I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a fairly original post on “Family Summer Vacations”. And we’ve been on some great vacations that I’d love to share tips on, however, I’ve also been trying to think of things we could do just around here! You see, I’m from West Texas. EVERYTHING (and I mean EVERYTHING) is a 5 hour drive from Midland. There is no such thing as a day trip around there. So, ever since we moved to College Station, I’ve tried to get all the scoop I can, on interesting things to do within a 100 mile radius of here. I’ve had more trouble with that than you might think! I think people need to get out more! I mean beyond all the kids sporting events! Don’t get me wrong, while we are sort of coming out of our busiest season with kids, I TOTALLY get that sometimes it’s just impossible to be creative and think of new things to do! That being said, maybe I can offer some assistance and share my own day-trip ideas with you! Who knows maybe we have a blog series here!
I LOVE wine and I LOVE this part of Texas! So, logically, this is a great place to start! I’m vowing to you right now, that I will visit all 9 of these wineries by the end of the summer. So, if you want to join me, come on! I’m already 1 down! 8 to go!
1. Messina Hof
Of course, I’ll start here. Back in college, people would talk about Messina Hof here in C Stat. I never went then. Probably because I was too young to drink (if I could do emoji’s here is where I would insert the halo emoji, hahaha) or I was pregnant! Neither situation aids itself to the best winery experience, you know what I mean?
We have visited Messina Hof several times since we moved back. I still would love to go more often! I love the atmosphere!
They offer tours of the vineyards and different wine pairings for every night of the week (my favorite is Wednesday - Chocolate Pairing Night). And the scenery is serene and lovely. I just used the word “lovely” I think that means I’m an adult now! 🙂
We sat on the veranda overlooking the pond, where hundreds of these little guys swam up to see if we had anything to offer.
I love this lil mossy fella! I’m SURE he’s a boy!:)
We had a great time on our first stop in our Summer Texas Wine Tour.
We had their Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and LOVED it! I’m not a wine connoisseur but I would say it was extremely smooth. With little after taste.
Here’s what’s to come…
2. Perrine Winery
3. Peach Creek Vineyard
Also located in College Station, Peach Creek is an actual vineyard which produces its own wine. I can’t believe I haven’t been here yet! I will be going soon!
4. Bernhardt Winery
Located just outside of Montgomery and about 35 miles southeast of me is Bernhardt Winery. Their website is beautiful and easy to navigate! They had me at “mom and pop boutique winery” I CAN’T WAIT to visit! I’ll keep you posted!
5. Cork This!
First of all, LOVE the name! So funny! PLUS! You can stop by for a Wine AND Botox party!! Lol! What a hoot! Cork This! is located in Montgomery proper. Their website is super cute and fun! And there wine labels…
All of them are caricature drawings and they are precious! I’m seriously wondering if this is my next stop on this tour!
6. Windy Winery
Just about straight south of me and slightly west is Windy Winery.
Located in Brenham, Texas, the Windy Winery is an actual vineyard. It appears from there website, they take “Texas Wine” quite seriously! I’m looking forward to this stop in the tour!
7. Texas Star Winery
Texas Star Winery is located in Chappell Hill, just a little east of Brenham. They are also a small, local winery. I’ll have to fill you in when we visit with more details as their website seems to be under construction.
8. Pleasant Hill Winery
Pleasant Hill Winery is located in Brenham, Texas and is apparently the oldest winery in Washington County. They have a list of awards from their wine. I’m looking forward to visiting. However, they NEED to invest in a better website! Yikes!
9. Saddlehorn Winery
Saddlehorn Winery looks like a charming vineyard. Located in Burton, Texas it would be a fun detour during a trip to Round Top, Texas in the fall or spring.
The website says their winery and tasting room is a renovated 12,000 sq. ft. horse barn! That should be cool!
I’m so excited to find out more about all these Texas wineries! Have any tips for me? This is my first wine tour! I LOVE that I’m starting in Texas!
Happy Family Friday!