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What is the Napa of Texas Really Like? Road Trip to Fredericksburg


Ready for wine country y’all? A few weeks ago we took a road trip to Fredericksburg in the heart of the Texas Hill Country – aka the ‘wine region’ of the Lone Star State. Before you get your grape-stomping boots packed for a fall or spring excursion to Fredericksburg, I have a few tips on where to stay, what to wear (as it’s still summer temps here in Texas), and exactly how to find the elusive wines made from 100% Texas grapes.

I left the actual wine sipping to my husband and younger brother who was along for the trip, while Mina and I (8 months pregnant) took in the sights, sounds, German heritage, and horse gazing in the lush landscape of Texas Hill Country…


The Scene – Fredericksburg’s German heritage can be seen all over town on restaurants, shops and fruit stands. Although the city is on the smaller side (population 11,000), the area is booming and real estate isn’t cheap. Many Hill Country homes are easily in the 500K range to over 1 mil for a ranch. I definitely got the vibe this is the Napa and Sonoma of Texas.


Waiting for a table at the famous Old German Bakery in downtown Fredericksburg…


Fredericksburg: Like a Texas-style downtown Healdsburg or Napa. The downtown was authentic, adorable, and so welcoming lined with art galleries, vintage candy stores, tasting rooms, antique shops, fashion boutiques and restaurants. We could all see why it’s a tourist destination here. Tasting fees at most wineries were in the $15-$20 range, unlike our last wine tasting adventure in N. California’s Mendocino County where most were free!


Breakfast at the famous ‘Old German Bakery’ – Mmm! The wait was only about 20 minutes and breakfast was tasty. The German pancakes – 5 Stars! Unfortunately, the pretzels in the baked section tasted store-bought and nothing similar to German pretzels I lived on during visits to Bavaria. Overall, this is a must-see breakfast spot in Fredericksburg.

Finally, Time for Wine Tasting – Well, not me – I was the driver. We pulled into Alexander Vineyards off Highway 290. Our first observation: where are the vineyards? Then we noticed the sign to the right saying, ‘Our Tasting Room Might Suck, but Our Wines Sure Don’t.’ As we made our way past a small trailer to a little converted house (the Alexanders Vineyards tasting room), we learned most of their wine was actually imported from France.


Where can you find Texas Wine? The friendly staff at Alexander Vineyards gave us the 411. Because the area is booming with new tasting rooms and wineries popping up all over Hill Country, many new vineyards are too young and so they have to import grapes from other regions. For Texas wines, they suggested…

If you want 100% Texas Wines: We were told to check out 1851 Vineyards on Hwy. 165, Messina Hoff, Pontotoc Vineyards (tasting room in downtown Fredericksburg), and Lost Draw Cellars.

Next stop – Barons Creek! Just down Hwy 290, we stopped into Barons Creek – a nearly brand new winery. It was gorgeous with a huge event space and outdoor seating, plus the villas behind me can be rented for under $200 a night. I would definitely stay here next time we visit. The wine was mainly from Spain and N. California including Philo, as winemaker Russel Smith lived in Napa for decades and now divides his time between wineries in Barcelona, Spain and Texas Hill Country.


Sisterdale – After a couple more stops in Fredericksburg, we were on the road to San Antonio (about a 1 hour drive) from Fredericksburg. We noticed Sister Creek Vineyards in a tiny town called Sisterdale that looked so inviting – but Mina was in nap mode so we’ll add it to our list next time we visit.


<DETAILS by Dale> dress – Old Navy / hat – Marimekko by Target / sandals – Valentino (last seen here) / handbag – Ferragamo

Hope you have a great weekend. PS. if If you’re local in DFW and want to do some wine tasting or enjoy some German food this weekend, there are two major events going on. Oktoberfest in Addison and the largest wine festival in the Southwest (Grapefest) in Grapevine, TX this weekend. Cheers!

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  1. Dale, you look beautiful! What a great dress! I’m loving your exploration of Texas. So many great places!

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