8.05.2013

A Hill Country Weekend

I can't believe it is already August; summer has just flown by.  This weekend was laid back and busy.  We planned a trip to Fredericksberg, Texas which is know for their German Food, wineries, and antique shopping.  We try to make it out a few times a year.  It's such an easy drive, and we always enjoy ourselves.

This weekend we decided to stop into the William Chris Vineyard, Pedernales Cellars, and Grape Creek. William Chris and Grape Creek were my favorite in terms of wine and ambiance.  I'll take you on a little tour of the three...

William Chris is located in Hye, Texas and will likely be the first winery you will stop at.  They are a family owner winery and vineyard operations and use 100% Texas grown fruit. I'm a sucker for old farm houses, but I have to admit that it didn't look like much when we walked up.  Then we went in.  The house was built in the early 1900's, and housed a family with 9 boys and 3 girls.  They had enough boys to form their own all American Baseball Team, with the addition of a little boy by the name of Lyndon Johnson... William Chris has updated the inside, and added on a large tasting room to the back with an amazing view of he Hill Country.  Their 5 wine tasting is $10.00, and we were pleasantly impressed the quality.  They also have a great patio with live music, a food truck, and you are able to walk the grounds. 
 This was also our fist time to Pedernales Cellars.  They are family owned and operated, specializing in Spanish and Rhone-style wines.  They are located about 5 miles from William Chris and have a great tasting room and large patio to enjoy a glass with a little live music.  There tasting is $12.00 for 9 tasting and you get to keep your wine glass.  There were a few wines we tasted that were very good, but the tasting itself was a little too overwhelming and went very quickly.  I felt like we would take one slip and then they would pour the next one.  It made it a little hard to actually taste the wines.  The patio was just beautiful though, and one I will remember for a cool Fall or Spring day.
Grape Creek is a favorite of ours.  Their tasting rooms and location are just beautiful, and set the stage for a great tasting experience.  Overall, we enjoy their wine selection the most.  We are mostly red drinkers and they have three great reds and a good price point.  Their 5 wine tasting is $10.00 and you get to keep your class.  This visit we decided to take the Cellar tour, which was $20.00 for wine club members.  This included a tour of their pressing, fermenting, and barreling facilities.  You also were able to do 4 tastings out of the barrels and a private full tasting in their barreling room.  It was very neat to hear how they produce the wines.  I would highly encourage a cellar tour on your next trip! 
I hope y'all had a great weekend soaking up the summertime sun!  Monday has arrived again, completely uninvited.  Praying that everyone has an easy first day back to work!

6 comments:

  1. Going wine tasting and to different wineries is so much fun. I love the pictures. Looks like you had a BLAST.

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  2. Great pictures! :) I love the hill country!

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  3. Hi Ashton!

    I'm linking up through Sami's Shenanigans. Love your blog... now I'm dying to go wine tasting - following on bloglovin'

    Jacky
    Keep Calm and Blog On

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  4. Oooh what a fun weekend! I have never been to winery but I'm going on a trip to California over Labor Day and I'm hoping to make it to a few. Also, a good friend of mine got engaged in Fredericksberg :)

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  5. So so fun! Wine and beautiful scenery! And not bad prices for all of those tastes!

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