $9.45 or $12.45
  • Perks: Free souvenir wine glass
  • Contact: 1142 Sisterdale Hwy, Sisterdale, Texas  78006

Awesome Hill Country Wineries along Wine Road 290 in Fredericksburg, Texas | Texas Hill Country Wine Itinerary4. Grape Creek Vineyards – Fourth Stop

Grape Creek Winery is an Italian-styled winery located on a beautiful property. If you’re following along with this itinerary, this will likely be your last stop for the day.

Be confident in your decision – Grape Creek Vineyards has snatched up over 100 medals over the years with their wines. Done up in a Tuscan-themed architectural style, the buildings on the property are primarily made of stone with classic red roofs. Prices vary depending on when you visit. Weekday tastings are $12, while Saturdays and holidays are $15.

Try the 2012 Bellissimo and the 2013 Cabernet & Syrah blend.

  • *COVID-19 Update: Grape Creek is currently open for wine tastings. Call ahead to confirm reservations and social distancing measures.
  • Tasting Size: 6 pours
  • Tasting Fee: $12 Weekdays, $15 Saturday’s / Holiday’s
  • Perks: Free souvenir wine glass
  • Contact: 10587 E. Highway 290, Fredericksburg, Texas – Learn more about how to visit Grape Creek Vineyards and see more reviews.

5. William Chris Vineyards – 5th Stop

True innovators in the Texas wine industry, William “Bill” Blackmon and Chris Brundrett created William Chris Vineyards in 2008. Since that time, it’s exploded in popularity. Not just within Texas Hill Country, but around the United States as well. Chris and Bill focus on minimal impact viticulture that creates high impact wine. Their property offers a gorgeous tasting room and relaxing outdoor setting, with live music on Sunday. Chris Brundrett was just recognized as one Wine Enthusiast’s “Producers That are Redefining American Wine”

  • *COVID-19 Update: William Chris is currently open for wine tastings. Call ahead to confirm reservations and social distancing measures.
  • Tasting Size: 4-6 pours
  • Tasting Fee: $20 – $50 Depending on Tasting
  • Perks: Free souvenir wine glass
  • Contact: Learn all about William Chris Vineyards here. Discover Tasting Information, Reservation Details, Reviews and Hours of Operation.

Best Texas Hill Country Wineries, Driftwood, Texas | Duchman Family Winery

Duchman Family Winery – Add Either a First or Last Stop

Depending on where you leave from in Austin, if you have a little extra time or would rather split your Hill Country wine experience between both Fredericksburg and Driftwood (about 30 minutes Southeast of Fredericksburg), head on downtown Duchman Family Winery to enjoy their beautiful stone tasting room and very friendly staff. The Duchman property is beautiful, but this winery also has an Italian restaurant conveniently located next to the tasting room.

The majority of wine produced at Duchman is Italian and the tastings are by far the most affordable in the area. Try the Aglianico, our favorite on the menu!

  • *COVID-19 Update: Duchman appears to only be open for bottle and food consumption currently. Call ahead to confirm reservations and social distancing measures.
  • Tasting Size: 6 generous pours
  • Tasting Fee: $15
  • Perks: Self-guided walk and sip tour of the facility
  • Contact: 13308 Ranch to Market Rd 150, Driftwood, TX 78619, – Visit the Duchman Family Winery Page to see Reviews, Tasting Information, Reservation Details and Hours of Operation.

New Wineries and Vineyards are Coming!

Texas Hill Country is rapidly expanding with new winemakers popping up every year. Have you visited Texas wine country before? Let the Winetraveler community know about your favorite vines below.

Texas Hill Country Map along Wine Road 290 courtesy Texas Wine Trail.

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Comments ( 3 )

  1. Arguably, you left the BEST Texas Winery off this list. I sorta see why – you limited yourself to the touristy 290 region – and I guess for purposes of this article, I guess that’s understandable.
    But the BEST Texas Winery is just north of 290 off Park Road 4 outside of Burnet – Perissos Vineyard and Winery has by far the best wines in Texas. They are like most Texas wineries, you have to go there to get the wine!!! {PS: You can blame THAT on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission!!}.


Greig Santos-Buch is a Co-Founder at Winetraveler, WSET II Merit wine thought-provoker and off-the-beaten-path outdoorsman. Greig first became involved with wine traveling after a month-long solo trip to Spain about 10 years ago, planning the trip almost exclusively around the gastronomic scene of the country. Ever since that particular trip abroad, he developed a passion for traveling and making wine tourism the core driver behind where he ends up. This has since led him to exciting exotic and domestic destinations reaching as far as the Czech Republic, to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, California, Washington State, Canada and beyond. His primary aim through Winetraveler is to expose this style of travel to the world and through new technology, make it accessible to everyone.

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