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The Heart of Texas Wine Country
Visit historic Fredericksburg and find yourself at the heart of Texas Wine Country, where 50 wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms draw wine enthusiasts as well as visitors who have long been enchanted by the rich German heritage, restaurants, shopping and legendary agreeable weather.
The Texas Hill Country, the second largest certified Viticultural Area in America, is just an hour from Austin and San Antonio and an easy four-hour drive from Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston.
Texas Wine Country is also one of the nation’s most visited wine regions as Texas has become the fifth largest wine-producing state in the country. Wine enthusiasts have an opportunity to try Texas’ best varietals from Bordeaux blends to Mediterranean varietals like Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Viognier and Roussanne.
Fredericksburg, long a renowned shopping and vacation destination, was settled by German immigrants in the 1840s and retains the rich heritage in its architecture, cuisine and friendly people. Known for its charm and welcoming atmosphere, Fredericksburg offers a myriad of accommodations, ranging from a private Pullman car to a gingerbread home with a welcoming veranda. There are nearly 1,500 vacation rentals, B&Bs, guesthouses and inns in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, so travelers are sure to find the location and amenities they are looking for.
With spectacular offerings throughout the year, the area showcases the outdoors at its best: blankets of wildflowers through May, grape harvests in August and September, the area’s famed Oktoberfest and year-ʹround rolling hills and scenic vistas under Texas-sized night skies.
The Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau can help you find award-winning shopping, places to stay and as many as 20 wine tour companies that offer tours and shuttles. Plan your escape to the Texas Hill Country today. Get free information here.