• August 29, 2023
  • Lauren Critzer
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Unwind Your Senses: Top 7 Wine Tasting Experiences in Austin

Looking forward to delighting your senses and raising a toast to the setting Texan sun? Welcome to Austin, the gateway to the Texas wine route, known for its eclectic mix of urban wineries and picturesque vineyards with a backdrop of the scintillating blues. At once lively and laid-back, Austin’s wine culture is as rich and multifaceted as its vibrant live music scene. Unwind your senses in Austin with these top 7 wine tasting experiences, well-curated to cater to every palate and preference.

1) Escape to the Vine: The Austin Winery

Kickstart your wine tour of Austin’s local wine landscape with The Austin Winery, an urban gem that sources its grapes from optimal growing regions across the United States. Centered right at the heart of the city, their wines reflect both the terroir and the urban Texan culture.

  • Savor a wide variety of wines, each a distinctive blend of region and varietal, such as their red Rhone blend ‘The Teleporter’ or their white Rhone blend ‘The Austinite’.
  • The urban-chic taproom, with sleek modern interior, graffiti art, and upcycled furniture, enhances the wine tasting experience.
  • Engage in an intimate tour of their production space, where you can learn about their winemaking process.
  • From private tastings, live music events, yoga classes to various collaborative events, they readily entertain and engage the modern wine enthusiast.

2) Global Meets Local: House Wine

Located in a rustic bungalow near Barton Springs, House Wine is your relaxed refuge for tasting global wines while also supporting local wineries.

  • Discover a rotating selection of over 100 wines from all over the globe, available by the glass or bottle.
  • Indulge in their themed tastings that run throughout the week, featuring an array of wines comingled with trivia and fun facts.
  • Complement your drink with their artisan cheese and charcuterie boards, or their delectably unique “wine bites” menu.
  • Unwind with live music under the beautiful Texas sky, in their serene outdoor seating area.

3) For the Love of Local: Wine for the People

Wine for the People is passionate about producing excellent wines reflecting the rich, unique terroir of Texas. Their dedication shines brightly in their endeavor to bridge the gap between the local community and Texas wine culture.

  • Avail their wine club membership and enjoy member-exclusive wines, discounts, complimentary tastings, and invitations to member-only events.
  • Dive deeper into the winemaking process with their behind-the-scenes tours, where you can explore their vineyard and winery, learning from knowledgeable guides.
  • Their award-winning ‘Dandy Rosé’ made from Texas-grown grapes, gives a refreshing take on Texas terroir.

4) Punctuating Tradition with Innovation: The Infinite Monkey Theorem

Welcome to The Infinite Monkey Theorem, one of the hottest spots on Austin’s urban winery scene. Pitched perfectly between tradition and innovation, their wines are the epitome of balance.

  • Choose from a stunning line of traditionally made wines served in an urban-industrial setting with a comfortable neighborhood vibe.
  • Try their novel canned wines – refreshing bubblies or tangy dry hopped sauvignon blanc, perfect for the sweltering Austin summers.
  • Join in on their exciting winery tours, or capture an Instagram moment against the backdrop of their chic graffiti murals.

5) In the Heart of Hill Country: Fall Creek Vineyards

Immerse yourself in the legacy of Texas winemaking at Fall Creek Vineyards, one of the oldest and most revered vineyards of the state. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, it paints a picturesque setting for a wine-inspired escapade.

  • Experience award-winning wines like ‘Terra Rossa’ crafted from Texas-grown Sangiovese, or ‘ExTerra’, their top-tier wine produced from staggeringly old vines.
  • Expert-guided tours of their sprawling vineyard and winery will introduce you to the rich history of Texas winemaking and the terroir-specific viticulture.
  • From the enchanting scenery of vineyard set beside a creek to the gloriously quaint tasting room – every aspect makes it an idyllic wine retreat.

6) Scenic Splendor | Exquisite Sips: Flat Creek Estate

Nestled amidst 80 acres of pristine vineyards, Flat Creek Estate offers an unparallelled tasting experience combined with awe-inspiring views of the Texas Hill Country.

  • Sample their award-winning wines, including the crowd-favorite Super Texan Sangiovese and their highly acclaimed Syrah.
  • Add an exhilarating spin to your winery visit with their disc golf course.
  • Dine at the Bistro, where brunches and chef’s dinners provide a gourmet pairing to their wines.
  • The delectable Port-style dessert wines are a must-try for sweet wine lovers.

7) Lakeside Tranquility: Stone House Vineyard

Find your peaceful sanctuary at Stone House Vineyard, an exquisite estate located on the shores of Lake Travis. Specializing in hand-crafted, small-batch wines, they are renowned for their meticulous attention to detail and uncompromised quality.

  • Savor breathtaking views of the vineyard and lake, as you sip on their award-winning wines, including unique varietals like Scheming Beagle Port and Claros Norton Reserve.
  • The tranquil setting of Stone House Vineyard makes it a romantic retreat for couples and an ideal location for private events.
  • Regular events like wine pairing dinners, winemaker tastings, and painting & wine sessions add to the enriching experiences offered.

Savor Austin’s Wine Culture, Step by Step

The burgeoning wine scene of Austin, replete with its vivacious urban wineries and enchanting vineyards, is undoubtedly a must-visit for wine connoisseurs and casual wine lovers alike. Just like its vigorous music scene, Austin’s wine milieu harmoniously marries tradition with innovation, echoing a distinct symphony that resonates deeply with its visitors.

Whether you are passionate about viticulture or just a fan of great wines, whether you’re amazed by perfect pairings or simply entranced by the ambient beauty, these top 7 unwind your senses experiences ensure you soak in the best of Austin’s wine culture. As the city continues to embrace multi-faceted identities, let the local wines introduce you to an unseen aspect of its character and tell you unspoken stories, for wine, like music, is better when shared.

So, ready to raise a toast to the multifaceted city that Austin is? Well, ‘cheers’ to that. Here’s to savoring exceptional wines and creating unforgettable memories in Austin — the live music capital of the world, and perhaps, the next big wine destination too.

Lauren Critzer

I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and after college, I moved to San Francisco to explore new opportunities and broaden my horizons. I fell in love with the city's vibrant culture and unique atmosphere, but eventually, I moved again, this time to Austin, Texas.

As much as I loved living in different parts of the country, having a baby boy brought me back to my hometown in Charlottesville, where I now live with my husband, our little one, and two furry friends. I enjoy going to wineries, taking my pups everywhere, and spending quality time with my family.

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