Houston oenophiles have great wine tasting nearby. Here are six of some of the best wineries on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail.
Houston oenophiles don’t need to travel far to experience exemplary wines. Enthusiastic vintners capitalize on the dry, sunny climate of Texas to produce many varieties of grapes to make the much-loved drink. Houston-area wine lovers enjoy close proximity to the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, which features many of the state’s best wineries at driving distances that are less than two hours from the city. When hitting the wine trail, enjoy tours and tastings at some of these popular stops, and be sure to agree on a designated driver before starting your trip. Small tastings add up quickly, and a set driver ensures that everyone remains safe on the road.
Cork This! Winery
Cork This! is located in Montgomery, a one-hour drive northwest of Houston. Established in 2009, this boutique winery makes its wines on-premises. For a unique experience that combines beauty with indulgence, try the Botox, Wine & Chocolate event, where you can shop, enjoy wine and chocolate, and receive Botox injections from certified physicians. The winery also offers visitors the opportunity to bottle their own wines and create custom label designs. The venue is closed on Mondays and only hosts private events on Tuesday. Call ahead to confirm visiting hours before planning a trip.
Pleasant Hill Winery
A short 76-mile drive northwest of Houston takes you to the rolling hills of Brenham, the home of Pleasant Hill Winery. Visitors enjoy tasting a variety of red and white wines made from the winery’s own grapes as well as grapes from off-site vineyards in the Fort Davis and Lubbock area. Guest tours of the grounds and wine cellar are available during visitor hours on Saturday and Sunday. Wine aficionados also appreciate the winery’s artifacts, corkscrew collection, and gift shop.
Take a well-deserved pit stop off highway 290 halfway between Houston and Austin to visit Saddlehorn Winery in the town of Burton. From the outside, this 390-acre ranch looks like a typical Texas farm, but the converted horse barn actually houses the winery’s main production area and tasting room. Saddlehorn is open for tastings seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and wood-fired pizza is available every Saturday.
A small mom-and-pop boutique winery in Plantersville, Bernhardt Winery produces about 6,000 gallons of wine per year consisting of classic varietals and unique blends. As soon as you step onto the property, you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Italian countryside, with its rolling hills and Tuscan-style architecture.
Enjoy live entertainment on Sunday evenings during the spring, summer, and fall months, and book an overnight stay in the bed and breakfast above the winery for the most immersive experience. This winery is just over an hour drive northwest of Houston and offers tastings Tuesday through Sunday.
Messina Hof Winery
One of the largest and most renowned wineries in the area, Messina Hof Winery & Resort is in Bryan, approximately 100 miles northwest of Houston. Established in 1977, this winery sits on 100 acres and offers tours and wine tasting seven days a week. The Tasting Room is housed in a converted all-girls school and features a variety of award-winning wines. For the full experience, stay at The Villa, a four-diamond bed and breakfast located on site, and enjoy dinner at The Vintage House Restaurant. You can even take a cooking class during your visit.
Peach Creek Vineyards
Located about an hour and a half from Houston in College Station (home to Texas A&M University), Peach Creek Vineyards offers the Vines to Wines tour on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (weather permitting), and the tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday. To really make the most of the experience, take part in the unique Adopt-a-Vine program, which allows you to “foster” your own grapevine. The winery places a name plaque next to the vine and invites you to pruning and harvesting events throughout the year.
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