Texas Wine Lover® – Hill Country Tour April 19 – 25, 2018

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Texas Wine Lovers – I have been asked many times which Hill Country wineries I would recommend people visit. Since I have personally visited over 300 Texas wineries around the state, over many years, that’s to be expected. This experience has allowed me to begin and enrich my personal relationships with many winery owners, winemakers, and their impressive staffs. My answer to them always depends on which part of Texas they are planning to visit, to which, the most common response is the Texas Hill Country, not surprising, given it is the second most visited wine destination in the United States! Then, the rather difficult part of answering their question is limiting the list, based on their wine style preferences, to only a handful of wineries, they are able to include over a weekend visit. There are just so many fantastic and award-winning wineries and tasting rooms in the Texas Hill Country!

In response to this perplexing question, Texas Wine Lover has partnered with the national tour company Private Label Tours to bring you our Hill Country Wine Trail Tour. This tour is an ideal way to experience a more in-depth presentation of Texas Hill Country wineries, with time to leisurely experience winemaking excellence. We have arranged a magnificent seven day tour of the Texas Hill Country, including private winery tastings and tours, social events with local wine authorities, shopping, and dining in some of the best restaurants available. Even with seven days, there still is not enough time, due to logistical limitations, to get to all of the wineries I would recommend, but we have made a great “head-start” for guests to learn how great Texas wines are created and entice them to return to enjoy even more wineries.

In order to get the greatest benefit from the most wineries, we decided to primarily concentrate our attention on U.S 290, often called Wine Road 290, stretching from Johnson City to Fredericksburg, Texas. Naturally, there are some great wineries off of Highway 290, so a few of those wineries have also been included in the tour.

Just to be clear, this is not a common “party bus tour,” of the Fredericksburg area. This tour provides the guest an advanced education of the Texas wine industry, as a whole, and more specifically, of the winemaking processes and Hill Country wines. In addition, guests will meet and engage with local winery owners, and other wine authorities. There may even be a few special surprises thrown in, that the average winery visitor does not get the chance to enjoy.

A guest cannot just drink wine during the entire trip, so some fantastic restaurants have also been included in the tour. Restaurants have been chosen to provide a variety of delicacies for the guests’ enjoyment. We have even arranged an entertaining evening with a cooking class and dinner, with wine included, provided by a nationally recognized gourmet food producer – Fredericksburg’s own, Fischer & Wieser.

With all of the extraordinary and exclusive experiences provided during the tour, and to ensure all guests enjoy an immersive and informative experience, space will need to be to a maximum of 16 guests. To avoid any avoidable disappointment and regrets – Sign up now for the Texas Wine Lover Hill Country Wine Trail Tour!

To achieve our goal of providing a private guided wine tour that also offers an excellent wine education, we had to find someone special to do the job, and we did! Her name is Donna Rene Johnston. Donna Rene is a local Level I Certified Wine Sommelier through the International Wine Guild. She is a winery and tasting room consultant to many wineries throughout the Hill Country, and has worked for and with them, for several years.

Here are the wineries that will be included in the Texas Wine Lover Hill country Trail Tour (last minute changes may be necessary):

  • 4.0 Cellars

  • Becker Vineyards

  • Bending Branch Winery

  • CALAIS Winery

  • Compass Rose Cellars

  • Hye Meadow Winery

  • Inwood Estates

  • Kuhlman Cellars

  • Lewis Wines

  • Lost Draw Cellars

  • Messina Hof Hill Country

  • Newsom Vineyards at Comfort

  • Pontotoc Vineyard

  • Spicewood Vineyards

  • The Austin Winery

  • Wedding Oak Winery at Wildseed Farms

  • William Chris Vineyards

Since the Texas Wine Lover tour falls around the happening of the Texas Wine Revolution, guests will have the enviable opportunity to taste the fantastic Texas rosés from a large list of additional wineries exhibiting at the wine festival.

In addition to the incredible wineries we will visit, these are the restaurants at which guests will have the chance to enjoy a wonderful meal:

  • Bryans on 290

  • Crossroads Saloon

  • Fischer and Wieser’s Private Cooking Class and Dinner

  • Navajo Grill

  • Old German Bakery and Restaurant

  • Private Brunch at a local resident’s home

We will also be dining at a few wineries on our journey, and enjoying their culinary creations with their wine offerings:

*    The Austin Winery

*    Pontotoc Vineyards

*    Compass Rose Cellars (Catering by Hye Market)

*    Inwood Estates Vineyards, Winery & Bistro

We have also included space for “open” meals, where guests may enjoy a restaurant of their choosing, on their own, or with new friends.

