Jan 122009
 

Win Two Free Tickets to the Texas Hill Country Lovers Wine Trail – February 6-8 & 13-15, 2009

Post your Romantic Texas Wine Moments to VintageTexas.com using the comments field (bottom of page) at: http://vintagetexas.com/blog/?p=408 or email me russ@vintagetexas.com. This will enter you to win two free tickets good for 4 people, to the Texas Hill Country Lovers Wine Trail compliments of http://www.texaswinetrail.com. The Lovers Wine Trail details are given below.

The deadline for posting your comment to VintageTexas.com is Friday, January 23, 2009.

The winning entry will be selected and notified by email by Wednesday, January 28, 2009.
 
Note: Your email address will be withheld from the posting and will not be used for any purpose. Information contained in postings may be used by www.vintagetexas.com or http://www.texaswinetrail.com, but the names will be withheld unless permission is provided by the parties involved.

Texas Hill Country Lovers Wine Trail – Feb 6-8 & 13-15, 2009: Description

Venture through sleeping vineyards and cozy wineries while enjoying complimentary chocolates, enchanting pairings and new wine releases along the way. This trail is held Friday thru Sunday the weekend before and during Valentine’s Day! Your ticket includes wine flight trios and/or a tasting at each winery – that’s right, all 24 of them! Wine is not just for lovers. Friends, neighbors, enthusiasts and newcomers alike are welcome. Who knows, you might just find your kindred spirit in the Texas Hill Country.

For more information, online ticket sales: http://www.texaswinetrail.com/events.html

What is the Texas Hill Country? The Texas Wine Country Experience

For all its undeniable charm, the Texas Hill Country is a “slice” of heaven just on the outskirts of Austin and San Antonio, and a just bit over 3 hours from either Houston or Dallas. In a blink of time, just over a decade, it has been transformed into the Texas Wine Country, the epicenter of the fifth largest wine producing state in the USA.

Texas grape growers and winemakers are learning to use the climate and produce quality, award winning wines and, in the process created a major new tourist and culinary destination that rivals the ambiance and draw to California. The distinctive Texas wines combined with southern hospitality has vaulted the Texas Hill Country to the #2 spot by the Orbitz Insider Index for the fastest-growing destination for wine and cuisine, only behind Napa Valley.

The Hill Country includes an ample variety of old and new vineyards and wineries implementing new growing and winemaking techniques to fit the Texas terroir. There are new plantings of Mediterranean varietals such as Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, Tempranillo and Sangiovese, warm weather hybrids like Blanc DuBois, Black Spanish and Ruby Cabernet, and nurtured classics such as Chenin Blanc, Merlot and the quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines have depth and variety that will titillate your taste buds.

The Texas wine heritage is something in which we can all be proud and need to experience first hand.  It was born over 400 years ago when Tejas was part of Mexico where the Franciscans produced sacramental wines from “Mission” grapes. They were followed by French settlers with vineyards in east Texas, and in the mid-1800’s, German immigrants came to the Texas Hill Country bringing with them their winemaking birthright using wild and hybrid grapes in settlements with names like Grapetown and Grape Creek, which were naturally favorable grape growing sites. We also have Italian families that have brought their flare with food and native Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio and Vermentino to the Texas, as well.

The nucleus of a Texas wine industry numbered over 20 wineries by the 1920’s. However, that all ended with prohibition. Only one winery – Val Verde Winery in Del Rio, Texas – survived. It took over 50 years to rediscover this winemaking heritage and re-establish the Texas wine experience. Texas currently has over 160 wineries all around the state and nearly half of them are in the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas.

The Texas Hill Country is much more than wine…..it is the complete wine country experience that, in its own way, rivals much more common names like Napa and Sonoma. You can experience the way it was in Napa when you could actually meet and share a taste with the winemakers in their tasting rooms. The Texas Hill Country is joining other new wine producing regions such as Washington State’s Colombia Valley, the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Long Island offering fine wine country experiences fused with regional cuisines, interesting folklore and historical venues.

Whether it’s a short weekend getaway or an extended week long vacation, you can find an ample supply of wineries, fine dinning, down-home cafés, quaint B&B’s, historical sites, state parks and wildlife areas, bike and limo tours, and generally a slower, laidback approach to life that can soothe your psyche and stir up your senses. For more information on Texas Hill Country B&Bs and activities,, go to: http://www.texaswinetrail.com/links.html.

Enjoy!

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