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5 Texas Hill Country Wineries to Visit this Spring

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5. 4.0 Cellars

4.0Cellars

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4.0 Cellars – A stop 4.0 Cellars means the opportunity to enjoy wines from three different wineries all under one roof. The name honors each winemaker’s philosophy to strive for 4.0 perfection in every bottle coupled with exemplary customer service. The trio noted below makes up 4.0 Cellars.

Pat and Trellise Brennan used to grow grapes for Becker Vineyards before venturing out on their own wine-making journey. Now using their grapes including Viognier, Syrah and Cabernet varietals as well as those from west Texas, Brennan Cellars is bottling their own brand of award-winning “grapey goodness”.

McPherson Cellars is no newbie to the wine game either. In 1976, Dr. Clinton “Doc” McPherson, then a chemistry professor at Texas Tech University, partnered with fellow horticulture professor Bob Reed to create the first post-prohibition winery in Texas –  the well-known Llano Estacado. Today McPherson’s son Kim styles McPherson Cellar wines after those of the Rhone Valley and Mediterranean wineries of Europe focusing on grapes that grow best in west Texas.

In the early 196os, Gene Estes of Lost Oak Winery began his wine-making career with a bang, literally, when he blew up his first attempt showering the family garage in grape juice. Many years of study and practice later, Estes and his team at Lost Oak are known for award-winning Merlot among other wines.

4.0 Cellars offers a variety of wine tasting menus for all types of wine lovers. In addition, guests may also sample San Saba olive oil, Dublin, Texas cheeses and handmade chocolates. 10354 East U.S. Highway 290, Fredericksburg. Tasting room hours Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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