Visit the Texas Wine Country

Are you looking for somewhere to go on an anniversary, birthday, girls weekend and you can get great wine? I have just the place for you Fredericksburg, TX is the place for you. The historical aspect of Fredericksburg makes it so unique. 

Fredericksburg, Texas, dated its founding in 1846. It is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generation of German settlers who initially refused to learn English. Each year the month of October is Texas Wine Month, a time to celebrate the bountiful harvest and the wines produced by the harvest.  With over 9,000,000 acres, Texas Hill Country is the largest AVA in Texas and the second-largest in the United States. However, Texas win would not be here without the pioneers of the Texas Wine Industry. 

Texas had a small group of wineries before Prohibition began in 1920 and ended in 1933; however, only one Texas winery, Val Verde Winery, survived during those dry years providing a tremendous opportunity for grape growers and winemakers. In the  1970s, Doc McPherson started producing win in the arid West Texas Plains near Lubbock and is said to be “The Father of Modern Texas Wine.” History notes that Texas actually began growing grapevines far before California. Still, it hasn’t been until recent years that more Texans have started taking pride in its diverse growing regions to produce excellent wines that are symbiotic with the soil and climate here. 

In 1977 Paul Bonarrigo planted his firest Vineyard. Paul and his wife Merril established Messina Hof Winery with its first vintage release in 1983. The winery has grown along with its vineyard holdings in the hundreds of acres of grapes. And let me tell you they have some fantastic wines and are still working to create more and more unique wines and sparkling wines. 

Becker Vineyards, who is said to put the Viognier grape on the map in-State, which helped pioneer Texas start as a wine region in 1992. When owners Richard and Bunny Becker first planed the grapes. Since their first vintage in 1995, they’ve been instrumental in making the industry into the respectable wine destination it is today. 

Today Fredericksburg is home to over 100 wineries and vineyards. Has someone who has visited every year for the past ten years. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to try something different than what Californa has to offer.