Fredericksburg: Wine Road 290

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Compiled By Katie Canales

WINEMessina purple grapesHighway 290 cruises through the heart of the Texas Hill Country. A winding road with rolling hills of field and sky on either side, it is the corridor where Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 links an association of Texas wineries on either side of Fredericksburg. Beginning at Chisholm Trail Winery east of Fredericksburg and finishing at Texas Hills Vineyard in Johnson City, Wine Road 290 spans 45 miles offering stops at 15 member wineries for the perfect weekend road trip. The member wineries sponsor shared events, including pairings by local restaurants. Cheers to the road trip!

Chisholm Trail Winery
2367 Usener Rd., Fredericksburg
The first winery on the trail started producing wine for the public in 1999 and has a 15,000-gallon capacity of wine tank space. With expansion plans in the works, Chisholm Trail offers a variety of wines, including their 2014 Ghost Rider Sweet Red Wine and their 2013 Captured – Dry Rose, which won silver and bronze medals in the 2015 Lone Star International. Captured contains tastes of apple, pear, and persimmon with a hint of nutmeg.

Fredericksburg Winery
247 West Main Street, Fredericksburg
Deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country lies a winery named one of the top three producers in Texas by USA Today. Operated by the Switzer Family, Fredericksburg Winery produces its wine in a 10,600-square-foot facility on Main Street. So far, it has bought production grapes exclusively from Texas vineyards. Wines offered include a 1996 Der Keller, a Texas White Wine, and a 2009 Rain Lilly, also a white wine.

Lost Draw Cellars
113 E Park St., Fredricksburg
Operated by Andy Timmons and his team, Lost Draw Cellars opened in 2014, eight years after the establishment of Lost Draw Vineyards. The tasting room is located a few blocks off Main Street in Fredericksburg. Lost Draw Cellars wine selections include a 2012 Tempranillo, a Texas red with notes of leather, cherry, and vanilla, and a 2014 Arroyo Rose.

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315 Ranch Road 1376, Fredericksburg
Rancho Ponte’s owners moved to Texas from California and established the 20-acre winery five miles east of Fredericksburg. Among the wine selections include a 2014 Dolcetto, with hints of dried plums and white pepper, and a 2014 Montepulciano.

Fiesta Winery
18727 W FM 580, Lometa
Fiesta Winery operates along the Colorado River on a ranch that has been in the family for six generations. For 2016, the winery has planted five acres of Viognier, Montepulciano, and Marsanne grapes.

4.0 Cellars
10354 E. US Highway 290, Fredericksburg
The Four Point O Cellars is a Fredericksburg winery born from the collaboration of three different Texas winemakers: Brennan Vineyards; Lost Oak Winery; and McPherson Cellars. It opened in 2012 and offers signature tastings such as The Texas Wine Experience and the Texas Cheese & Wine Experience.

Grape Creek Vineyards
10587 East US Highway 290, Fredericksburg
This Fredericksburg winery incorporates Tuscan elements into their wine experience, adorning its tasting room with rustic vibes and a tile roof. The vineyard features Stout’s at Grape Creek Vineyards Trattoria, a restaurant offering casual Italian cuisine paired with Grape Creek wine. Wine choices include a 2012 Cabernet/Syrah and a 2013 Merlot.

Torre di Pietra
10915 E US Hwy 290
Torre di Pietra’s wine production tradition can be traced back to the late 1800s. Torre di Pietra’s wines include a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, with notes of plum and oak, and a Parada, a Texas red wine.

Becker Vineyards
464 Becker Farms Rd, Stonewall
Becker Vineyards is a 20-year-old award-winning winery known for their lavender plants. With 4,000 lavender sprouts waving in the Becker fields, guests can choose from a wide variety of wines to enjoy, like a Res Viognier 2014, a Gold Medal White Wine with flavors of apricot, vanilla and clove.

Hilmy Cellars
12346 E US Hwy 290, Fredericksburg
Operated by Erik and Neldie Hilmy, Hilmy Cellars planted its first vineyard 2009. Following the vineyard’s planting came the construction of the winery and tasting rooms. Current wine selections include a 2013 “a.k.a.” Sauvignon Blanc and a 2013 “a.k.a.” Robin, a fruity dry red.

Woodrose Winery
662 Woodrose Lane, Stonewall
Located 14 miles east of Fredericksburg, Woodrose Winery was purchased by Mike Guilette in 2005 and is quickly expanding. The winery’s wide variety of wines include a 2010 Sea Breeze, a sweet wine blend of Ruby Cabernet and Muscat, and a 2014 Rose of Mourvedre, a rose with hints of watermelon and strawberry.

Pedernales Cellars
2916 Upper Albert Rd., Stonewall
This family owned and operated winery specializes in Spanish and Rhone style wines. Overlooking the Perdernales River valley, the winery’s wines include a 2014 Pedernales Dry Rose, a spring and summer wine, and a 2014 Viognier Reserve.

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10352 US Hwy 290, Hye
The tasting room of this winery is located in a 100-year-old farmhouse, which is the starting point of a walking tour of the property accented with oak trees. The winery’s selections include a 2015 Cinsault Rose, with notes of red berries and cream, and a 2014 Mandola Field Blend.

Hye Meadow Winery
10257 W US Hwy 290, Hye
This winery spans 62 acres off Highway 290 and offers a space to drink wine and enjoy the Texas Hill Country scenery. Hye Meadow’s wine choices include a 2015 Sundown, which is noted to taste similarly to cotton candy, and a 2014 Roussanne, a white wine with hints of lemon, grilled pineapple, and honey.

Texas Hills Vineyard
878 RR 2766, Johnson City
Operated by Gary and Kathy Gilstrap and son, Texas Hills Vineyard grows seven different types of grapes, including merlot and Orange Moscato. From the Sangiovese grapes grown comes the 2012 Rosato di Sangiovese, a dry, fruity rose wine with tastes of raspberry, strawberry, and cherry.

Coming in July:
Cheers to the Road Trip continues with the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail and more!