There’s a lot to love about living in Texas. The people here are friendly, the economy is great, and the weather in Dallas and Austin is pleasant all year long. Texas is also home to many world-class wineries. While California may be home to some of the most famous vineyards in the country, the growing conditions in Texas are equally as favorable. The most flavorful batches of vino are made from vineyards with rolling hills and great sun exposure—both things Texas has plenty of. Texas also boasts mineral-rich soil, something that California lacks. So forget the trip to Napa and check out the tasting rooms at these wineries right in your backyard.
Times Ten Cellars | 6324 Prospect Ave., Dallas
When you’re in the mood for a powerful, savory wine, look no farther than Times Ten Cellars. The volcanic soil in their Cathedral Mountain Vineyard is perfectly suited for Spanish and Rhone-inspired varieties. Times Ten Cellars offers tasting counter, wine lounge and patio seating to enjoy your favorite bottle and a small plate in an intimate setting. They also have event rooms for larger celebrations.
Inwood Estates Vineyards | 1350 Manufacturing St. #209, Dallas
Described as an “urban winery,” the award-winning Inwood Estates offers a different type of wine tasting experience. Instead of sitting on a sunny patio surrounded by trees, you’ll get an up-close look at how the wines are made in this winery located in the Design District. Inwood Estates also hosts Wine Club Pick Up Parties and weekend Happy Hours.
The Austin Winery | 9007 Tuscany Way, Austin
Book a private tasting any day of the week or walk-in during the weekend hours at The Austin Winery. Either way, you’ll receive a warm welcome from the staff and enjoy some of the most innovative flavors anywhere. The artwork on the bottle labels as interesting as the vino inside, with whimsical, creatures drawn by Nic Mathis.
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