Saturday, August 16, 2014

Texas Hill Country Wine Trail Harvests and Grape Stomps

The Verandas Guest House in Burnet is convenient to wineries and vineyards that we like to call the "Wines Off 29".  August is harvest season for many local wineries, and some even celebrate with grape stomps!

About a 40 minute drive to the west of The Verandas is Fall Creek Vineyard (  They are located at 1820 County Road 222 in Tow, Texas.  Their 25th annual festivities on Saturday, August 23 are scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and include star chef luncheons ($23 per person), a wine and cheese special barrel tasting ($25 per person for wine club members), grilled food available to purchase on the patio, and the barefoot grape stomp - which is FREE! Call (325) 379-5361 to make reservations and confirm times, prices, and info or visit the events webpage (CLICK HERE).  

Closer to the city of Burnet (15 short minutes away) is Perissos Vineyards (   7214 Park Road 4 West is just past Inks Lake if you come from Highway 29, or you can get there from Park Road 4 off of Highway 281.  Their tasting room hours are from 12 pm to 5 pm on Wednesday through Sunday, and they offer tastings as well as fruit and cheese plates to accompany your tasting.  We especially like their Tempranillo red!  Call them at (512) 820-2950 for more information.

Go north from Burnet on Highway 281 towards Lampasas to get to Texas Legato Winery at 2935 FM 1478 in Lampasas.  They had their grape stomp earlier in the month, but you can still go visit them!  Their hours are from 12 pm to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday and 12:30 pm to 5 pm on Sunday.  Call (512) 556-9600 to inquire about tastings.  Their website is

Not too far from there is Pillar Bluff Vineyards ( They are open Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12:30 pm to 5 pm.  This vineyard is located at 300 County Road 111 in Lampasas, and you can call for more details at (512) 556-4078. 

Head southeast to Pilot Knob Vineyard ( located at 3125 County Road 212 outside of Bertram, Texas.  Their tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm.  Call them at (512) 489-2999.  We are intrigued by the red wine with the smoke flavor, but it is nice to sit out back with a chilled glass of their lighter wine!

A new addition off of Highway 281 in Marble Falls (just 20 minutes south of The Verandas) is Flat Creek Enoteca at 112 Highwy 281.  Tuesday through Thursday 11 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm they have a "Flights and Bites" pairing of wines and artisan fare ($18 per person).  They are fairly new, so to get more information call them at (830) 637-7123.
CLICK HERE to see a Google Maps route of the "Wines Off 29" from The Verandas Guest House.