The Texas Wine Trolley Tour You’ll Absolutely Love
The 290 Wine Shuttle in Fredericksburg takes you to some of the best wineries on the highway where you can participate in tastings, meet the winemakers, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures by sipping your vino with breathtaking views of the Texas Hill Country.
The shuttles pick up and drop off at each winery every 15 minutes, so you can visit as many as you'd like and return to the city at any time.
1. Mendelbaum Cellars
First up is Mendelbaum Cellars, a rustic winery offering tastings of fine Israeli wines as well as wines harvested from the Texas High Plains and Texas Panhandle.
2. Inwood Estates Winery and Bistro
Dan Gatlin of Inwood Estates has been making his own wine from the best Texas grapes for over 37 years. Plus, the grounds are absolutely breathtaking.
3. Grape Creek Vineyards
Sitting on over 100 acres of hilly, lush Fredericksburg land, Grape Creek is not only a vineyard - it's an estate and romantic Tuscan villa with tasting rooms and a restaurant. It's won over 200 medals for its immaculate wines in the last two years alone!
4. Torre di Pietra
The couple behind Torre di Pietra is as passionate as can be about their craft, and it definitely shows. They produce wine from ten different varieties of Texas grapes and use old family harvesting traditions from as early as the 1800s. The vineyard is beautiful and live music is often offered on the patios outside to accompany your view in the best way possible.
5. Becker Vineyards
6. Fat Ass Ranch and Winery
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All jokes regarding the name aside, this ranch produces some of the finest handcrafted wines in Texas. You can choose to do a tasting and then buy a glass or bottle of your favorite to enjoy while you relax in the spacious indoor or outdoor areas. And every purchase comes with a complimentary glass, so you'll never forget your experience!
7. 4.0 Cellars
One word best describes 4.0 cellars: perfection, hence their name. Three separate wineries combined to form it, and their unison only served to enhance each of their strong points for an unbeatable selection.
8. Messina Hof Winery and Resort
For over 40 years, Messina Hof has been providing winemaking excellence to Texas. It has three locations in Fredericksburg, Bryan, and Grapevine, all offering tours and tastings. The first two are estates with bed and breakfasts while the latter is an urban wine bar in Downtown Grapevine.
9. Fiesta Winery
The ranch at Fiesta Vineyard has been in the family for six generations, so you'll feel the homey vibes as soon as you arrive. The view is stunning and serves as the perfect accompaniment to a bottle of fine Texas wine.
10. Wedding Oak Winery
At Wedding Oak, the owners believe that wine is about slowing down long enough to enjoy life's simple pleasures - and that's exactly what they invite you to do. The relaxing ambiance and exquisite wine create the perfect atmosphere for peace and tranquility.
11. Six Shooter Cellars
Not only does Six Shooter cellars offer wine tastings; they also serve mead and host "meet the winemaker" events where you can come face-to-face with the person behind the magic. You don't want to pass this one up, y'all.
12. Armadillo's Leap Winery
Armadillo's Leap uses non-traditional blends to create their unique offerings, but that doesn't mean their wine is any less amazing. You'll have to taste it for yourself, but I promise you won't be disappointed.
13. Barons Creek Vineyards
Finally, Barons Creek is a royal-esque vineyard and estate offering villas for overnight guests as well as wine tastings, spacious patios to sip in silence and relaxation, and even a wine club. You'll feel like a queen or king during your time here, that's for sure.
The shuttle picks up at 302 E Austin St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 on Saturdays from 10am-6pm and Sundays from 11am-5pm. More information on pricing and additional details can be found on their website.
Have you ever ridden on the 290 Wine Shuttle? Are there any other wine tours in Texas that you’d recommend?
Via Katie Lawrence with Only in Texas