Hill Country Sips: 3 Wineries Worthy of a Visit in Stonewall
Three wineries in Stonewall thrive with Texas roots that run deep – roots so deep that they are considered Texas winemaking pioneers. Read on to discover how these early Hill Country wine purveyors continue to make names for themselves today.
1. Becker Vineyards
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Richard and Bunny Becker scratched an itch they had to find a cabin getaway close to their San Antonio home. In 1990, they found such a place in Stonewall. Marrying their passion for gardening and fine wine, the Beckers decided to plant some grapes. In 1995, they plucked the first grapes from their estate vines.
Now, more than 20 years later, their weekend getaway spot churns out more than 100,000 cases of wine per year. And with several different styles and blends of wine to choose from, no matter how many times you visit, you’ll always discover something new to like. Becker makes the perfect starting place to dip your toes into the Hill Country wine scene.
For a white wine, try the Becker Reserve Roussanne, a gold medal winner at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition and a silver medal winner at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo Wine Competition.
For a red vintage, taste the 2014 Becker Reserve Malbec – winner of a silver medal in the Houston Rodeo wine competition or the 2013 Texas Cabernet Sauvignon which brought home a gold from the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Road, Stonewall, (830) 644-2681; Hours: Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
2. Pedernales Cellars
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The Kuhlken family planted the first vines at Pedernales Cellars in the early 1990s. Larry and Jeanine founded the winery and passed their passion for growing grapes and making wine down to their children, David and Julie.