Guests will also be learning the history of Fredericksburg, a town settled by primarily German immigrants, with a special, private presentation by a local resident expert, and then a guided tour of the Pioneer Museum. We will then take a mini-coach tour of Fredericksburg lead by another local history expert.

Besides wining, dining, education, and camaraderie – there must be time for shopping! Guests will enjoy many opportunities to visit the many boutique shops of Fredericksburg and Comfort. If enjoying more history is your idea of time well-spent, you may visit the National Museum of the Pacific War during your free time, conveniently located in the heart of the Main St.shopping district.

As you can see, this is a full tour of the Texas Hill Country, including wineries, restaurants, and so much more. Maybe the best part, you get to do all of this without having to worry about driving! A luxury mini-coach will be used during the entire tour, it includes Wi-Fi, overhead storage, and power/USB outlets. Accommodations for all six nights, at the Fredericksburg Inn & Suites, with newly-renovated rooms and lobby areas, and the Holiday Inn Austin Airport, are also included in the tour price.

I could go on and on about the many benefits of signing up to enjoy this Texas Wine Lover tour, but just looking at the full itinerary should prove to anyone interested, that it will be a fantastic and rewarding time! Guests are ensured of tremendous service before and during the tour, and also receive any additional assistance with hotel, or other arrangements, they may require prior to departure, or after the tour.

See the full itinerary for all of the details, then sign up today – Before this Tour is “Sold Out”!

Jeff Cope
Texas Wine Lover

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    All about the Texas Wine Lover® – Hill Country Tour April 19 – 25, 2018.

    Texas Wine Lover® is proud to offer this Hill Country Wine Trail tour to our wonderful audience. After multiple requests from friends and readers as to the best wineries to visit in the Hill Country, the need was obvious for an expert-led excursion of hand-picked wineries which offer fabulous wines and are fine representatives of the Texas Hill Country. While almost all wineries offer a unique selection and great tasting product, we have included as many of these “must visit” wineries as possible in the time available.

    Donna Rene Johnston will be leading this tour of her “backyard”.  Donna Rene is a Level I Certified Wine Sommelier through the International Wine Guild. She is winery and tasting room consultant to many wineries throughout the Hill Country and has worked for and with them for several years.

    *Guests must be at least 21 years of age to join this tour.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    All inclusions are per the listings in the tour itinerary:
    • Accommodations for 6 nights
    • 3 Breakfasts / 1 Brunch / 2 Lunches / 3 Dinners
    • Wine-Expert Tour Leader
    • Winery Tasting Fees
    • Luxury Mini-Coach (Leather, WiFi, Overhead Storage, Power/USB)
    • Attraction Entrance Fees

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Air and land travel to and from the tour
    • “Open” meals
    • Optional activities or activities not specified in the itinerary
    • Passport & visa fees
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips for your guides and drivers
    • Travel insurance
    • Costs or expenses of items not specifically listed in the itinerary
    Holiday Inn - Austin Airport / Fredericksburg Inn & Suites

    The Holiday Inn Austin Airport is a new full-service hotel located near Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Free Shuttle Service is available.

     

    Fredericksburg Inn & Suites, bordering Barons Creek, is newly remodeled and offers a beautiful outside venue.

     

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

    All inclusions are per the listings in the tour itinerary:
    • Accommodations for 6 nights
    • Wine-Expert Tour Leader
    • 3 Breakfasts / 1 Brunch / 2 Lunches / 2 Dinners
    • Winery Tasting Fees
    • Mini-Coach Transportation (Leather, WiFi, Overhead Storage, Power/USB)
    • Attraction Entrance Fees

    • Air and land travel to and from the tour
    • “Open” meals
    • Optional activities or activities not specified in the itinerary
    • Passport & visa fees
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips for your guides and drivers
    • Travel insurance
    • Costs or expenses of items not specifically listed in the itinerary
    Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
    April 19, 2018 - April 25, 2018
    Available
    $2,899
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