Did you know – Texas Hill Country is the second most visited wine region in the US, after California’s Napa Valley! The wine scene in Texas Hill Country has exploded and is the cornerstone of the tourist industry, drawing over 1-million visitors each year. Texas Hill Country boasts 1,000+ acres of verdant vineyards, grand picturesque estates, and over 100 wineries and tasting rooms to sip your way through the rolling hills of Texas.
From vibrant tasting rooms lining the streets of Fredericksburg’s historic Main Street to world-class wineries tucked in the rolling hills along the Texas 290 Wine Trail, each destination offers a unique experience and atmosphere with innovative winemaking styles, an award-winning selection of varietals, amazing food options, and lots of live music!
Whether you’re seeking new adventures and experiences or are a true connoisseur and avid wine collector – here’s our guide to vino, spirits & brews in Fredericksburg and the best ways to sip and swirl your way around the wine capital of Texas Hill Country.
Fredericksburg Winery has been family owned since 1996 and is the original in town winery where our bustling wine scene began. Learn about the history of Hill Country’s wine industry, tour the production facility and enjoy tastings 7 days a week. They have a great motto too – “Conserve Texas Water. Drink Texas Wine”.
The Pontotoc Vineyard Weingarten is one of the oldest buildings in Fredericksburg, a quaint cottage with an authentic weinkeller, stone walled courtyard, and outdoor patio. They offer a small selection of vintage wines, delicious, iced Sangria, and picnic baskets to pair. Their Sangri is chilled and perfect for a hot day. You can have them bottle some up for you to take home and stop in for refills.
A few doors down is Perspective Cellars, an international wine bar in Admiral Nimitz’s historic birth home on Main Street. This charming home is beautifully preserved with bespoke rooms to unwind and sample curated flights of over 60 wines paired with cheese boards, small plates and artisanal chocolate treats.
Becker Vineyards are the largest purchaser of French & American White Oak barrels in Texas with state of the art equipment processing 55 bottles per minute! Served in famous restaurants across the US, and to the President at the White House, you can sample their exclusive selection of wines in an upscale tasting room right here on Fredericksburg Main Street.
The Elk Store Winery & Distillery is a favorite gathering place for locals and tourists with a tasting room and speakeasy-style bar, and a laid back, relaxed vibe. Choose from a selection of over 100 international wines, premium small batch whiskey, gins and moonshine distilled and bottled on site, and a delicious selection of cheese boards, flatbreads and light bites.
It’s not only fine Texas wine in Fredericksburg! Savor a taste of Tuscany with an Italian wine tasting experience at the Andreucci Wine Room. Wine sommeliers take you on a journey with classic tastings of the best vintages and signature varieties from their award-winning Italian vineyards.
Vintners Hideaway is an upscale boutique tasting room in an industrial style automotive shop just a short walk from Main Street, The are home for fine wines from Rustic Spur Vineyards and Rivenbaugh Wines, and offer tastings of some of the premier, hand-crafted wines in Texas Hill Country.
Lincoln Street Wine Market is another Fredericksburg favorite with a casual, yet elegant indoor bar, spacious outdoor patio with cozy chimineas, and regular live music til late! They offer an eclectic variety of wines from around the world, a selection of cigars, and a menu of gourmet delights.
Lost Draw Cellars is a fun, family-friendly wine tasting experience, a few blocks off Main Street. They offer a selection of tasting options of their award-winning wines from vineyards high in the Texas plains with a great outdoor patio area for the kids to play, live music on the weekends, and a relaxed atmosphere.
All that before you’ve even left Fredericksburg Main Street!
Fredericksburg’s Wine Road 290 is a scenic stretch traveling from Fredericksburg through the lush landscapes of Texas Hill Country with unique wine experiences for every traveler! There’s plenty of kid-friendly and pet-friendly wine estates on route, so pack up the car and take a road trip with us to our favorite stops on the 290 Wine Trail in Texas Hill Country.
Texas Heritage is a small vineyard near Yee Haw Ranch on Hwy 290 with a tasting bar and a large outdoor deck with a fireplace and panoramic Hill Country views over the vineyards. The vineyard hosts fun events with Bingo & Vino evenings and live music on weekend afternoons.
Bingham Family Vineyards Tasting Room is located at Yee Haw Ranch, you can’t miss the twin gray barns! The rustic barn exterior gives way to a unique ranch-style tasting room to sample their award-winning 100% Texas estate grown wines paired with a selection of mouthwatering charcuterie boards.
