The Absolute Best Wineries In Fredericksburg, Texas To Get Your Sip On

The Absolute Best Wineries In Fredericksburg, Texas To Get Your Sip On

You had me at Merlot!

Texas Hill Country - The Next Napa Valley?

Fredericksburg, Texas is home to a countless amount of wineries, seriously there is no shortage! It is the second most visited wine trail in the entire United States. So just for fun I decided to highlight some of my absolute favorites to visit and my favorite glasses/bottles to take home with me!

In no particular order:

Grape Creek Winery

One of my favorites, the vineyard is gorgeous! The winery and vineyard has a beautiful and romantic Italian Villa tasting room, where you can experience the feel of the “Tuscany in Texas”. My personal favorite from this winery was the Bellissimo, which is a “beautiful” Super Tuscan style red wine, with a captivating blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Lost Draw Cellars

I just recently visited this winery and I loved it! The tasting room resides in the heart of Fredericksburg where the Ottmers' family business was originally established. The Lost Draw team continues to strive to produce the highest quality wine that Texas has to offer, and is excited to invite you to enjoy a taste of Lost Draw Cellars. My favorite glass of wine here was the German Gemütlichkeit, which is difficult to explain (and pronounce). It is a phrase describing a situation that is cozy and induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, and a sense of belonging. It's a blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier, and Roussanne. Let's face it, we could all use a little more Gemütlichkeit!

Fat Ass Ranch and Winery

As if the name alone isn't a good enough reason to go and visit this winery, the environment and wines are also worth experiencing! The story behind the name of this winery is hilarious and it is very well known for its sweeter wines. While I, myself am strictly a red wine drinker, I cannot deny that these sweet wines are one of a kind!! My personal favorites are the Sangria Blanca and their Texas Red.

Messina Hof Winery

I love Messina Hof! I am currently a student at Texas A&M University and I enjoy having one of these in my backyard, but their Hill Country location is beautiful! In 2011 Messina Hof Hill Country Winery opened its doors in Fredericksburg, the second largest wine tourism destination in the country. My personal favorite wines here are the Bonfire Blush (which is seasonal and an Aggie influenced label) and their Tempranillo, which is a red wine blend!

William Chris Vineyards

This vineyard, located in Hye, TX; is one of the furthest from the actual town of Fredericksburg but it is SO worth the drive! Hands down one of my favorites, Aggie owned and operated, and the scenery and vineyard is gorgeous!!! My favorite glass I had from here was their Mandola Estate, which from what I have seen on their website, is no longer sold. I have one bottle left and am definetly saving it for a special occasion! Everyone should check this place out!

4.0 Cellars

This place is home to a couple of different wineries.. It hosts as a tasting room for Brennan Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery and McPherson Cellars. My personal favorite here was the Red 2015 Austin Street by Brennan Vineyards! I enjoyed this place, they had great food, wine, and an awesome scene with a live band and another open bar where you could easily get another glass of wine while enjoying the music and outdoors.

Becker Vineyards

The story behind this little winery is one of my favorites! It was started by a couple who shared a love for wine, the hill country and their German heritage. This winery is breathtaking and the wines are all amazing! You have to try their Chevaux Noir, which is a a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, sorry y'all I know I keep recommending red blends but seriously, even people who don't like dry reds will enjoy a glass or two of this!

Fiesta Winery

Fiesta Vineyard and Winery is nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country along the Colorado River. The ranch that it's located on has been in their family for six generations!! How cool is that?! You will never forget the experience you have at this winery, it's adorable! Try a glass of their Back Porch Sittin' which is a Semi Sweet Cabernet. Or for you white wine lovers, try their Happy Trails, which is a Sweet Chardonnay!

Dry Comal Creek Vineyards

Now I must admit, I have not personally been to this vineyard but I know people who have been and they adored it! I've purchased a couple of their bottles from stores they're sold in and have fallen in love and can't wait to personally visit!! Their Comal Red XIV, which is a semi sweet red wine is delicious and their Black Spanish, is to die for!!! (it's considered a dark red lenoir).

Just a little reminder that I wrote this article for fun, I am in no way affiliated with any of these wineries! I am just a wine enthusiast and wanted to share with y'all some of my favorite wineries in Texas and which of their wines were my personal favorites!

