Wine Enthusiast Names Texas Hill Country One of the 10 Best International Wine Travel Destinations
The Texas Hill Country Wineries announced today, it has been selected as one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations for 2014” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in their January issue. The non-profit association boasts 38 wineries located in Central Texas.
Each year, the magazine narrows from the hundreds of global wine regions they visit to just 10 for this annual ‘best of’ list. Included among the selected wine regions, Texas Hill Country is one of only three regions from the United States. Alexis Korman, Senior Associate Editor for Wine Enthusiast Media, visited the Texas Hill Country in Fall 2013, identifying all 6 wineries she toured in the article.
“Visitors may flock to Texas Hill Country to sip wine,” says Korman, “but they end up drinking in the romance of the Old West, too.”
[VintageTexas - I will add that not to many Texas's fine wines get outside our state's borders. So, the best way for wine lovers from New York, California, Italy, Spain, France or even Australia to experience the quality of Texas wine is to make the Texas Hill Country their wine destination. In many regards, it is like visiting California's wine regions in their formative years in the 1970-80s. There are lots of hidden gems just waiting to be found and savored. You just have to look at the results of the recent an Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition to find a really good Texas wine you will like. See: List at txwinelover.com]
“It is an honor to be included in the list of prominent wine regions from around the world,” says January Wiese, Executive Director of Texas Hill Country Wineries. “The Texas Hill Country has been a travel destination to many for years. To be recognized along with global regions in the growing and evolving wine industry is truly exciting to our organization and our winery members.”
Texas is the number 5 wine-producing state in the US with the Texas Hill Country AVA being the second largest in the nation. Spanish and Italian varietals grow well in the Hill Country including Tempranillo, Viognier, Sangiovese and Tannat. The six wineries mentioned in the article: Lewis Wines, Flat Creek Estate, Perissos Vineyards and Winery, Pedernales Cellars, Bending Branch Winery and Driftwood Estate Winery, are an outstanding representation for what the entire region has to offer.
For additional information on Texas Hill Country Wineries and member wineries, please visit www.TexasWineTrail.com.