Next stop is Safari Winery for a tasting adventure of unique wines from Chile, Argentina and South Africa. Safari Winery is set in a beautiful stone barn with an impressive tasting room, paved patio and outdoor deck, tranquil views and live weekend music to add to the ambiance.
Barons Creek Vineyards is a Mediterranean Style winery with an elegant tasting room and bar, a covered patio with live weekend music, and tastings and experiences for all wine lovers. Their selection of exclusive wines are sourced from premier vineyards in California, Washington and Spain, and perfectly paired with cheese and charcuterie boards.
Fiesta Winery 290 is located in historic Rocky Hill along the 290 Wine Trail and is equally as fun and colorful as the Fredericksburg tasting room, with live music on Saturday afternoons. Find a seat at the bar, on the outdoor patio or under the shade of the oaks and sample their wide selection of fresh fruit sangrias and superior handcrafted wines.
Alexander Vineyards is a European winery with a selection of old world wines from France, Spain, Italy and Germany and one of the largest selections of sparkling wines and champagnes on the 290 Wine Trail. It’s a must stop for bubbles and outdoor tastings under the towering Live Oaks.
Wildseed Farms is the largest wildflower farm in the US and is a top attraction for visitors to Fredericksburg. In addition to pick your own wildflower fields, walking trails, fun family activities, and live music – the farm has a thriving Hill Country vineyard with an on-site tasting room to sample their small selection of 100% Texas wines.
Formerly 4.0 Winery, the Texas Wine Collective is a collaboration of 3 innovative Texas wineries in one location, a gorgeous modern farm style estate on Wine Trail 290. Reserve a unique tasting experience or blending session, sample award-winning wines in the tasting room, or share a bottle paired with local Texas cheeses and chocolate on the outdoor patio with the laid back vibes of live music.
Messina Hof is one of the first wineries in Texas that has now expanded to four locations, including the Hill Country Tasting Room on the 290 Wine Trail. Messina Hof is the most award-winning winery in Texas Hill Country with a selection of over 50 wines from 100% Texas grown grapes to sample in the tasting room or on the scenic vineyard patio. Visit in fall for grape picking and stomping at the annual Harvest Festival, good fun for the whole family!
Experience “Tuscany in Texas” at Grape Creek Vineyards with a vineyard restaurant, landscaped patios and terraces, old-world estate vineyards, and charming Tuscan inspired tasting rooms serving award-winning 90+ point wines. With three unique wine experiences and tram tours of the working vineyards, production facilities and estate grounds, Grape Creek offers the ultimate wine tasting experience only minutes from Fredericksburg.
Sharing the estate grounds with Grape Creek, Heath Sparkling Wines is a modern, contemporary and architecturally stunning Texas winery producing “Texas Wines Destined to Sparkle”. They are the first winery in Texas dedicated to producing world-class vintage sparkling wines and offer seasonal small bites for pairing.
Signor Vineyards is one of the most beautiful wineries in the Texas Hill Country with sprawling vineyards and country gardens, majestic oaks and olive trees, a farm-house inspired market, and unique tasting experiences. From elevated tastings with advanced sommeliers to outdoor wine tastings in the gardens or picturesque Wine Barn, Signor Vineyards is a winery worth the stop on the 290 Wine Trail.
It’s whimsical, fun, and named after a donkey (nothing else!). Fat Ass Ranch & Winery and the Wine Garage is a fun stop for the whole family with tram rides, car themed wines, outdoor games, food trucks, and live music events. They produce the best sweet fruity wines in Fredericksburg, with delicious wine slushies for hot summer days and a fun atmosphere.
Hilmy Cellars is a scenic artisan winery to add to your must-visit wineries on the 290 Wine Trail. Sample their selection of reds, whites and roses at the tasting bar or settling in for an afternoon of live music on the pergola covered patio with tranquil vineyard views. Live music & food trucks on Saturday afternoons!
You can even pair your wine tasting with fly fishing in Fredericksburg! Arrowhead Creek Vineyard is a little further along the 290 Wine Trail with a beautiful tasting room transformed from the original farmhouse, and a spacious verandah for sipping hand-crafted artisanal wines along the Pedernales River. The vineyard hosts live music on the outdoor pavilion and fun fly-fishing & vino pairing events during the year.
