Discover the marvelous vineyards in Texas this Spring through the “Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail”. For three weekends on March 28-29; April 4-5; and April 11-12, 2015, the majestic viticulture of Texas winegrowers opens up the taste buds of local wine lovers from near and far.
Although lesser known than wine regions like Sonoma or Napa Valley, the vineyards in Texas produce some downright delicious wines. All dependent on the finicky weather of winter, the crops may be large or small from one year to the next. In fact, Texans have been producing wine for centuries, perhaps longer than any other parts of the country. Its temperate weather gives way to many renowned Portuguese wines, stemming from the long heritage of the Spanish missionaries who once settled nearby in the mid-1600’s. There are at least 36 different types of grapes grown in TX, with many being state natives. Taking part in the Spring Bluebonnet Wine and Cheese Trail is a great way for Texas wine connoisseurs to take visit local vineyards, while enjoying the blooming countryside of a more rural part of Texas. Several wineries in Brenham, Texas offer boutique wineries, with seasonal varietals that can only be found in the Lone Star State.
On the weekend you choose to go, you can purchase tickets on the Texas Bluebonnets Website, here. This includes access to seven wineries along the stretch between US 290 and I-45, all within proximity of Houston. Stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch if you want! We have bungalows, cabins and cottages available to make your adventure more fun and comfortable after a long day of wine sampling.
Upon arrival of the first winery, each ticket holder receives a commemorative wine glass. Bring this to all of the tastings on the wine trail. There are many fun things to do along the way, including grape squishing and stomping, vineyard tours, musicians, mystery dinners, and much more. Ticket holders also get to take home a small packet of Texas wildflower seeds to spread some natural beauty to your outdoor habitat.
If you happen to make it through all 7 vineyards, you are indeed a trooper and bonafide wine aficionado. You will also receive a special Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail commemorative keepsake for visiting all of the vineyards. Don’t worry; you do not have to do it all in one weekend! As a ticketholder, you can visit any of them on any weekend mentioned above. You have six days to see them all, so you can choose when and where you want to start and end your wine trail adventure.
Keep in mind that Easter Sunday is on April 5th; therefore some wineries may not be open. It is a good idea to check beforehand.
This year’s Spring Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail participants include:
- Windy Winery, Brenham
- Saddlehorn Winery, Burton
- Pleasant Hill Winery, Brenham
- Peach Creek Vineyards, College Station
- Messina Hof Winery, Bryan
- Cork This! Montgomery
- Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville
All of the trail participants are open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the Saturdays of the Bluebonnet; with Sundays shortened from noon to 5 p.m.
BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch welcomes the wine enthusiasts from far and wide. Why not make a special weekend out of your wine and cheese adventure? Designate a driver and come stay with us. Make a reservation today for the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail!
If you can’t attend, not to worry. These same seven vineyards will also host a Harvest Trail during the first two weekends of July, as well as an October Wine and Sausage Trail and a Holiday Crystal Wine Trail. These events are similar, yet different. Reserve the date and stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch for your Texas wine adventure!