– Our Day on the 290 Wine Trail –
FIRST let me just say that I typed up this entire post and then it somehow got deleted in the browser! SO. FRUSTRATING. I could use a glass of wine right now to drop my blood pressure! Haha…
Okay so, remember this wine tour I had planned for Mother’s Day? We finally got to go last Friday! And it was AMAZING.
I honestly can’t wait to do it again! I’d love to go on a Saturday for the live music and enjoy the ambiance at my one or two favorite vineyards (GRAPE CREEK or BECKER) the next time we go but vineyard hopping was also so much fun (plus we only hit 4/13 official 290 Wine Trail Vineyards so we might have to do that again sometime). Also a huge thanks to my brother for being our DD!
Stop 1: Grape Creek Vineyards
- Oldest and largest vineyard on the 290 Wine Trail! They know what they’re doing. It’s SUPER cute and Tuscan feeling.
- Only vineyard with a cafe – with super yummy food too!
- Favorite Wines of what we tried: Cab/Syrah, Bellissimo, Mosaic, & Rendezvous
Stop 2: Torre di Pietra
- Third oldest vineyard on the 290 Wine Trail
- Best wine by far was their Port.
- Dimly lit tasting room and stark contrast to our first stop though they also try to embrace the “Romance of Tuscany.”
Stop 3: Becker Vineyards & Lavender Farm
- Tied for my favorite with Grape Creek (actually it might be my favorite because I LOVE all their wines)
- Favorite wines: ALL of them. Their reds are amazing and although I’m mostly a red fan myself, I’m willing to bet their whites are just as good!
- They are the only vineyard or one of the few on the 290 Wine Trail that sells their wine at HEB. SCORE! Trust me, you’ll want to pick one up!
- 2nd oldest vineyard on the 290 Wine Trail and SUPER SUPER CUTE.
Stop 4: Fat Ass Ranch & Winery
- Not on the official 290 Wine Trail – at this point we did a little detour. Hilmy Cellars was supposed to be our 4th stop but we wanted to see Frito the Donkey.
- There is a donkey named Frito that lives on the property and he’s super cute! He seems a little lonely though, so go and say hi!
- While we were there we shared a tasting and enjoyed their Peach Wine the most!
Stop 5: Four Point Cellars
- Three different winemakers joined together to form 4.0 Cellars: Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, and McPherson Cellars
- Try their Cheese & Wine Pairings for $20/person
After 4.0 Cellars we decided it was time for a little break! At this point our route on the 290 Wine Trail didn’t make sense anymore but that was okay, we were having fun! We drove into Fredericksburg and enjoyed a little bit of Main Street!
Our Stops on Main Street:
- Rustlin Robs – One of my FAVORITE places to stop in Fredericksburg because you literally get to taste and sample EVERYTHING in the store: jams, jellies, sauces, salsas, hot sauces and gourmet foods. We love to try everything and then make our way to the hot sauces, find the hottest one and force someone in the group to try it! Haha…it’s always a great time.
- Clear River Pecan Co. – For ice cream & cookies!
- Dogologie – for some treats for the pups at home!
Stop 6: Fiesta Winery
- Their sweet wines are best! I was surprised because I don’t normally enjoy sweet wines as much but Fiesta’s sweet reds and whites were definitely their winners.
Stop 7: House Wine
- They just sort of have a collection of wines from everywhere here! We stopped in because a family friend is a part owner of the place.
Official 290 Wine Trail
- Chisholm Trail
- Fredericksburg Winery
- Rancho Ponte
- Grape Creek Vineyards
- Four Point Cellars
- Torre di Pietra
- Becker Vineyards
- Hilmy Cellars
- Woodrose Winery
- Pedernales Cellars
- William Chris Vineyards
- Hye Meadow Winery
- Texas Hills Vineyards
Check out my post with Texas Winos & discover another way to experience the 290 Wine Trail!
Hope you all are having an amazing Wednesday! Start planning for your Wine Trail weekend now 😉