Becker Vineyards is one of the oldest wineries in the Texas Hill Country and one of the largest wineries in Texas, producing over 100,000 cases each year. Recently named the Top Texas Winery at the 2022 Rodeo Uncorked, Becker Vineyards boasts acres of vineyards and lavender fields, a state of the art winery in a reproduction of a late 19th century German stone barn, and elevated wine tasting experiences in the underground wine cellar, tasting room and outdoor patio overlooking the lavender fields. Complimentary tours of the Estate Winery production facility are offered daily.
Pedernales Cellars is an award-winning winery set on 145 acres in the scenic Pedernales River Valley. Take a tour of the wine production and underground barrel cellar, reserve an exclusive tasting experience, or simply relax on the oak shaded deck with stunning views of the rolling hills. They host regular live music & food truck events so bring your picnic blanket for a laid back afternoon and good wine under the oaks.
Narrow Path Winery is a short drive off the 290 Wine Trail on Ranch Road. The sleek, stunning, and state of the art tasting room is nestled in the vineyards with gorgeous views from inside and outdoors on the shaded patio. Sample their selection of small batch wines paired with charcuterie boards, freshly baked breads and small seasonal plates.
Ab Astris Winery is a small, family-owned winery with twelve acres of vineyards next to LBJ National Park. Tastings are offered in the contemporary tasting room, on the outdoor patio, or under the oak trees – all with tranquil views of the vineyards. Ab Astris Winery offers elevated tasting events, live music, and markets on weekends throughout the year.
Hye Meadow is a family-friendly winery on the 290 Wine Trail with a small indoor tasting room, three outdoor decks, a shaded oak grove, and an expansive kid-friendly outdoor area with yard games and pet donkeys to feed. Take a tour of the barrel room and production facility, followed by a premium wine tasting of their wide variety of premium wines and creative blends.
Siboney Cellars is rated one of the top 10 wineries near Austin and is a favorite along the Fredericksburg 290 Wine Trail. The modern hillside winery produced 100% Texas wine “inspired by timeless passion” in a beautiful setting overlooking the terraced estate vineyards. Siboney Cellars has an experience for all wine lovers with tours of the vineyards and wine facility, classic wine tastings in the shade of the heritage oaks, evening twilight and fireside tastings, and perfectly paired picnic wine flights for an intimate wine tasting experience.
Augusta Vin is nestled on a historical homestead just a short drive from Main Street. The modern double volume tasting room offers tasting experiences in the wine bar, private tasting tables, an upper balcony or outdoor tasting bars, all with panoramic vineyard views. Regular live music and close proximity to downtown Fredericksburg, makes August Vin a favorite with locals and visitors to Texas Hill Wine Country.
Kalasi Cellars is one of Fredericksburg’s newest boutique wineries with 16 acres of scenic vineyards and a modern tasting room just 5 minutes from downtown Fredericksburg. Wine tastings are hosted at the large wraparound bar with a selection of wines from their local vineyards and Narra Vineyards in the Texas High Plains.
From world-class Hill Country wineries and breweries to authentic Texas bourbon and artisanal spirits handcrafted from corn to cork in Texas. From milling, mashing, fermenting and distilling to barreling and bottling on site – you’ll discover authentic Texas spirits with an infusion of the aromas and flavors of the Texas Hill Country, artisanal innovation and mixology magic, and a legacy of true Texan spirit and pride.
Whether it’s hand-crafted cocktails shaken or stirred, one-of-a-kind artisanal spirits on the rocks, sweet liqueurs, or old-fashioned moonshine – these Texas Hill Country distilleries near Fredericksburg will quench your thirst for something a little stronger and will certainly leave you in high spirits!
The Fredericksburg Brewing Company is the oldest operating brewpub in Texas, set in a restored historic 1890s era building. Indulge in amazing German food in the dining area overlooking the brewery, sample flights of award winning German lagers and ales in the huge biergarten – or pick up a growler to go if you’re on the move exploring historic Main Street.
Altstadt Brewery is an authentic Bavarian brewery just east of Fredericksburg on Hwy 290. Savor limited release beers and an extensive collection of wines in the tap room, feast on traditional Texan and German inspired fare in the onsite restaurant, relax with fellow beer drinkers in the large outdoor biergarten or enjoy an evening of live music and entertainment in the basement bar. Altstadt Brewery promises a unique brewery experience and world-class tastings coupled with old world charm.
