October is Texas Wine Month, so we want to tell you about just a few of the tasting rooms of Texas wineries you can visit in downtown Fredericksburg. They’re all within a few blocks of your luxury lodging at the Wine Country Cottages and Wine Country Farmhouse, and not too far from the Marketplatz on Main Street. Many feature food, entertainment and special events as well as wine tastings. The last tasting typically starts 15-30 minutes prior to closing time. Please note that hours vary, and they may have special limitations on busy Saturdays. A number of the wines you can sample are award-wining. However, wine lovers’ tastes vary widely, so you may wish to explore the wineries’ individual websites and travelers’ reviews for more detailed information and wines currently available.
The setting of Pontotoc Vineyard’s Weingarten is an authentic weinkeller located in a stone walled courtyard just a two block stroll toward the Marketplatz. It’s a great choice for sharing a picnic including their pastries paired with their wines. Pontotoc Vineyard makes their award-winning wines from hand harvested and hand selected grapes grown in the Texas Hill Country. At least a portion of the grapes in all their wines are grown at Pontotoc Vineyard. They specialize in medium to full bodied red wines which include an Estate Tempranillo, Smoothing Iron Mountain which typically is a blend of Tempranillo with Alicante Bouschet and sometimes Merlot, and San Fernando Academy, a blend that may include a number of varietals including Syrah, Tempranillo, and Alicante Bouschet, and sometimes Merlot, Malbec, and/or Mourvèdre.
Hours: Friday – Saturday: 12 – 8 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5pm
Location: 320 West Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX Phone: 512-658-0023
Andreucci Wines Tasting Room is only about six blocks away, just past the Marketplatz, but when you step inside, you’ll travel all the way to Tuscany. Andreucci wines imports unique wines directly from Italy to the Hill Country. Their rosé wines include Sangiovese Rosé and Lambrusco Emilia IGT. Whites range from Donna Alma Pinot Grigio Delle Dolomiti, Chardonnay Alto Adige DOC, and Grillo Bianco Terre Siciliane IGT. Sparkling wines include a Moscato d’Asti, and a classic Prosecco Extra Dry Treviso DOC. Visitors are offered a free sample of the Prosecco. There are a wide variety of reds, including a number of their special Black Label vintages. Red wines include Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, Primitivo Del Salento Rosso DOC, Merlot Vigneti Delle Dolomiti IGT, Nero d’Avola Rosso Terre Siciliane IGT, and Costavecchia Chianti Riserva DOCG. Their Black Label wines include Regale Rosso Toscana IGT, Cabernet, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Brunello di Montalcino.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 12 – 7 pm; Friday – Saturday 11 am – 8 pm; Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Location: 308 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX Phone: 830-992-3273
Lost Draw Cellars is located a little over a mile away from the Wine Country Cottages. This winery produces award-winning wines from grapes that thrive in the semi-arid climate of the Texas High Plains. They continue to improve the sustainability of the growing and wine making processes. Their white wines include Cheval, Marsanne, a Reserve Roussanne, and two white blends, Noel and Gemutlichkeit. They also offer a Counoise Rosé. Red wines include Malbec, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, and Zinfandel, plus Blend #9 and Texas High Plains Red.
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 12 – 5 pm; Thursday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
Location: 113 East Park Street, Fredericksburg, TX Phone: 830-992-3251
October may be Texas Wine Month, but any month of the year is a perfect time to getaway to Texas wine country. If you’ve enjoyed a stop at one or more of downtown Fredericksburg’s tasting rooms, you may have decided the wine you liked best. If you purchased a bottle, there’s be no more perfect place to enjoy it than by the fireplace or on the patio of the romantic cottage that awaits your return. Why not plan your getaway now?
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