With the Texas Hill Country as our backyard, we sure do have it so good in San Antonio! I love this time of year as the Hill Country takes on new life with wildflowers blooming along roadsides and trails. And after our rainy winter, this spring promises to be spectacular.
But it’s not just wildflowers that make the Hill Country, and Texas Wine Country, so special. There are hundreds of thriving vineyards, complete with stunning views, colorful wildflowers and relaxing scenery. Three of Texas’ wine trails each host wildflower events every spring to celebrate the annual roadside blooms. If you haven’t visited our wonderful wineries, you owe it to yourself to check it out this year. Here are three good reasons to make the pilgrimage:
Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail
As we all know, the bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas. And the beautiful blooms are abundant along this trail, which is northwest of Houston – between I-45 and Highway 290. Visitors can make their way to seven wineries along the trail, April 3-4 and April 17-18. The cost is $25 per person, or $45 per couple. Each winery will offer two wine pairings and two specially crafted cheese dishes prepared with Texas cheeses from local artisans. Yum!
Texas Hill Country Wineries
Award-winning wines go hand-in-hand with wildflowers on this picturesque trail. Participants on this tour, April 9-11 and April 16-18, will receive complimentary tastings and cheese pairings at each of the trail’s wineries. The cost is $35 per person or $60 per couple. Visitors will also receive wildflower seed packets and a 15% discount on three-bottle purchases. Make sure you stop by Becker Vineyards just outside Fredericksburg. Dr. Richard Becker and his wife Bunny offer up some of that unmistakable Texas hospitality. Don’t miss it!
Way Out Wineries
This one may be a longer drive, but it might just make a fun adventure! This trail is north of the Hill Country – from Lampasas, to Brownwood and back over to Granbury, just south of Fort Worth. Visitors will experience eight wineries where they will dine on pasta and wine pairings. The cost for this one is $20 per person, April 30-May 2.
Visitors to wineries on these trails can pick up the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Texas Winery Passport, which offers rewards like wine accessories, gourmet winery dinners and group wine tastings. All you have to do is visit four or more wineries. For more information on this neat program, go to their website. Or you can call (866) 489-9463.