Could it be that 2020 is already nearing the end? Where did the time go? Many people thought the year would move at a snail’s pace, but that hasn’t been the case. Before you visit any of these wineries, check out their website and Facebook page for updates and current requirements.
Driftwood Estate Winery and Vineyard
Drive 15 miles northwest from Kyle and you’ll find yourself in Driftwood, Texas. This is where Driftwood Estate Winery and Vineyard (4001 Elder Hill Rd., Driftwood, TX 78619) calls home. The property sits on a bluff with spectacular views.
They have a bistro restaurant that’s open daily. Please visit the website for safety protocols and guidelines. The Driftwood Estate Winery Facebook page also has all the information you need to know before you go.
Duchman Family Winery
Also, in Driftwood is Duchman Family Winery (13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, TX 78619) where its wines are 100 percent made in Texas. Founded in 2004, Drs. Lisa and Stan Duchman set out on a quest to bring world-class winemaking to the Texas Hill Country. Even HGTV took notice and listed the winery in their list of 20 Beautiful Wineries Across the Nation. The article recommends trying their 2010 Vermentino.
They found their inspiration in the unique Italian grape variety of Texas weather patterns that are similar to Italy. The majority of their fruit comes from the Texas High Plains AVA with its cooler temperatures and continental climate. For the upcoming events, follow the Duchman Family Winery Facebook page.
Wimberley Valley Winery
Founded in 1983 in Wimberley, Wimberley Valley Winery is a short trip from Kyle. They’ve been producing a wide selection of central Texas wine to please all palates. Be sure to make a reservation to attend a wine tasting. A chef is on board and they promise you’re in for a treat. To learn about upcoming events, visit the Wimberley Valley Winery Facebook page.
Bella Vista Ranch
You’ll find the Bella Vista Ranch (3101 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley, TX 78676) just 20 miles from Kyle. Although the tasting room is closed, you can still visit by appointment to pick up products.
It’s worth mentioning this winery as it’s also the home of the First Texas Olive Oil Co. With 1,200 olive trees on the property, they produce 100 percent Texas olive oil. They promise their olive oil tastes nothing like the one you get from the grocery store.
Becker Vineyards (464 Becker Farms Rd., Fredericksburg, TX 78624) is a little further away in Fredericksburg, Texas, which is about 60 miles from Kyle. However, the vineyard is on this list because it also appears on HGTV’s 20 Beautiful Wineries Across the Nation. HGTV recommends the 2009 Canada Res Cab calling it a simple Cabernet Sauvignon with a lively concentration of fruit and herbal notes.
The Becker story is an interesting one that began with a search for a log cabin to renovate. They found one in 1990 on 46 acres of land. Since then, Richard and Bunny Becker have expanded to more than 300 acres. They have two locations in Fredericksburg.
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