Spring Barrel Tasting at Pedernales Cellars – 5/11

A special chance to get a preview of next year’s vintages at this wine trail event.  Book your tickets with www.txwinetrail.com  in order to sip directly from the barrel at Pedernales Cellars.  You will be able to reserve your own exclusive time slot, and to talk one on one about wine and winemaking in the cellar where it happens.  Pedernales Cellars is at 2916 Upper Albert Road in Stonewall.  Call (830) 644-2037 for details.

Pumpkin Chunkin’ at Becker Vineyards – November 8

Those fun folks at Becker Vineyards are dusting off the trebuchet ( a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles – or pumpkins!) in celebration of fall. Live music by Doug Moreland & The Flying Armadillos. Concessions will be available along with wine tasting and pumpkin recipe cooking and sampling.

Noon – launching pumpkins every 30 minutes or so.

Becker Vineyards is 11 miles east on Jenschke Lane off of Hwy 290. Call (830) 644-2681 for more information.

Grape Stomp at Becker Vineyards – This Weekend

Celebrate grape harvest with lots of ‘stomp me, crush me, make me wine’ action at Becker Vineyards’ Grape Stomp this Saturday, August 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 28 from noon until 6:00 p.m. at the winery at Jenschke Lane off Hwy 290 near Stonewall. Pull off your shoes, climb into the barrel, and celebrate the industry’s original method of grape separation. Admission is free, so bring your feet and prepare to get dirty – or, purchase a glass of wine and enjoy watching the fun! More grape-stomping action returns next weekend at the winery, September 3-4. For information, call 830-644-2681 or visit www.beckervineyards.com.

Valentine’s Jazz on the Lawn at Pedernales Cellars – February 14

There is no better way to spend Valentine’s Day than sitting on the Pedernales Cellars‘ deck (2916 Upper Albert Rd.) with the one you love, wine glass in hand, listening to jazz by Phil Grota and his trio.

Please join us on Valentine’s Day for live music from 1 to 5 pm. Admission is free. 830-644-2037.

Fall Texas Wine Trail opens This Weekend

In celebration of October as the official wine month for Texas, twenty-seven wineries from across the Texas Hill Country will join together to bring you the Texas Wine Month Trail; providing a tasting extravaganza that starts this Saturday, October 1. Explore these wineries throughout the month of October while enjoying wine and food pairings, seminars, demonstrations and tours, and ‘check in’ for a chance to win tickets for the 2012 Season. Cost for this trail is $15 (available online only and quantities are limited) – and your tickets are good for all 31 days in October. Tickets include a minimum of one and up to three complimentary tastes of wine (winery’s choice) at each winery, and a 15% discount on 3-bottle purchase at each winery (may exclude reserves, ports and wines already discounted). For more information, including suggested routes for this self-guided tour, visit www.texaswinetrail.com.

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.

Jazz in January at Chisholm Trail – January 18

Join Chisholm Trail Winery will release three new wines – the 2012 Belle Starr Blanc du Bois, the Twilight Ride (dry red blend) and the 2008 Almagres Lenoir (port styled wine).  The Corrina Rachael Quartet will play jazz tunes from 12:30 to 3:30PM.  Plenty of wood-fired pizza available. For more information about any of these events, please call the Winery at (830) 990-2675 or email them at chisholmtrail@beecreek.net.

To visit Chisholm Trail Winery at 2367 Usener Road, follow 290 West from Fredericksburg toward Harper 9 miles from Fredericksburg, turn left onto Usener Road.  Follow Usener Road 2.36 miles to Chisholm Trail Winery.

Wine Road 290 presents Chili & Chillin’ – July 19

Wine Road 290 wine trail, invite you to participate in a Saturday, July 19 EVENT. Each winery will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present Chili & Chilin. We know, it’s hot, but Texans love their chili and the wineries want to emphasize the versatility of wine and food pairings. Come, taste and realize that anytime is a great time for Chili & Chilin.

Some of the top “hill country” restaurants will “team” with a winery and prepare a Chili and serve to you with a wine from the winery, but of course you will have the opportunity to taste other of the fine wines from the winery during your visit.

Take the weekend, get away to the TEXAS HILL COUNTRY and see why we have been rated the second most desired “wine destination” in America.

Each of the 12 wineries will team with a top restaurant in the Texas Hill Country to present Chili & Chilin. No ticket to buy, just drive to each of the wineries and get your serving of a Chili tasting paired with a sample of that winery’s fine wine. ·

Visit www.wineroad290.com for map. Just 40 miles between the west-most winery (Chisholm Trail Winery) and the east-most winery (Texas Hills Vineyard). The other ten wineries are in-between.·
No TICKET required! Most wineries have a small “tasting fee” that is normally charged; there is no additional fee for the EVENT.

Wineries participating (listed from west to east) are: Chisholm Trail Winery, Fredericksburg Winery, Rancho Ponte, Four Point Cellars, Grape Creek Vineyard, Torre di Pietra Vineyards, Becker Vineyards, Hilmy Cellars, Woodrose Winery, Pedernales Cellars, William Chris Vineyards & Texas Hills Vineyard.

 

Harvest Wine Trail – August 12-14

glass of becker wineThe hills are alive with the sound of “salute!”.

August brings about the festivities of harvest at our beautiful Texas Hill Country wineries. The annual self-guided trail takes place the second and third weekend of the month. The participating wineries sprinkled throughout the Hill Country debut exciting new wines providing insight into their winemaker’s visions. Please visit www.texaswinetrail.com for maps and other information.

Chisholm Trail’s 11th Birthday – June 2

Chisholm Trail Winery‘s biggest celebration of the year with bagpipes from noon to 2, birthday cake and pinata at 1pm, cowboy shootouts, saloon girls and live music in the tasting room featuring Thomas Michael Riley from 2 to 5 PM.  Great wines and wood-fired pizza served all day. Chisholm Trail Winery is at 2367 Usener Road, 9 miles west of Fredericksburg on US Highway 290. Call 830-990-2675 for details.