Every April, Texas Hill Country Wineries give you the chance to enjoy picturesque scenes while sipping on some award-winning Texas wines with the Wine & Wildflower passport.
When you purchase a Wine & Wildflower passport, you get a value of over $950 for only $100 or less. That means you’ll pretty much cover the cost of your passport, couple or individual, by just visiting and tasting at four wineries on the first day.
With your couple’s or single’s digital passport, you have 26 days to enjoy 40+ wineries in the beautiful Texas Wine Country, tasting your favorite wines and getting exclusive discounts on bottles, too. You don’t want to miss these deals, so be sure to mark your calendar for next April’s event. We had the chance to experience multiple wineries with this passport.
#1: Fiesta Winery Marble Falls
Fiesta Winery has four locations across Central Texas, and their wines are available at more than 200 retail stores throughout the Lone Star State. Their newest tasting room is located on Main Street in quaint Marble Falls. Here you can taste award-winning wines amongst a beautiful oak tree covered courtyard featuring a tranquil water fountain. This location is perfectly situated between unique boutiques, bakeries and restaurants for the ultimate sip and shop afternoon!
You can even shop their wines online. The tasting was excellent, and you can select five wines from a huge menu of options. The Decadencia dessert wine was delicious, with cocoa and cherry notes. The Heart of Texas Red also stands out, as a dry and light red with a smoky taste and dark fruit notes.
#2: Perissos Vineyard & Winery
At Perissos Vineyard & Winery, you can use your passport to get a delicious tasting of six wines for a $24 value. The vast vineyard and casual atmosphere makes for an overall wonderful experience. They also have delicious light bites such as the Basil Bruschetta served with fresh ingredients.
Among the six Texas wines on the tasting menu, the 2019 Petite Sirah stands out, with its blueberry and black plum fruit flavors, with notes of dark chocolate, black tea and smoky spice. It’s no wonder that this is an estate favorite. For an additional price, Perissos also offers educational estate and vineyard tours.
#3: Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery
Just a quick drive from Perissos, Torr Na Lochs Vineyard & Winery boasts breath-taking views in Burnet. Translated from Gaelic, Torr Na Lochs means Hill Over Lakes, a nod to the founding couple’s time spent in Scotland. The views are definitely a highlight, but the wines are also impressive at Torr Na Lochs, which also doubles as a beautiful wedding venue.
When you bring your Wine & Wildflower passport to this vineyard, you get a $20 valued tasting of their many delicious options. They also offer a variety of food to accompany the wines such as a cheese plate, a charcuterie board, bruschetta platter, salad, paninis, and pizza on occasional weekends only.
#4: Blue Lotus Winery
Blue Lotus Winery is tucked away in Seguin, and offers tastings at a $15 value, covered by your passport. Their Black Lotus 2017 on the tasting menu is a dry red with estate grown Spanish grapes. Upon driving up to the winery, you may notice the sign for Texas Mead Works. Blue Lotus is not just a winery, but also a meadery, of which you can also enjoy for a $15 tasting.
Food is also available such as charcuterie, queso, spinach artichoke dip, pretzels and even pizza. The arched wood building and the hill country views make for a wonderful weekend experience. And, if you’re not quite ready to leave, Blue Lotus is also a resort, where you can stay on-site in one of their lovely barrel cabins.
#5 Honorable Mention- La Cruz De Comal
Driving in the hill country, we also stumbled upon a vineyard that wasn’t part of the Wine Passport experience, but is still deserving of a special mention. La Cruz De Comal offers $25 tastings of four unique, 100% estate-grown wines. This wasn’t covered by the passport, but we still recommend adding this vineyard to your list.
La Cruz De Comal has gorgeous hill country views, an adorable estate dog named Pinta, and they grow the unique grape varietal of the New world/Old world hybrid called black Spanish. These vines have proven to thrive in Texas’s weather, and its product is a completely natural and delicious wine, which you will find across many options available at the tasting.
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Cover photo Gracie Watt
Gracie Watt is a contributor to Texas Lifestyle Magazine and a graduate of St. Edward’s University in Austin, with a degree in Journalism. Watt is also a Lifestyle Producer at NBC-affiliate KXAN’s Studio 512. When she’s not writing, Watt enjoys singing, playing the guitar and doing volunteer work.