If a trip to visit the famous vineyards of Napa Valley, California is not in the budget this summer, try a scenic drive through some country the local wine. Central Texas offers a number of locally produced wines, the nationally recognized small family-owned.
A journey through Highway 290 West not only offers rustic landscapes of Texas with his kind of beauty, but also several vineyards on the road. Johnson City has the Vineyard Hills Texas, with soil considered the coveted field of Tuscany in Italy. Becker Vineyards in Stonewall has 46 hectares of vineyards and three acres of lavender, which blooms in May and June. Stonewall Creek is also on the grape vine, the only completely underground wine cellar in Texas. Continue west on Highway 290, Fredericksburg has a number of vineyards, including Bell Mountain Winery in business for 33 years and Chisholm Trail Winery.
If you take in views of the lake, while that Texas wine tasting sounds good, north on Highway 281 to the family Spicewoods Vineyard property in Marble Falls. Fall Creek Vineyards on the shores of Lake Buchanan consists of 65 hectares of vineyards make wines awarded the "French tradition combined with the technology in California." Take in some points views of Lake Travis in Lago Vista's Flat Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery.
Heading south a wine lover can find sisters Creek Vineyard Boerne, located in a historic cotton gin. Or, in New Braunfels try the Dry Comal Creek Vineyards and could well leave Gruene Hall, while in that area.
All of these wineries offer tours and tastings and visitors are encouraged to taste the wine of lesser known varieties that Texas is gaining a reputation for producing. Have you heard of a Sangiovese or Malbec? How about a syrah? The Texas soil is better suited to some of the darker varieties of wine. While you can certainly find a chardonnay in Texas, a Texas Viognier fact, may taste better. The Austin-American Statesman recently chosen some favorite local wines as Becker Vineyards Malbec 2006 or Tuscan-style red-Flat Creek Super Texan Estates 2006.
If wine tasting, without the driving sounds a bit more attractive, a number of local wine bars that offer a unique taste experience. From fashion to warm to the wall of wines ostentatious, Austin-American section Xlent Statesman, recently highlighted some local points for a good glass of wine. Cork & Co. on South Congress was described as friendly, while Cru: A Wine Bar has one luxurious atmosphere. "There is also the pleasure of César Chávez Street and opened tasting room and wine bar on East Seventh. An impressive wall of wine can be viewed at Wine Wine at Guadalupe Street.
If I jump in the car at the head of the center at night or driving to the west by the day, Austin and the surrounding hill country can offer some slightly curious wine drinker to the passionate winemaker.
Ki works near downtown Austin. He has been involved in Austin real estate for ten years. He has a graphical Austin MLS search on his website. His site also has updated news and stats on Austin Texas real estate on his blog.
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