The Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country American Viticultural Area (AVA) is known for its outstanding Black Muscat, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Encompassed completely by the Texas Hill Country AVA, it surrounds the town of Fredericksburg, Texas and covers over 70,000 acres, 60 of which are planted vineyards. (The Texas Hill Country AVA itself encompasses more than 9 million acres.) This AVA, approved in 1988, consists of 100 square miles.
History. The Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA is located in Central Texas, about 80 miles west of Austin. Grape vines were first planted in Fredericksburg, Texas in the 19th century by German immigrants. Often referred to as the “Jewel of the Texas Hill Country”, Fredericksburg is a popular tourist spot in the Hill Country, and its German origins are apparent in its architecture. One interesting fact about Fredericksburg is that there is no prohibition on the public consumption of alcohol, so you can stroll down the street looking at the shops and attractions with a glass of wine in your hand!
Climate. Located over 200 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, this wine region avoids the heat and humidity of that area. Its elevations reach between 1400 to 1900 feet, which is perfect for growing certain grape varieties. The temperature range is typically between 80 and 90 degrees, and its soil is predominantly loam, silty clay and silt, excellent for growing wine grapes.
Vineyards and Wineries. The town of Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA has several excellent wineries, as does the town itself. Below are some of the vineyards, wineries and recommended wines of Fredericksburg.
Fredericksburg Winery. Named by USA Today as one of the top three wineries in Texas, this Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country winery is owned by the Switzer family. All of their wine is made from local grapes. Try their 2003 Texitage, a red wine blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. It has wonderful blackberry aromas and flavors that include black fruits and vanilla. Also try their Enchanted Rock Red, a blend of Pinot Noir and Ruby Cabernet, which has aromas of cherries followed by flavors of raspberry and plum. For more information on this Fredericksburg winery and its wines, click here.
McReynolds Wines. This is a Texas Hill Country winery. Family owned and operated, all of their handcrafted wines are made from grapes from Texas vineyards, including the Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country region. Try their 2000 Sauvignon Blanc, made from Fredericksburg grapes, an outstanding Texas wine with aromas of peach and pear followed by flavors of more fruit and oak. For more information on this Texas Hill Country winery and its wines, click here.
Chisolm Trail Winery. This Fredericksburg winery overlooks the Spring Creek Vineyards, and is within driving distance of both Austin and San Antonio. Try their 2007 Lone Wolf Lenoir, a dry red wine with aromas of plum, and flavors that include cranberries and green apple. Their 2006 Diablo is a spicy wine with aromas of pepper and plum, another outstanding choice. For more information on this Fredericksburg winery and its wines, click here.