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Fredericksburg, Texas: Wine Country Charm, History, and Hill Country Adventures

Imagine tasting delicious, American-made wine without the cost of a Napa vacation. Imagine pairing scrumptious food, boutique shopping, history, and a small-town vibe. If this sounds like the perfect wine-tasting trip, you should try Fredericksburg, Texas, for your next winery adventure. 

Nestled in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg beckons travelers with its unique blend of German heritage, small-town charm, and breathtaking landscapes. Steeped in history and surrounded by rolling vineyards and wildflower fields, this quaint town offers a captivating retreat for visitors seeking cultural immersion and outdoor adventure.

Wine Country Without the Price Tag

Fredericksburg is home to over fifty wineries, many featuring 100% Texas-made wine. Those that aren’t 100% source their grapes from elsewhere and make the wine on-site. No designated driver? Don’t worry, and there are plenty of bus tours that will take you around. 

With its fertile soil, ample sunshine, and a climate reminiscent of the Mediterranean, Fredericksburg has become a premier destination for oenophiles seeking to sample exceptional wines in a picturesque setting. Embark on a journey through the vineyards of Fredericksburg, where each winery offers a unique blend of tradition, innovation, and Texas hospitality.

Wineries Near Fredericksburg

Joanna Vineyard
Signor Vineyards

Ab Astris

Sip award-winning wine in the backyard of Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site. Tucked away behind LBJ’s birthplace, Ab Astris Winery welcomes visitors with a warm embrace and a commitment to crafting exquisite wines. With a focus on sustainable practices and small-batch production, Ab Astris epitomizes the art of winemaking, offering a diverse selection of varietals that showcase the terroir of the Texas Hill Country. 

Signor Vineyards

At Signor Vineyards, wine enthusiasts are invited to savor the fruits of labor meticulously cultivated on their family-owned estate.  Signor Vineyards produces an array of wines, many made from grapes grown in Oregon and brought down to Texas to start the wine-making process, as well as wines made from Texas-grown grapes. The large patio invites visitors to linger awhile, enjoy a tasting, and grab a bite at their on-site market, Joanna’s. 

Barelle Vineyards 

Nestled amidst the serene beauty of the Hill Country, Barelle Vineyards showcases the wines of local women wine-makers. With a commitment to sustainable farming practices and a reverence for the land, Barelle Vineyards produces exceptional quality and character wines, inviting visitors to sample the fruits of their labor while soaking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Meierstone Vineyards

Steeped in tradition yet unafraid to push the boundaries of winemaking, Meierstone Vineyards offers a one-of-a-kind tasting experience that combines old-world craftsmanship with modern innovation. From their meticulously tended vineyards to their state-of-the-art winemaking facilities, Meierstone Vineyards embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery, inviting guests to journey through the rich tapestry of flavors in each bottle.

Grape Creek Vineyards

Regarded as one of the top wineries in Fredericksburg, Grape Creek Vineyards offers a truly exceptional wine-tasting experience. Set amidst picturesque vineyards, their Tuscan-style tasting room exudes elegance and charm. Known for its award-winning wines, Grape Creek Vineyards invites visitors to indulge in its carefully crafted wines while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding Hill Country landscape.

Where to Stay in Fredericksburg

Arial view of Barons CreekSide

While Fredericksburg has some standard hotels, the town is known for its Airbnbs, Inns, and Sunday Houses, making your stay a unique experience. Here are some of the best places to stay in Fredericksburg. 

Das 406 Gasthaus 

Das 406 Gasthaus is perfect for a big group heading to Fredericksburg to enjoy the wineries together. With three large bedrooms (one of which is an ensuite), a six-person dining table, a large kitchen with an island with seating, a living room, a sitting room, and a deck complete with a hot tub, it has everything you need for a comfortable stay while in town. 

Each bedroom has a king-sized bed and clothing storage. The house has air conditioning, WiFi, two TVs, a washing machine, and a fully equipped kitchen. Close to main street shopping and restaurants, you’ll love the convenience and comfort. 

The Vine on Middle Creek

Ever wanted to stay on a working vineyard? The Vine on Middle Creek will make that dream a reality. There are six farmhouse-style cottages that can sleep up to twelve people, all with fireplaces, jacuzzis, and comfortable king-sized beds. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast every morning in the common area, and enjoy outdoor activities like bocce ball, corn hole, horseshoes, and a fire pit. They offer personal tours of the vineyard during your stay. 

Barons CreekSide

This sprawling resort located just outside of Fredericksburg offers a variety of amenities perfect for families- including log cabins with fireplaces and hot tubs, a swimming pool with a lazy river, a playground, and a fishing pond. They also have an on-site restaurant with a large patio, which makes it easy to enjoy a meal with the kids. 

