I’m back for part 2 of yesterday’s post. Saturday morning started off with lots of coffee at our airbnb, and we walked over to Squeeze In off of Main Street for a quick breakfast. Then, we were on our way to go wine tasting.
Now, I’ve been to Fredericksburg several times over the years and have done the wine tasting several different ways. My favorite way to experience multiple wineries is by using the 290 Wine Shuttle. On Saturdays it runs from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and it’s hop on and hop off for less than $30 per person. They give you a wristband to wear and the shuttles come and go at 16 wineries throughout the day. You will have to pay the tasting fee at each winery you visit. I love the shuttle because it gives you the freedom to partake in the tastings and not have to worry about who will be driving at the end of the day. Bonus: it was within walking distance of our airbnb!
Now, with a group of 8 eight, we needed to come up with a game plan. Each person picked a winery. And we decided we would go to 5 over the course of the day.
We started at Inwood Estates. We were the first group in there for a tasting – so it felt like we had our own private tasting. These were probably my favorite wines of the day. Now, I should also note that I’m not really a white wine kind of girl, so I really liked that they specialized in red. Our host even showed us a new way to aerate the wine by rolling the glasses on their sides.
Next stop was Grape Creek Vineyards. This is probably one of the largest wineries in Fredericksburg, and you can buy their wines in certain grocery stores, like H-E-B, around Texas. Now, they have a rule that you cannot have a group larger than six if you are coming on the shuttle, so be prepared to split your group up. I’m not sure if that’s still the case, but it’s worth noting. Their grounds are beautiful, and there is a great patio to sit and enjoy some wine if the weather is nice.
Third stop was at Becker Vineyards. They are one of my favorite wineries because they also specialize in lavender. They have a separate tasting area for members of their wine club. Their grounds are incredible.
The fourth stop of the day was Messina Hof. Now, at that point in the day, our group was getting hungry, and Messina Hof had some great cheese plates and snacks available. I love a great cheese plate with some wine. We did another tasting there. At that point, we decided we could sneak in one more vineyard before the shuttle stopped picking us up. My friend, Jeremy, decided we should go to Wildseed Farms.
Wildseed Farms had stopped doing full tastings for the day by the time we arrived, but they were selling wine and sangria by the glass. I decided to go for a Sangria, and it was pretty delish. The grounds of this particular vineyard are like a garden/outdoor center. It was probably the smallest vineyard of the day, and we didn’t really get the full experience because we got there kind of a late. It’s on the list to try next time. But, they did have a great photo op!
Main Street Shopping
We headed back to do some shopping along Main Street, grabbed some dinner at a diner right next to our airbnb and then had smore’s by the firepit in the backyard. It was the best birthday weekend, and I can’t wait to go back!
Happy Friday eve, friends!