Wine, a millennial girl’s best friend. Who among us doesn’t enjoy a nice night with Netflix – or friends – paired with the perfect cab? While it is certainly no Sonoma, Fredericksburg, outside of Austin is a wine lovers dream. Dozens of quaint wineries litter the hill country town. Locals and destination travelers alike spend their weekends sipping on sweet rose + visiting the cute shops in the middle of town. Fredericksburg is perfectly poised for a day trip. So whether you’re an Austin/San Antonio local, or just visiting them, a trip out into the hills will be worth your time. Here’s what you should do.
Fiesta was my first stop last time I headed up to Fredericksburg. I heard about them from a friend who used their wine at her wedding. Fiesta is nestled in a cluster with two or three other wineries that share a common, large patio space. While sipping wine on this patio, you’re able to enjoy the docile weather (season depending) and listen to live music. During a wine tasting at Fiesta, you can choose any six of their wines to try for just $12. You keep your glass as a souvenir. They also have cute gifts you can buy as well as glasses + bottles of wine. I may have bought a “Rose Day All Day” glass #noshame.
The staff at Fiesta is very friendly + helpful. If you can’t make it to the hills, they also have a location in downtown Fredericksburg where you can buy wine + have a taste of some of their selections. They share the space with a quite boutique. Must try: The Savannah Rose.
Six Shooter Cellars
In the same little area as Fiesta is Six Shooter Cellars. This spot has a bit of an edge to it + carries a wide selection of wine + meads. While Six Shooters isn’t *technically* its own winery, it showcases wines from all across Texas. This is what allows them to have such a huge selection. They carry many unique wines with flavors far outside of the grape realm. Six Shooter has the same setup as Fiesta. You choose six wines to taste (which you can split with a friend) while the staff tells you all about your selections + guides you to the next. My favorite wine was a Cowtown Winery pineapple-based wine called Ambush. It was a tough choice between that + Cowtown’s Stockyard Peach.
Fredericksburg is a quaint place that around 12,000 people call home. Seeped in German heritage and surrounded by rolling hills full of wineries, downtown Fredericksburg gives off authentic small-town vibes. Main Street is lined with shops + cafes that boosts adorable clothing, homemade pet treats, handcrafted jewelry, and of course, more wine. Fredericksburg does a great job supporting local artists + small businesses with tons of events every year. No matter when you go, you’re sure to get a taste of local flavor.
Speaking of flavor, Fredericksburg also offers some delicious dining options. From steakhouse dinners to German-inspired cuisine, this town has it all. If pizza is what you’re after, I suggest West End Pizza Co. Their dough is homemade + the pizzas are prepared in a brick oven. A long day of wine tasting isn’t complete without pizza in my humble opinion.
If you’re in central Texas with a day to spare, grab your friends, jump in the car, and head out to Fredericksburg. Your Inner wine lover will thank you.