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5 Texas Hill Country Wineries to Visit this Spring

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3. Pedernales Cellars

Pedernales

Photo: Courtesy of Pedernales Cellars

Pedernales Cellars – Like most wine-making folks, those at Pedernales Cellars take wine-making seriously, but this sixth generation Texas family takes as much pride in caring for the environment as they do creating fine wine. Settled on 146 wooded acres overlooking the Pedernales River Valley, this winery promotes ecologically sound and environmentally sustainable practices, even housing their barrels in a geothermal cellar.

Their grapes are 100% Texan meaning they’ve only planted those varietals that thrive in the Texas soil and climate. Wines are patterned after those of the Rhone Valley and Spain featuring a Tempranillo and Viognier among others.  2916 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall. Tasting room hours Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

4. William Chris Vineyards

William Chris winery
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William Chris Vineyards – With an inviting motto like “share a piece of our world” Chris Brundrett and William Blackmon consider themselves winegrowers, not winemakers. They believe making truly great wine means walking the vineyards getting to know the grapes and having a hand in the wine-making process from vine to bottle.

Blackmon started growing grapes in the High Plains of Texas in the 1970s. After moving to the Hill Country in the 1990s, he was among the first to plant vines in the area. Chris Brundrett, a young but experienced grape grower in his own right has partnered with Blackmon to create William Chris Vineyards.

The beautifully restored Dieke family farmhouse built in 1905 serves as the winery tasting room. The Old Style wines seem right at home in the century-old structure. Vineyards focus on low impact 100% Texan grown grapes and include varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Mourvedre among others. The heavily treed grounds with patio and covered pavilion sweet talk visitors to sipping a glass while listening to sounds of local musicians. 10352 U.S. Highway 290, Hye. Tasting room hours Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thurs. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.