Hill Country Sips: Drink Wine Underground at Thirsty Mule Winery
Should you be cruising down Highway 183 near Liberty Hill way, you might notice a sign advertising a thirsty mule. Now, this thirsty mule isn’t an actual donkey that needs a drink. This Thirsty Mule is a winery that caters to those parched of the grape.
Turn down the country lane to Thirsty Mule, and you’ll immediately notice that this winery is a little different. Yes, they have vines welcoming you onto the property, but the tasting room is burrowed four feet into the side of a hill. While the tasting room sits in front of the hillside, the wine cave extends even further into the hill. Inside, the wine bar offers a tasting menu with a nice variety of choices for all tastes. Unless you are part of a large gang, Thirsty Mule welcomes you to drop in whenever you are, well, thirsty. No reservations required. Tastings are $10 for four 1-ounce pours and your welcome to buy a glass of your favorite and stick around to sip on it afterward.
Dan and Becca Marek own Thirsty Mule but got their start with the Mule’s big sister in Georgetown, the aptly named Georgetown Winery. Georgetown Winery made a name for itself as the first winery in Williamson County as well as the most award-winning winery in the county.
Both the Georgetown Winery and Thirsty Mule source grapes from the Texas High Plains and a four-acre vineyard located in Rockdale, Texas, as well as purchasing some from California. Thirsty Mule earned bragging rights at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo wine competition securing two bronze medals, one for their malbec and one for their Winemaker’s Select a red blend of shiraz and cabernet.