Wine Road 290 “Vino al Pastor” – June 21

Nine wineries, making up the Texas Wine Road 290 wine trail, in cooperation with the Texas Pork Producers Association invite you to participate in a Saturday event. Each winery will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present VINO AL PASTOR. Vino al Pastor literally means wine & “Shepherd style” meat. Tacos al pastor, is a Mexican dish adoption of a spit-grilled meat, usually pork, served on a taco. Each restaurant will prepare a recipe using pork shoulder meat, usually marinated with a blend of different spices and herbs, and some “summertime” grilling presentation. When you visit the winery during the trail day of the event you will enjoy a wine especially paired with the PORK recipe served using PORK shoulder meat. You will also receive a copy of the recipe enjoyed at the winery.

The wineries along Highway 290 from one mile east of Johnson City to nine miles west of Fredericksburg make up one of the most successful wine travel destinations in the U.S., second only to NAPA. Each of the wineries offer their normal tasting and the PORK pairing taste will not cost any extra.

Wineries participating are Becker Vineyards, Bell Mountain Winery Tasting Room, Chisholm Trail Winery, Fredericksburg Winery, Grape Creek Vineyard, Lost Creek Winery Tasting Room, Texas Hills Vineyard, Torre di Pietra Vineyards, and Woodrose Winery. Wineries recommend that you plan to spend the evening locally (maybe a B&B) and enjoy dinner at one of the restaurants. Some of the participating restaurants are August E’s, Cotton Gin (Cabernet Grill), Navajo Grill, Silver Creek Restaurant & Bier Garten, and Silver K Cafe, with more to be named later.

Come and enjoy the beautiful Texas Hill Country as you tour some of the finest wineries in Texas, tasting some of Texas best wines while enjoying the Hill Country’s finest restaurants’ creations.

Texas Hill Country Wineries “Holiday Wine Trail” – December 5-24

The most coveted wine trail of the year! Vineyards and tasting rooms are cloaked in lights, warmth and holiday fun. Receive a collectible Christmas ornament and enjoy 1 – 3 complimentary tastes per person at each winery and special discounts on wine purchases. This is a self-guided wine trail to all 42 participating wineries. Tickets are limited and must be purchased online. Additional Christmas ornaments will be offered to wine trail participants at a 50% discount.

During regular winery hours for 10 straight days. $60 per couple or $35 per single. Call 512-914-5561 for more information.

Fredericksburg’s Weinstrasse “Holiday Celebration & Shopping Extravaganza” – December 07

Enjoy holiday shopping and great specials while visiting three great wineries! Participating wineries are Inwood Estates, 4.0 Cellars and Mendelbaum Cellars. Ticket includes three wine and food pairings at each of the three wineries, a crystal souvenir bordeaux wine glass and a special take home holiday gift! There will be live entertainment at each winery and complimentary shuttle service will be provided by Inwood Estates. Tickets available online.

Noon to 3 pm. $35 per person. Call (830) 997-2304 for more information.

Becker Vineyards Wine Dinner at Hill Top Cafe – September 7

Fourth bi-annual Becker Vineyards-Hill Top Cafe Wine Dinner. It’s harvest time! Join us for another very special evening of fabulous wines and scrumptious Hill Top cuisine. Once again the focus will be on Mason County grapes and locally sourced produce and meats. Reserve your spot now!

5 pm. Ticket price TBA. Hill Top Cafe is at 10661 N. US Highway 87. Call 830-997-8922 for details.

Pedernales Cellars Tasting Room Birthday Bash

Pedernales Cellars Tasting Room, 2916 Upper Albert Road, will celebrate their 5th birthday with wine, cake and live music. Opening in 2008 with its 2006 vintage on the shelf, Pedernales Cellars Tasting Room has tripled in size and significantly expanded its wine selection. Even as we grow, however, we remain the Texas Hill Country’s premier boutique winery. Call 830-644-2037

Noon to 5 pm.

Wine and Wildflower Trail at Grape Creek Vineyards – 4/1-2 & 8-9

Grape Creek VineyardsSpring is a time of renewal. It’s a time to enjoy and take in nature and it’s fruits…to see the beautiful Wildflowers and the blooming grape vines in the Hill Country of Texas, and to taste the wonderful Texas wines produced from those grapes.

REFRESH & REPLENISH YOUR SPIRIT by enjoying a glass of your favorite Grape Creek wine on our outdoor patios while taking in the beauty of Spring in the “Tuscany In Texas” Hill Country at Grape Creek.

Salut!

They will have wine tastings in both tasting rooms, Cellar and Barrel Tasting Tours, fare from their Italian Picnic Market, Wine Club pick-ups, and Live Music on the patios. April 2nd and 3rd will feature Callie Smith and April 9th and 10th features Lonnie Lett.

For the Texas Hill Country Wineries trail ticket holders, visit Grape Creek for a mouthwatering treat of summer sausage with their private label jalapeno mustard wonderfully paired with their Cabernet Trois and Cabernet Blanc. Trail ticket holders will also receive a 15% discount on all 3 bottle purchases.

Grape Creek Vineyards is at 10587 Highway 290 East.