Hill Country Holiday Wine Trail

The holiday season is a wonderful time in central Texas, as leaves turn and the burning heat of summer gives way to cool, brisk mornings and cold, sunny afternoons. Cold weather clothing replaces shorts and flip flops and fire places come to life for a few special months it's a beautiful time to be in Texas.

One of the annual highlights of this special season is the widely popular Hill Country Holiday Wine Trail for three weekends in December, leading up to Christmas, no less than two dozen of the Texas Hill Country's top wineries open their doors to 400 couples, offering wine tastings, specially-crafter ornaments and general holiday cheer.

Growing every year, the Hill Country Holiday Wine Trail offers a unique opportunity for couples and groups to experience the best of Texas Hill Country wineries. The self-guided wine trail offers participants the opportunity to explore and experience as many of the two dozen participating wineries as they choose over the three-weekend event. Tickets are $60 per couple, and include entrance and tastings at each of the 24 participating wineries, as well as a grape-vine wreath and custom ornaments along the way. Couples can go to as many of the wineries as they choose, and may do so during any or all of the three weekends during which the event takes place the first three weekends of December.

As Texas's Hill Country becomes more and more renowned throughout the United States as a respected wine producer, more and more people are making the short trip from Austin or San Antonio, and the slightly longer trip from Texas' other major cities, to enjoy the beauty of the hill country and the delicious wines that are produced there. In fact, in recent years, the Texas Hill Country has begun to grow in popularity as a vacation destination, visited by tourists and wine aficionados from around the United States. Considered Texas' own Napa Valley, the hill country offers picturesque views, gorgeous weather, and top quality wines.

Beautiful bed and breakfasts and unique hide-aways have sprung up throughout the hill country, offering visitors a wealth of options when it comes to accommodations and designing their own unique Hill Country experience. From ranches and old German settlement houses to cozy nature preserves and modern spas, the Texas Hill Country truly offers something for everyone.

While the beauty of the Texas Hill Country can be enjoyed year-round, the cool, crisp weather of the holiday season make it a particularly magical experience. Whether participating in the annual Texas Hill Country Wine Trail (keep in mind that tickets are extremely limited, and always sell out several weeks in advance), or simply organizing your own wine trail outing, a trip to the hill country and its many wineries and other unique offerings is sure to be a memorable one. Regardless of whether you're based in central Texas or traveling from the other side of the country, the Texas Hill Country makes for a majestic, relaxing vacation spot one that is sure to steal your heart.

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