One of my best friends from college came to Austin for a visit last week. We managed to cram about 10 adventures into a 3-day weekend... and one of the highlights was a trip to Fall Creek Vineyards.
Fall Creek Vineyards is a winery in Driftwood, just outside of the Austin-metro. It's only about a 20 minute drive from the city but once out there, you feel like you're deep in the heart of Hill Country.
We went on a Tuesday so being somewhat of an off-day, there weren't a whole lot of people there (which was fine by us!)
The guy behind the tasting bar told us that the building used to be a house once owned by a doctor. The doctor wanted to move closer to the city... so she sold the house (more-like, mansion)... and the guys & gals of Fall Creek Vineyards opened a winery. (I mean, this is no regular house.... it's absolutely gorgeous, BIG, and sits on quite a bit of land with vineyards all over the front yard up to the highway.) But they left most of the backyard as is, converting the pool to a pond and adding in some extra patio furniture. Bottom-line: it's stunning
Lauren (college friend) & I both favor white wine over red so we decided to skip the tasting and go straight for a bottle of their chardonnay. It was VERY good.
Definitely worth a trip if you want to get the "Texas Hill Country Winery" feel but don't want to spend an hour in the car. I definitely have plans to go back. (And just a little FYI -- there seems to be an incredible BBQ joint across the street, 'Salt Lick BBQ'. Haven't tried it yet -- but once I do, standby for blog post.)