I hope that anytime you have the chance, you can make it out to at least one of these wineries because I promise you, you will NOT be disappointed! There are also countless others that I plan on making it to that I did not list in this article and y'all should also!

Cover Image Credit: William Chris Winery

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Living With Celiac Disease

Kids would put food in my face and tease me about it, they'd tell me that my symptoms weren't real and that I was just faking it for attention; I even had adults tell me this too.


At the age of eight, I experienced horrible stomach pain, weakness, and illness. I was doubled over, and I didn't know why I'd felt so horrible. It wasn't the kind of pain you feel when you have the flu, or when you have cramps. It was a different kind of pain, but I knew it wasn't good. My parents didn't know what was wrong with me either. The only thing my dad had suspected was that perhaps I was intolerant to gluten.

For those who don't know, gluten is found in many food items that primarily contain grains or are often high in carbs. This isn't to say that all foods with carbs or grains have gluten, but they oftentimes do. Gluten is a protein within wheat that is the primary ingredient in cake, pizza, and bread. It is even sometimes in food that you would never suspect, like Twizzlers. It's also synonymous with ingredients like monosodium glutamate, malt, barley…etc.

I tell you that to tell you this:
At eight years old, I was told I had celiac disease. Which just means that my body is unable to digest and break down gluten, preventing me from absorbing vital nutrients.

My dad found out later in his life that he was gluten intolerant after many years of breakouts and complications. He had ascertained the idea that maybe I had also carried this gene and that was why I was in so much pain. Each time we digest gluten, our body attacks our small intestine, killing off what is called villi. My body was in so much pain because I was eating gluten.

After taking gluten products completely out of my diet, I felt 100% better. I was no longer in intense pain, I no longer had rashes, and all other symptoms went away. From then on, I had to watch what I ate, as if I was on a life-long diet.

As you can imagine, this was a ton of responsibility for me as an eight-year-old because I now had to constantly check every label there ever was, make sure that the food I was eating at school didn't have any sort of gluten in it, and I was also now a novelty at school. Kids would put food in my face and tease me about it, they'd tell me that my symptoms weren't real and that I was just faking it for attention. I even had adults tell me this too. They thought I was being hypersensitive.

I had to remember everywhere I went that I had to avoid eating gluten. Do you know how hard that is? It's in so many things. When I was young, not many people knew what celiac disease was. There weren't any gluten-free alternatives out there, so I was eating lots of rice, beans, and salad. I had a very limited food palette. I could no longer have the amazing foods I enjoyed like pizza, garlic rolls, cake, or even ravioli. Although it seems odd, ravioli and spaghetti-o's were my favorite then and I was no longer able to have them. It crushed me.

Having celiac disease was hard as a child because when I went to birthday parties, I couldn't eat most of the food they provided. I couldn't enjoy birthday cake or the pizza that most people ordered. I always had to bring my own food and explain why every time. It seems silly, but I often felt left out. Not being 'normal' because of my allergy made me feel like an outcast. You'd think you wouldn't feel like that, but it generated a lot of those negative feelings because I was a burden to feed due to my allergy.

Fast forward 13 years later, I still have to be careful of what I eat. Celiac disease is something I'll never get rid of. It's a part of my DNA, and there's a good chance my kids will also carry the gene and deal with the same issues.

I don't usually tell people I have celiac disease because I can sometimes get away with having trace amounts of gluten and still be mostly okay. But when I accidentally eat gluten, I pay the consequences. There are times when I accidentally eat it and feel like I can't get out of bed because of the stomach pain. I joke that the pain is so horrible that I feel like I'm dying, but it really does feel severe in the moment.

Being gluten intolerant, I spend quite a bit more money on groceries because I have to find gluten-free food and it's way more expensive. Because gluten-free became a fad diet, more places began offering alternatives and it was easier for me to find foods I liked. When I find gluten-free goodies that aren't normally gluten-free in restaurants, you bet my eyes light up! It's exciting but also a relief.

Being gluten-free has oftentimes felt like a curse, but it's also a blessing sometimes.

The upside to this is that researchers are looking into developing a pill that will help those with celiac disease digest gluten easier and/or subside symptoms completely. So hopefully soon, I'll be able to eat the foods I once loved without feeling ill.

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