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Hill Country Wine Tour

Texas Hills Vineyard
Hawk's Shadow Winery
McReynolds Winery
Westcave Cellars Winery
Bill Springs Winery
Solaro Estate
Driftwood Estate Winery
Wimberley Valley Winery
Duchman Family Winery
Becker Vineyard

5 hour tour
For up to 14 people

You choose the wineries and brewery's of your choice.
Our tours are tailored to your choice of destinations. We will do all the booking for you at sites. If you love it and want to stay longer you can or if you're not having fun and want to leave let's go. We can also add hours to your tour.
Ask for prices when booking.

7 hour tours include Dinner at Salt Lick BBQ BYOB (Driftwood, Texas) or County Line BBQ (2222 or 2244 location). Single Meat plates with all the sides. This price is for 4 people. Additional persons will be additional charges for meal. (Alcohol not included)


 

 

TEXAS NATIVE PRIVATE TOURS
(512) 587-8239

Becker Vineyard
(830) 644-2681
Stonewall, Texas

The Beckers began searching for a log cabin to renovate in order to create a hill country getaway from their home in San Antonio. The couple have traveled extensively abroad and have always been passionate about experiencing culinary and wine delights. The Beckers enjoyed frequenting the few local wineries as well. The cabin was discovered in 1990 and along with it, 46 acres of raw land, fallow fields of deep sand, and Precambrian granitic soils 1500 feet above sea level. The site was rich with native Mustang grapes, a time honored and essential component of the local German Heritage. Both Richard and Bunny were successful gardeners in their own right, and the dream of a commercial vineyard and “maybe” a 1500-case winery began to take shape. In 1992 the first plantings were lovingly placed in the ground by friends and family, including the Becker’s two sons, Will and Joe. The first harvest in 1995, laid the foundation for what is now just over a 100,000-case per year winery. Becker Vineyards' wine has been served in the stateliest of settings, including the White House and the renowned James Beard House. Becker Farms, Inc. employs 50 people and farms 46 acres of estate fruit and lavender along with the famous Stonewall peach orchards. As you make your way down Becker Farms Road, you will take in fields of native wildflowers, peach orchards, and seasonal hay production.

Welcome! You may be discovering what five million annual visitors already know: The Texas Hill Country Wineries are remarkable and pleasurable! With 52 unique and visually stunning wineries scattered throughout the Hill Country, from Austin to Fredericksburg and Lampasas to New Braunfels, there’s someplace new to explore around every bend. Each place has its own character, terroir and style of wine-making, yet all share a commitment to quality and an enthusiastic passion for what they do. We invite newcomers and old friends alike to an award-winning wine experience only Texas can offer.

Texas has a long history of wine production. The sunny and dry climate of the major wine making regions in the state have drawn comparison to Portuguese wines. Some of the earliest recorded Texas wines were produced by Spanish missionaries in the 1650s near El Paso. The state is home to over 36 members of the Vitis grape vine family with fifteen being native to the state, more than any other region on earth. As of 2006, the state had over 3,200 acres (1,300 ha) planted with Vitis vinifera. Despite being the largest of conterminous states, this relatively small amount of planted land is dwarfed by the production of even the smallest French AOCs like Sancerre. The Texan wine industry is continuing its steady pace of expansion and has gained a reputation as an established wine growing region in the United States.


 

Texas is one of the oldest wine growing states in the US, with vines planted here more than a hundred years before they were planted in California or Virginia.  In the 1650s, Franciscan priests planted Mission vines in West Texas, near modern-day El Paso. The vines were a necessity in the production of sacramental wine used in the Eucharist. The horticulturist Thomas Munson used Texas vines to create hundreds of hybrid grapes and conducted significant research in finding root stock immune to the Phylloxera epidemic, which saved the French wine industry from total ruin. The advent of Prohibition in the United States virtually eliminated Texas' wine industry, which didn't experience a revival until the 1970s, beginning with the founding of Llano Estacado and Pheasant Ridge wineries in the Texas High Plains appellation near Lubbock and the La Buena Vida winery in Springtown. The Texas wine industry still feels the effects of Prohibition today with a quarter of Texas' 254 counties still having dry laws on the books.

Texas is divided into three main wine growing regions with a vast range of diversity and microclimates that allows many different types of grapevines to grow in the state. The North-Central Region spans the northern third of the state from the border of New Mexico across the Texas Panhandle and towards Dallas. This includes the Texas High Plains AVA which has the highest concentration of grape growers in the state. The eastern third of the state makes up the South-Eastern Region which encompasses the area southeast of Austin & San Antonio, and including Houston. In recent years this area's wine industry has been hard hit by Pierce's Disease. The high humidity around the northern end of this area makes it difficult to grow vinifera grapes, while vines in the Muscadine family flourish. Roughly in the center is the Texas Hill Country AVA where vinifera is grown. At the far southwest end of this region, along the Mexico–United States border is the state's oldest winery, Val Verde, which has been in operation for over a century, making sweet fortified wines. The central-western third of the state is known as the Trans-Pecos Regions which produces about 40 percent of the state's grape in the highest altitude vineyards of the area. More than two thirds of all the wine produced in Texas comes from this area.

The calcareous soil in the Texas High Plains is characterized as red sandy loam (tiera roja) over caliche (limestone) with moderate low fertility, a terroir similar to that found in Coonawarra in Australia. The vines are exposed to long days of sunshine and cool nights due to an elevation of over 3500 feet. Cold temperatures during the winter gives the vines opportunity to shut down and go dormant before the growing season. The Ogallala Aquifer provides water resources for irrigation and serves as a tempering effects on the high summer temperatures and extreme winter hazards such as freezing temperatures and hail. The effects of constant wind over the flat terrain serves as a buffer against viticultural diseases such as oidium and powdery mildew.

Harvest time in Texas is normally around the end of July, two months earlier than in California and three months earlier than most of the wine regions in France.

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