Ultimate Guide to Texas Wine Country

Texas Wine Festivals

The Hill Country Wine and Food Festival, held every April in Austin since 1986, is the state's premier wine festival. More than 9,000 people attended the four-day extravaganza in 2011, along with world-renowned vintners and chefs.

But if you can't make it to Austin in the spring, there's certainly no shortage of wine festivals all year throughout the state:

  • The Hill Country Wine Trail puts on four festivals a year: Wine and Wildflower (two weekends in April), Harvest (two weekends in August and includes grape-stomping!), Texas Wine Month (October) and Holiday (three weekends in December).
  • The city of Rockport, on the Gulf Coast just north of Corpus Christi, has been holding a wine and food festival -- heavy on the Texas wines -- each May since 1997.
  • Also in May, San Antonio presents the Culinaria Wine and Culinary Arts Festival, featuring formal dinners, cooking classes and barbecue competitions.
  • Rock out to 10 bands and sample the wares of Texas wineries at the Austin Wine and Music Festival, another May event.
  • In June, members of the Way Out Wineries trail host a Summer Cook-Off Road Trip -- a certain dish is prepared at each winery (pork tenderloin in 2011), and festival-goers vote for the winner.

For more information about Texas wine, take a look at the links below.

Related Articles


  • Blake, Cary. "Texas Wine Grape Industry Taking Root." June 11, 2009. (July 15, 2011) http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/texas-wine-grape-industry-taking-root
  • Go Texan Wine. (July 12, 2011) http://www.gotexanwine.org/
  • Jennings, Diane. "Appeals Court Upholds Texas' Wine Sales System." Dallas Morning News, Jan. 27, 2010. (July 15, 2011) http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20100127-Appeals-court-upholds-Texas-wine-6545.ece
  • McEachern, George Ray. "A Texas Grape and Wine History." (July 14, 2011) http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/Texaswine.html
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  • Pierce's Disease. (July 19, 2011) http://www.piercesdisease.org/
  • Templer, Otis. "Grape Culture." Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. (July 14, 2011) http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/afg02
  • Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival. (July 14, 2011) http://texaswineandfood.org/
  • Texas Hill Country Wineries. (July 12, 2011) http://www.texaswinetrail.com
  • Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association. (July 12, 2011) http://www.txwines.org/
  • Winegrowing Regions of Texas. (July 12, 2011) http://txwineregions.tamu.edu/

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