Sip wine among the wildflowers on the Texas Hill Country Wine and Wildflower Trail on April 5-14. The self-guided trail features 32 wineries. The kick-off tasting at Dry Comal Creek Vineyards begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 5. The vineyard is located at 1741 Herbelin Road in New Braunfels.
New this year to the wine trail, on the first Friday evening of each weekend, local wineries will get together for a group tasting before you take off for your two-day tour of the individual sites.
Your ticket includes one to three complimentary tastes of wine at each winery, a 15 percent discount on three bottle purchases at each winery and one wildflower seed packet. Some wineries will have live music and food trailers. Tickets are $40 for couples and $25 for a single ticket.
Check out the calendar on the Texas Hill Country Wineries website for details of events. The biggest days are Saturday, April 6, with 13 events and Saturday, April 13, with 19 events.
You can sample Hill Country wine throughout the year. Thanks to the area’s unique climate and geography, you can explore the bouquet and flavors of several wineries from Fredericksburg to Johnson City to Bend.
Indeed, the region’s climate and soils have produced some award-winning wines. Just a few years ago, Orbitz.com travel experts ranked the Hill Country wine region as second in the nation behind Napa Valley.
Many of the local wineries have wine clubs you can join. The wineries will keep you informed about special events they offer.
Here’s a list of some of the wineries in the Highland Lakes and beyond:
• Alamosa Wine Cellars, 677 CR 430 in Bend in San Saba County, north of Llano, (325) 628-3313, www.alamosawinecellars.com