Hoffman Haus

Hoffman Haus is a twenty-three-room luxury bed and breakfast conveniently located in downtown Fredericksburg. It offers a unique blend of historic charm and modern amenities, comprised of old and new buildings. The twenty-three rooms, suites, and houses offer modern conveniences with antique touches. There is a day spa on-site, and an in-room breakfast is available as an add-on.

Where to Eat in Fredericksburg

Exterior of West End Pizza
Fredericksburg CVB

Cabernet Grill

The Cabernet Grill in Fredericksburg, Texas, is a well-regarded restaurant known for its upscale Texas Hill Country cuisine and extensive wine list. Located in Cotton Gin Village, it has a rustic yet elegant atmosphere with koi ponds and other water features. The menu highlights fresh, seasonal ingredients, and the extensive wine list focuses on Texas wines. Staff and the Wine Director will help you pair the perfect wine with your meal. 

Eaker Barbecue

It wouldn’t be a trip to Texas without trying some barbecue. Eaker Barbecue takes a different spin on traditional barbecue, blending traditional Texas barbecue with Korean-inspired flavors. Owned by husband and wife duo Lance and Boo Eaker, Boo’s Korean roots take center stage in making this barbecue experience truly unique. Started as a successful food truck in Houston, the Eakers set their roots in Fredericksburg in 2020. 

West End Pizza

This family-friendly restaurant is perfect for a brick-oven pizza in downtown Fredericksburg. Choose from various specialty pizzas, or build your own to get exactly what you want. A game room for kids and a large patio with TVs give a fun, casual atmosphere. 

Alla Campagna

Alla Campagna offers a taste of the Italian countryside. Their menu features pizzas, pastas, and antipasti inspired by regional Italian cuisine. The restaurant has a romantic and upscale ambiance, with indoor and outdoor seating options. Reservations are encouraged, especially for larger groups or during peak times.

Things to Do in Fredericksburg, TX

Main Street
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Wander Main Street

Main Street in Fredericksburg is lined with charming shops, art galleries, and restaurants. You can spend an afternoon browsing the shops, enjoying a delicious meal on a patio, or simply soaking up the small-town atmosphere. Our favorite stores include:

  • It’s a Glow, which sells home decor made with honeycomb calcite, a translucent stone that emits a soothing glow when lit with candles, LEDs, electric lights, or sunlight.
  • San Saba Soap Company uses Texas pecans to create unique, handcrafted bath and skincare products. They focus on natural ingredients and offer products beyond soap as well like pecan body oils and face creams. 
  • Quintessential Chocolates, which sells (among other things) wine filled chocolates. 

National Museum of the Pacific War

Learn about the experiences of soldiers and civilians affected by WWII in the Pacific. An affiliate of the Smithsonian, the museum houses artifacts, exhibits, and oral histories that explore the war from multiple perspectives. Chester Nimitz, the Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas during WWII, was born in Fredericksburg in 1885, marking Fredericksburg as home to the museum about the area he commandeered. 

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area

Held as having spiritual significance to native tribes, this massive pink granite dome offers visitors a chance to hike to the summit for stunning views. The incline may seem rough, but be wary of coming down, as you don’t want to go too fast and lose your footing. You can also explore rock climbing routes or camp under the stars. The rock also features vernal pools, which are temporary bodies of water that appear on the granite dome after rainfall and are a vital part of the area’s ecosystem, as they “shelter an assemblage of plants and animals uniquely adapted to a harsh environment.”

Wildseed Farms

Wildseed Farms is a 114-acre working wildflower farm that explodes with color in the spring. You can wander through the fields of wildflowers, take a wagon tour, or visit the gift shop to purchase wildflower seeds and souvenirs. 

Pioneer Museum

Pioneer Museum
Megan Johnson

To delve into the German heritage that is heavily represented throughout Fredericksburg, head to the Pioneer Museum. The main building, the Vereins Kirche building, showcases artifacts, exhibits, and historical documents that tell the story of the town’s founding German settlers and their descendants. Explore the other buildings on the grounds, which include a one-room schoolhouse, log cabin, butcher shop, a traditional summer house, and a smokehouse and barn. 

Das Peach Haus

This historic country store offers a taste of Texas Hill Country, focusing on peaches. Visitors can shop for specialty peach products like jams, salsas, and baked goods. The store also features cooking classes, wine tastings, and live music. Also on the grounds is Dietz Distillery, offering small-batch gins and peach and pear eau de vie made using old-world distilling techniques. Get a tour of the grounds, or enjoy a tasting or cocktail. 

Take a Tour

Fredericksburg Tours offers several different tours depending on your interests. Our favorites include: 

Wine Tasting Tours – A trip to Fredericksburg wouldn’t be complete without a wine tour. This is a safe way to visit multiple vineyards in one day. Choose from tours with just wine, wine and lunch, wine and distilleries and more.

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