14 of San Antonio’s best wineries to visit right now

When you think of sipping wine in beautiful countryside with views as far as the eye can see, what do you imagine? A romantic evening for two in Tuscany? A Spanish excursion to a vineyard with the aroma of Tempranillo, and its robust flavors of black fruits and a hint of spice? Whatever your choice of red, white or sparkling, you don’t have to cross oceans to enjoy an authentic glass of wine.

In fact, the San Antonio area is teeming with your next wine country adventure. We’ve rounded up some of the best wineries just minutes away, so you and your friends can create unforgettable memories.

Bending Branch Winery

Bending Branch is known for its big, bold reds, perfect to accompany tex-mex and creamy and fruity whites. The winery has racked up dozens of national awards over the years and landed YourSA Reader’s Choice Award for Best Winery. It’s open seven days a week and reservations are encouraged for the tasting room. The cost is $30 per person.

Find it: 142 Lindner Branch Trail, Comfort, TX 78013

Fat Ass Ranch & Vineyard

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Fat Ass Ranch & Vineyard

Fat Ass lives up to its name with its adorable donkey-themed logo. It’s canned wine that literally lets you open a “can of whuup ass”. The team also processes its grapes into frozen sangria and ships its wines to 34 US states. Fat Ass is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only, and no reservations are necessary. However, the winery operates on a first-come, first-served basis. Wine tasting is $10 per person.

Find it: 51 Elgin-Behrends Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Fiesta Vineyard & Winery in Lometa

Fiesta Vineyard & Winery in Lometa

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Fiesta Winery

Seasonal wines, tropical-inspired wines, dry wines and fruity wines. Fiesta Winery has it all, including the Fiesta-themed brand that San Antonians love. You can choose six wines to taste at $20 per person plus tax. If you find something you like, you can order a drink and sit and relax on the terrace. You can also order a brick oven pizza, a meat and cheese plate and sandwiches. The cellar is open every day.

Find it: 18727 West FM 580, Lometa, TX 76853

Driftwood Wine Estate

Driftwood Wine Estate

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Driftwood Wine Estate

Driftwood offers selections, like Orange Wine and Albariño made in Texas, which you will have a hard time finding elsewhere. Dazzling sunset dinners are also held on the grounds, including one Fiesta-themed. Enjoy six tastings with a limited wine selection for $20. There’s also an on-site bistro with a variety of dining options, including small plates, pizza, and burgers. Just be sure to book your wine tasting reservation online before you arrive.

Find it: 4001 Elder Hill Road, Driftwood, TX 78619

Fall Creek Vineyards & Winery

Fall Creek Vineyards & Winery

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Fall Creek Vineyards and Winery

Famous in the state, the refined cellar is one of the elders of the band. Its first vineyard was planted in 1975, and accolades followed after the company became the first winery in the Texas Hill Country. It is open seven days a week and can even accommodate overnight guests. The winery also offers wine pairings such as hummus, a cheese plate, chilli cheese, locally sourced chocolate, and other snacks that you can enjoy with your glass or bottle of vino. Book your tasting reservation online. Tastings are $20 per person.

Find it: 18059-A FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

Messina Hof Hill Country Winery

Messina Hof Hill Country Winery

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Messina Hof Hill Country

The location of Messina Hof in Fredericksburg looks like it’s straight out of a Central European fairy tale and offers the best of Texas’ most award-winning wineries. Choose from the standard winery tasting experience which includes five wines with a limited selection for $18 or select the premium wine tasting option for $28 which includes access to everything on the wine list. Book your place in the tasting room online. The tasting room is open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Find it: 9996 US-290 East, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Pedernal Cellars

Pedernal Cellars

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Pedernal Cellars

The cellar bearing the same name as the city founded by the Germans it overlooks specializes in Spanish and Rhone style wines. The wineries offer live music, food truck tours, and wine club nights. It is open daily and reservations are required for all tasting experiences. You can also order a cheese plate. Tastings at the estate cost $25 plus tax and on weekends, the winery offers its Reserve menu for $40 plus tax.

