An amalgamation of history, friendly people, and outdoor recreation makes the Texas Hill Country a magnet for visitors, both in- and out-of-state, and over the years, it’s worked in the region’s favor with respect to the unique situation it finds itself in. Being the second largest AVA (American Viticultural Area) in the United States has generated business enough to also make it one of the most visited wine regions in the country. “Wine Road 290” in the Fredericksburg area is a prime example, featuring a procession of more than a dozen wineries within a 45-mile length of the highway. However there are many others, if you know where to look, that might require a little more time and energy, but are valued for their contributions to the region as well. The northern part of the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail, in the vicinity of US 281, and northwest of Fredericksburg, features a number of these entities, attracting wine enthusiasts and tourists to the northern parts of the Hill Country on a regular basis.
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Wonderful Texas Hill Country Wineries Found Off the Beaten Trail
Fall Creek Vineyards
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Fall Creek Vineyards, located in Tow, is one of the Hill Country’s oldest wineries, first establishing in the 1970s, and with tasting rooms in both Tow and Driftwood, it has since become one of the more acclaimed in the state. Focusing on both white and red wines made from sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay grapes, the winery has broadened its horizons to include vintages made from grapes that are grown in warmer climates (i.e. Tempranillo), and with innovative winemaking techniques and a well-appointed tasting room, Fall Creek Vineyards is a stately stop along this portion of the Hill Country wine trail.
Perissos Vineyard and Winery