Fredericksburg Wine Tasting: A Romantic Afternoon

A gem of Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg lies in the heart of central Texas' wine industry. When in Fredericksburg, things to do for lovers on a weekend getaway must include checking out the charming shops on Main street, dining in restaurants with the ambiance of old world romance, staying at a lovely Fredericksburg Inn and, of course, tasting wines produced by their vineyards. If you are looking for a romantic afternoon of wine tasting, make it a point to visit these following wineries and tasting rooms.

Bell Mountain Vineyards
256 E. Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
(830) 997-9750
www.bellmountaintasting.com

From your Fredericksburg Bed and Breakfast, take a walk downtown to Bell Mountain Vineyards' wine tasting patio, which exclusively samples wines produced in their vineyards. They also have a store that carries a broad variety of wine accessories and gifts. Their wines include the sought-after Vina Rita label, sampled frozen from their margarita machine; the Obehoff label in raspberry, peach and other naturally infused products; and of course, their flagship Bell Mountain wines - from Rieslings to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Grape Creek Vineyards
10587 East US Highway 290
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
(830) 644-2710
www.grapecreek.com

Grape Creek Vineyards' Italian Villa tasting room offers its guests a "Tuscany in Texas" experience in Fredericksburg. Things to do in the tasting room won't be confined in a cramped space, as they offer more than 40 feet of tasting bar. This provides guests a spacious yet intimate venue for the wine tasting event. With $10, which can be refunded with any 3 bottle wine purchase, you get to sample 6 wines of your choice and receive a Grape Creek wine glass worth $6. They likewise have a shop with gourmet chocolates and an Italian Picnic Market with flatbread, cheeses, olives and other delectables that go well with wine.

Torre di Pietra Vineyards
10915 East US Highway 290
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
(830) 644-2829
www.texashillcountrywine.com

Torre di Pietra Vineyards' winery, located 10 miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290, offers daily wine tastings. For $5, you can taste 5 wines of your choice. Their wine selection ranges from sweeter wines like Rosa Flamenco, a blend of White Zinfandel and Chenin Blanc ($18.95 per bottle) to premium like Claret, a proprietary blend of Bordeaux ($27.95 per bottle) to ultra premium like Petite Syrah with its finish of mature tannins and many dark fruit flavors ($39.95 per bottle). In their winery in Fredericksburg, things to do are not limited to wine tasting. You can also shop for unique gifts and food items to go with your wine like cheeses and wine infused chocolates, lounge in their piazza and listen to live music on special days, all in a romantic setting.

Rancho Ponte Vineyard
315 Ranch Road 1376
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
(830) 990-8555
www.ranchoponte.com

Situated a mere 5 miles east of Fredericksburg, Rancho Ponte Vineyard is a family owned winery that continues the tradition of winemaking that started in Italy in 1895. Their wine selection includes "Brilliance" Pinot Grigio, "Sundance" Chardonnay, "Radiance" Riesling, "Bella" Rose, "Rancher's Reserve" Tempranillo, "Renegade" Zinfandel and their signature "Triple M Blend" - all sold exclusively at their winery. Their tasting room is nestled in 20 acres of picturesque landscape where you'll receive a free logo glass when you taste their wines.