Fredericksburg’s rich German heritage makes it easy to find authentic German cuisine, an ice cold brew and an awesome atmosphere in a bustling biergarten or Hill Country craft brewery near downtown Fredericksburg. Beer lovers visiting Fredericksburg have a choice of two world-class breweries – and book your vacation in advance as Fredericksburg hosts the best Oktoberfest outside of Munich!
“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough”
The Elk Store 1895 is not only a hot spot for international and Texas wine tasting on Main Street! The original Elk Store was established in 1895 in Elk, Texas as a general store by a Czech immigrant, who later mastered his moonshine distilling skills during the Prohibition. Today, his great-grandsons, Todd & Scott, continue the family legacy at Elk Store 1895 Distillery on Fredericksburg Main Street. Sample a selection of premium small batch spirits crafted in an authentic Kentucky copper still, bottled on site, and served in style in the distillery tasting room or speakeasy Spirit & Wine Bar on Main Street.
Fisher & Weiser’s Das Peach Haus, just south of downtown Fredericksburg, has a wonderful new addition – The Dietz Distillery founded in November 2021 by Dietz Fisher. The distillery produces small batches of high quality spirits including the dry London style Five Judges Gin and traditional peach and pear Eau De Vie (fruit brandy), with fruits fresh from the family orchards. Learn the history of distilling and old-world techniques of distilling and sample the innovative creations on the porch overlooking the Das Peach Haus pine forest and peach orchards.
COMING SOON! Luckenbach Road Whiskey Distillery is the latest addition to the distilleries in Texas Hill Country. In 1851, Henry Ochs immigrated to Fredericksburg and established the Buckhorn Saloon on Main Street, one of the most popular watering holes in Fredericksburg until the early 1920s. In 2018, inspired by his Texas Hill Country roots, the third great grandson of Henry Ochs and founder of Frontier Spirits began distilling and bottling Luckenbach Road Whiskey while searching for the perfect location in Texas Hill Country for a distillery. Luckenbach Road Whiskey Distillery opens to the public in 2023 on 28,000 scenic acres just off the 290 Wine Trail with distillery tours and immersive experiences for liquor lovers!
Is speakeasy-style more your vibe? You’ll need a reservation and secret password to sip specialty spirits at Salvation Spirits. Salvation Spirits is set on a 10-acre orchard along the 290 wine route with a distillery barn, outdoor patio, hidden specialty cocktail lab and speakeasy, and great music events throughout the year. The environmentally conscious distillery produces premium craft brandy, gin and vodkas with unique fruit infusions using pears, plums, peaches and blackberries grown in their own orchards. It’s a chilled and relaxed vibe you’ll want to add to your unique experiences in Fredericksburg.
Established in 2005, Garrison Brothers Distillery is the first and oldest legal whiskey distillery in the Lone Star State, as well as one of the largest distilleries in Texas Hill Country. The Texas Whiskey Trail distillery is situated on a large working ranch two miles off the 290 Wine Trail near the historic town of Hye and produces only Bourbon, the best Bourbon in Texas! Take an open-air tractor tour of the ranch, stillhouse and barrel barn (free if you arrive by horse!) followed by bourbon tasting experiences paired with tasty Texas bites at the Whiskey Shack. A must-do for bourbon lovers touring Texas Hill Country.
Hill Country Distillers are situated south of Fredericksburg in the historic town of Comfort. Since 2014, this small family-owned and operated distillery has been crafting specialty distilled spirits with unique distilling, fermentation and infusion processes, and fabulous flavor. From spiked Mexican hot chocolate and authentic Texas Dulces to prickly pear and zesty jalapeno spirits and the signature Sweet Ass mule, their creations showcase the fruits of Texas including peaches, jalapenos and the native Prickly Pear Cactus. Call to schedule a distillery tour or tasting or hang out in the shaded back yard with live music, big screen TV’s to catch the game and a cocktail bar to sample Hill Country Distillers finest!
Iron Goat Distillery was established in 2016 and is already the winner of six industry awards for its 100% Blue Agave spirits, crafted rums and unique wildflower honey liquor. To date, their award-winning spirits have been available only in local bars, restaurants and liquor stores but the Iron Goat Distillery Tasting Room is coming to the all-new Grand Central on Milam Street soon!