There’s something special about October — slightly cooler temperatures, a feeling of excitement as we edge toward the holidays, changing colors of foliage that demand a trip to Lost Maples State Park and the return of pumpkin everything. But why we say “Cheers” to October is because it’s Texas Wine Month!
Any time of year is a good time to visit a Texas winery, but it’s especially good in October when you can sit outside comfortably and admire the beautiful views.
Texas is the fifth largest wine producer in the nation, and its Hill Country region is the wine-making epicenter. More than 100 wineries are located there, from small operations to well-known labels such as Messina Hof, Becker and Fall Creek. Most wineries offer tasting rooms and places to enjoy your purchases al fresco. Many also offer events such as wine dinners and concerts when the temperature is mild.
With so many nearby wineries — there are eight within 30 miles of Bryson — it’s easy to spend a pleasant afternoon at a favorite winery. Or, venture out and make it a day trip (or even weekend getaway). Fredericksburg — less than two hours from Bryson — boasts about 50 area wineries, including seven located in town.
If you’re not sure where to begin your wine adventure, consider purchasing a Texas Hill Country Wineries passport. The passport — priced at $65 for an individual and $95 for a couple — gives you 15 to 20 percent discounts on bottle purchases of wine at more than 35 wineries. Some wineries this year are also offering agricultural cellar tours and to-go wine tastings if you don’t want to stay to taste wine. Many are also offering photo ops. The passport also includes virtual happy hours each Tuesday. It’s also worth mentioning that $5 of every passport purchase goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If you decide to visit a winery this month, make sure to call first or check their website as hours may have changed due to the coronavirus. Also, many wineries are closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Happy sipping!