Earlier in June, I went on a FAM trip to Stonewall and Fredericksburg, Texas with some other Texas bloggers. I love to travel and share my travel adventures, so I jumped at the chance to check out the Texas Hill Country, only an hour away from my house.
Exploring the Texas Hill Country
I have driven through that area several times, and have spent a little bit of time in Fredericksburg, but I knew nothing about Stonewall or Hye.
Fun Things to Do in Fredericksburg and Stonewall, Texas
Before this trip, I knew that Fredericksburg is a city with German heritage and that it has some wineries, but I had no idea just how much history, wineries, beauty, and good food were in the area.
According to Travel Addicts, the 30 mile stretch between Johnson City and Fredericksburg has more than 30 wineries. We only had time for four of them.
Grape Creek Vineyards
First on our tour was Grape Creek Vineyards. When you arrive, you feel like you are in Tuscany (not that I have been). The decor is very Tuscan and the grounds are beautiful.
Later in the day, Cicada Cellars gave us a wine tasting. They source their large variety of grapes from Texas and California growers giving them more flexibility and fun. I enjoyed sipping their rosé with my sandwich from Woerner Warehouse.
The next day started with a tour and tasting at Pedernales Cellars. The grounds were absolutely beautiful. We tasted several different wines, and my favorite was the Over the Moon Rosé.
After that, we went to Hye Market in the very small town of Hye, Texas. Hye Market has local produce and meats in a fun, historic setting. The Tasting Room is located in the historic Hye Post Office! How cool is that? The food was delicious and the manager, Jason Cook, gave us an interesting history lesson as we tasted delicious sandwiches and their yummy homemade pickles.
After lunch, we enjoyed a tour and wine tasting at Kuhlman Cellars. Also a beautiful setting, this wine tasting included a food pairing and very informative sessions about everything from growing grapes to pairing foods.
In the afternoon, we had some free time to spend in Fredericksburg. After a brief video from the visitor center, I had fun walking around the town and getting a refreshing coffee drink from Clear River Ice Cream and Bakery.
Our last stop was Altstadt Brewery for a tour and delicious dinner. They were patient with me as this non-beer drinker tried a few different beers but finally went with the Riesling wine.
It was a quick, fun trip to the Fredericksburg area and I will definitely go back to that area to explore some more.
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