October 2, 2021

Celebrating Texas Wine Month During a Pandemic

The Texas Department of Agriculture has designated the entire month of October as TEXAS WINE MONTH. October, 2021, just like October, 2020, will be unlike any other prior month of celebrating Texas Wines. The grapes are being harvested with anticipation of being the basis for more medal-winning Texas Wines.
October will be an interesting month with several of the eighteen Texas Wine Trails actually hosting wine trail events. Most of the wine trails hosting wine trails have expanded hours with a “come and go” schedules, leaving it to the discretion of each wine trail member as to events on their premises. Texas wine trails include:
• Bay Breeze Wine Trail – 5 wineries along the Gulf Coast
• Cross Timbers Wine Trail – 31 wineries in North Texas
• Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail – 17 wineries in the DFW Area
• Driftwood Wine Trail – 6 wineries near Driftwood, TX
• Dripping Wine Trail – 3 wineries in and Around Dripping Springs, TX
• Grapevine Wine Trail – 6 wineries in Grapevine, TX
• Guadalupe Valley Wine Country – Central Texas
• Piney Woods Wine Trail – 19 wineries in East Texas
• Red River Wine Trail – 4 wineries in North Texas
• Sam Houston Wine Trail – 8 wineries in Montgomery and Walk Counties
• Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail – 8 wineries north and west of Houston
• Texas High Plains Wine and Vine Trail – Lubbock Area
• Texas Hill Country Wineries – 60 wineries in the Fredericksburg Area
• Texas Independence Wine Trail – 9 wineries in South and Central Texas
• Thirsty Oaks Wine Trail – 5 wineries in Texas Hill Country
• Top of the Hill Country Wine Trail – Texas Hill Country
• Way Out Wineries – 7 wineries west of the DFW area
• Wine Road 290 – 22 wineries in the Fredericksburg Area
The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail’s October Wine Trail will be run the entire month of October to celebrate Texas Wine Month. The 2021 Texas Wine Month Passport Event, valid October 1-31, 2021, allows ticket holders to enjoy three wine tastings (about 1.5 ounce pours per wine) at the six wineries on the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Ticket prices are $30 for an individual or $54 for a couple (plus tax and fees). This is a substantial SAVINGS compared to separate wine flight costs at each winery.

Over 45 of the 60 trail wineries in the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail are participating on the wine trail during the month of October. The eleven wineries in the Dallas Town and Country Wine Trail will be hosting Wine Celebrations in October to celebrate Texas Wine Month. Please remember that most wineries are closed on Mondays, but reservations are a MUST!

The State Fair of Texas starts this Saturday in Dallas and will run through October 17th. The State Fair has a special Wine garden featuring Texas wines. The Wine Garden is a hidden gem in the middle of a bustling Fair, located on Nimitz Drive, the Wine Garden under the shade. During the 24 days of the Fair, the Wine Garden will feature a selection of more than 20 wines that represent the different wine growing regions of Texas and grape varietals that are putting Texas wine on the international stage. Featured wineries include:

• Bending Branch Winery
• CL Butaud
• Duchman Family Vineyards
• Fall Creek Winery
• Farmhouse Vineyards
• Lewis Wines
• Lost Draw Cellars
• McPherson Cellars
• Pedernales Cellars
• Siboney Cellars
• Spicewood Vineyards
• The Austin Winery
• William Chris
• 4R Ranch Vineyards and Winery

Add a little ZEST to your life during the pandemic through these wine events at local wineries such as:
• October 2nd – A J Santana plays Acoustic Guitar from 2 – 5 at Bernhardt Winery
• October 2nd – James Cashman on the West Sandy Creek Winery patio from 1 to 7
• October 3rd – Dylan DuPont sings from 3 – 5 at Whitley Winery in Montgomery
• October 3rd – James Zimmerman on the piano from 1 to 7 at West Sandy Creek Winery
• October 8th – Fab Five at Wild Stallion Vineyards
• October 9th – Duane Vincent plays from 6 – 9 at Blue Epiphany Winery on the north side of Conroe.
• October 9th – Guthrie Jones on the West Sandy Creek Winery patio from 1 to 7
• October 9th – October Harvest Festival at Bernhardt Winery
• October 10th – The Fab Five at Bernhardt Winery
• October 10th – Kyle Mathis plays on the West Sandy Creek Winery Patio
• October 10th – Emily Cole provides a solo concert at Whitley Winery
Don’t forget to bring friends and share your wines at these wine concerts.

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