Chip and I have been wanting to go to Fredericksburg with my parents for a while now. They went to Seattle for their 25th anniversary a couple of summers ago and enjoyed touring some of the vineyards there, so we thought it would be a lot of fun to visit some of our favorite wineries from our anniversary trip to Fredericksburg this past May together. Once my parents booked their flights to come visit us this past weekend, we quickly decided Saturday would be our wine-tasting day.
Before heading out to Fredericksburg, we went to the Guenther House for breakfast. Chip and I hadn’t been there before but had heard great things about their food, particularly their waffles. Our breakfast definitely didn’t disappoint! We had more than enough food to go around. Their sweet cream waffles are a must, and be forewarned, they have the biggest biscuits known to man. With a solid meal in our bellies, we got on I10 for the drive to Fredericksburg where we would be meeting our very good friends Matt and Haley. We were so excited that we would get to spend the day with them at the different vineyards, especially since they were celebrating their 5th anniversary, so there was definitely good reason to toast to a glass of wine (or two) and celebrate.
Since we would be getting into Fredericksburg around 11:00, we decided to spend a little bit of time checking out a few of the cute stores on Main Street before grabbing a quick lunch and heading out to the vineyards (11:00 just seemed a little too early to start having wine). If you’re looking for some places to shop in Fredericksburg, look no further than RedinFred. They have some of the cutest and unique items for your home (although they can be a little pricey).
After checking out a couple of stores and having lunch, we were ready to head out to the vineyards! Our plan was:
- Start out at Becker Vineyards – it’s the biggest vineyard in Fredericksburg and Chip and I enjoy buying their wine at HEB, they’re pretty much the only local vineyard that can be bought in store.
- Head over to Grape Creek – we love how this vineyard goes for the Italian feel!
- Four Point – one of the newer vineyards in the area, we really enjoyed this place last May
- Pedernales – we thought this would be a great one to end the day
Becker was packed. It took us a little bit of time to buy the six coupons for our tasting, and even longer to finally shimmy our way up to the counter, but we eventually made it. Our tasting took a while since there were so many other people there, but we still enjoyed our time at Becker. We finished our visit with some of their free chocolate samples and music from a cute little folk band.
After Becker, we drove the short distance to Grape Creek. Hands down, Grape Creek is now my favorite vineyard. I’m a big fan of their ambiance and Italian-esque style, definitely reminds me of our honeymoon! We found out when we got to Grape Creek that they were offering private tours which included sampling three wines straight from different barrels. That was pretty much all the convincing we needed! We had a great tour led by Maureen and enjoyed the sampling from the American and French oak barrels (my dad was particularly eager and was consistently one of the first to extend his win glass for his sample). Turns out I like the flavors provided by the French oak barrels the best. I feel so refined. The tour ended with a private tasting of six of their different wines, all of which were great. By the end of it, we had bought a couple of bottles and my parents had signed up for the wine of the month club. If you are going to one vineyard in Fredericksburg, make sure it’s Grape Creek!
By the time we drove over to Four Point, it was approaching 6:00, which is when the vineyards close on Saturdays. We had a faster tasting there and called it a day afterward. A very successful day, mind you. As for Pedernales, we’ll just have to save that for next time.
We left Fredericksburg and went to one of our favorite spots for dinner: Fralo’s. There was a bit of a wait to sit inside the tented area (it got pretty cold that night), but we eventually got to enjoy some warm pizza accompanied by one of our new wines from the day.
All in all, we had a wonderful time in Fredericksburg! We are so thankful we got to spend that time with my parents and the Behams. We had a full day at home on Sunday, more to come there!