Find it: 2916 Upper Albert Road, Stonewall, TX 78671

Best Hill Country Winery in San Antonio: William Chris Vineyard

Best Hill Country Winery in San Antonio: William Chris Vineyard

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William Chris Vineyards

There’s a reason we named the cellar #1 in all of Hill County in 2019. Although it mainly produces reds, it also offers several whites and rosés. Hye’s popular tasting room is a renovated historic farmhouse, which pairs perfectly with its old-style sips. Tastings are $30 per person and reservations are required for all experiences. You can also reserve The Vineyard Table Experience for $75 per person for a “higher experience” with wine pairings. The cellar is open every day.

Find it: 10352 US Highway 290, Hye, TX 78635

Narrow Road Wine Estate
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Narrow Road Wine Estate

This family-run winery is popular with locals and tourists alike and offers a wine club. Cultivating everything from Tempranillo to Roussanne, Narrow Path produces all of its wines in small batches. You won’t go hungry while visiting either. Its tasting room serves platters of seasonal meat and cheese, fresh breads and made-to-order sandwiches. Appointments are mandatory for Saturday and Sunday tastings.

Find it: 6331 S Ranch Road 1623, Stonewall, TX 78671

Saint Tryphon Farm & Vineyards is open at 24 Wasp Creek Road in Boerne.

Saint Tryphon Farm & Vineyards is open at 24 Wasp Creek Road in Boerne.

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Farm and vineyard of Saint Tryphon

Blends made at this farm — named after the Roman and Eastern Orthodox saint — are bottled without added sulfite preservatives. While emphasizing sustainability, the wines of Saint Tryphon Farm and Vineyard don’t skimp on taste. Tastings are offered next to his 1890s Boerne Farm and cost $25 per person for five wine samples. The cellar is open seven days a week and reservations are recommended. Visits without an appointment are accepted depending on availability.

Find it: 24 Wasp Creek Road, Boerne, TX 78006

Duchman Vineyard

Duchman Vineyard

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Duchman Vineyard

Duchman is inspired by its 100% Texan products from Italian wines. The winery has been named one of the 20 most scenic wineries in the country, featuring shaded oak tables for guests, landscaped areas with native Texas plants, and ivy-clad Italian-inspired buildings. Tastings are available daily and reservations are strongly encouraged, especially if you plan to visit on the weekend. Enjoy six wines for $17 per person with a selection of small bites for an additional charge.

Find it: 13308 FM 150 West, Driftwood, TX 78619

Grape Creek Vineyards

Grape Creek Vineyards

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Greek Vineyard Grapes

The upscale Grape Creek features a Tuscan-inspired tasting room, landscaped patios, fountains and terraces. Enjoy a classic tasting for $30 per person, which includes a flight of wines. Experience the winemaking process first-hand for $45 per person, which includes a tour and tasting. The vineyard is open daily and online reservations are strongly encouraged. Walk-in visits are based on availability.

Find it: 10587 East US Highway 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78264

Heath Sparkling Wines

Heath Sparkling Wines

Heath Sparkling Wines

Heath Sparkling Wines

Grape Creek’s sister company, Heath, is the first winery in the state to specialize in sparkling wine. ‘Cause it’s so new Heath currently offers four sparkling wines: three whites and a rosé. Tasting is $35 per person with small seasonal bites. Reservations are also recommended and walk-ins are subject to availability. The cellar is open every day.

Find it: 10591 US-290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

The Becker Vineyards winery is housed in a reproduction 19th century stone barn building.

The Becker Vineyards winery is housed in a reproduction 19th century stone barn building.

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Becker Winery

The beautiful Becker cellar is housed in a reproduction 19th century stone barn building and offers one of the largest wine selections among Hill Country wineries. Select six wines for this tasting for $25 per person. Then, pair your wine with a cheese plate for an additional fee. You can also book a private tour and tasting for $40 per person. The cellar is open every day.

Find it: 464 Becker Farms Road, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

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