If a trip to the Texas Hill Country is on your itinerary, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to explore some of the area’s excellent wineries. Numerous companies offer outings to explore the many diverse offerings. U.S. News has compiled this list of the best Fredericksburg, Texas, wine tours using both traveller opinion and expert sentiment. Choose from full- or half-day tours and perhaps discover a new favourite wine.
Cellar Rat Wine Tours – Group Tour
On this tour, which is limited to 10 people, guides will pick you up in a passenger van from wherever you’re staying in Fredericksburg and will stop at three local wineries, breweries or distilleries. The tour includes lunch at a local restaurant, where you can order what you’d like as part of the ticket price. At the conclusion of your tour, Cellar Rat will drop you back off at your Fredericksburg hotel. Travellers highly praise their tour guide, who they describe as very knowledgeable and able to tailor the tour based on wine-tasting preferences. Tours start at 10:30 a.m. and are available daily except for Tuesdays. Tickets are approximately $180 per person, including tasting fees, lunch and taxes. Cellar Rat also offers food and wine tours along with private tours.
The 290 Wine Shuttle service allows groups to hop on and hop off at 16 different wineries in the Texas Hill Country throughout the span of one day. You can stay as long as you like at each stop and catch the next available shuttle to go to the next winery. Tours start at the Inn on Barons Creek and visit several local favourites, including Grape Creek Vineyards, Safari Winery and Texas Wine Collective. Tourgoers say the shuttles are on time and they love the music. Air-conditioned shuttles run Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every 10 minutes. An all-day pass starts at $39.99 per person, though this does not include the tasting fees (which cost about $18 per location, on average). Children 10 and older may ride the shuttle, though they will need to pay the per person fee. The company also offers private tours.
Majesty Wine Tours – Sapphire Tour
On this tour, participants will stop by three different wineries and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Fredericksburg. The tour picks up travellers from their hotels around 11:30 a.m., and then allows them to taste five or six wines at each venue. You’ll have time to enjoy a glass of wine, purchase bottles and listen to live music (if available) at each stop as well. Tours end between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., and are offered daily. Tickets start at $139 per person for weekdays and $155 per person on Saturdays and Sundays. The price includes tasting fees and lunch. Travellers praise this tour’s drivers, describe the lunch as excellent and highly recommend the tour to future visitors. The company offers a variety of other winery tours, too.
Creekstreet Wine Tours – Gold Wine Tour
On this five-hour tour, travellers will visit three Hill Country wineries and enjoy a boxed lunch, bottled water and snacks. The tour picks travellers up at Fredericksburg hotels, and guides share information about each winery along the way. Reviewers highly recommend both the guide and the tour, saying they experienced great service and enjoyed the food. Ticket prices start at $160 per person, though tax and gratuity are not included. You can also opt for a limousine instead of a van for an additional fee. Tours are available most days and depart at 11 a.m. Creek street also offers a less expensive Silver Wine Tour along with a Platinum Wine Tour and a Starlight Wine Tour in the evening.
George’s 290 Wine Tours – Short PM Tour
Enjoy stops at three Hill Country wineries on this four-hour tour limited to 10 to 12 people (depending on whether you tour in a van or a limo). Stops may include Kuhlman Cellars, Lost Draw Cellars and William Chris Vineyards. Tourgoers recommend this experience and say you’ll be treated like VIPs, adding that the guides are knowledgeable and fun. Tickets start at $155 per person, which includes tax and tasting fees. Tours start at 12:45 p.m., run until about 5 p.m. and are available daily except Saturday. George’s 290 Wine Tours also offers a Premium five-hour tour with a picnic lunch, as well as private tours.
Cottonwood Wine Tours – Hill Country Aficionado
If you’re staying in San Antonio and want to explore the Texas wine country, this tour is for you. This 8 ½-hour tour takes travellers to four Hill Country wineries and stops for 90 minutes in Fredericksburg so guests can enjoy shopping and lunch. Participants say they really enjoy this tour. Many comments that the guide is super knowledgeable and the wines are excellent. Ticket prices are approximately $165 per person, and tours depart at 10 a.m., returning at 6:30 p.m. Tours are available daily and have a maximum of 14 participants. Cottonwood Wine Tours has other offerings as well, including a tour focused on wine education and a tour of San Antonio breweries.
Texas Grapes Wine and Limousine Tours
If you’d like a customized tour of Hill Country wineries, consider Texas Grapes Wine and Limousine Tours. This company personalizes your tour to three local wineries with a knowledgeable guide to accompany you aboard a stretch limousine. The company specializes in wineries with sweet, dry and bold wines. Reviewers highly recommend this tour, praising the guides, the wines and the service. Tours last about five hours and run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can book them daily, and the guides pick you up from your accommodation. Ticket prices start at $110 per person and include a wine glass, bottled water and snacks. However, lunch and tasting fees cost extra.
Texas Wine Tours – 3 Winery Tour
Texas Wine Tours will pick you up at your Fredericksburg accommodation or the city’s visitor center and take you to three local wineries in a comfortable coach. Tours run daily from 1 to 4 or 5 p.m. Reviewers recommend this tour, citing great guides, top-notch service and a varied winery selection. Ticket prices start at $139 per person. The price does not include tax, but it does cover a 15% gratuity. The company also offers a tour of breweries and a winery tour with lunch, as well as a bachelorette tour.