Grapevine, Texas, is the headquarters of the Texas wine industry and the perfect place to visit for a Texas wine-tasting experience. Grapevine's expanding Urban Wine Trail is a collection of 10 winery tasting rooms located within close proximity of one another, many in Historic Downtown Grapevine. If you want to experience the best of Texas wine trails and Texas wine culture, plan a weekend trip to Grapevine. Here's how to best experience the Urban Wine Trail in Grapevine, Texas.
Start your Texas wine trail excursion by stopping by Messina Hof Winery, located inside the replica Wallis Hotel. Along with great wine, guests enjoy the unique interior design and discussing the award-winning wines with the knowledgeable staff. The wine bar is open until 10 p.m., and its light bite menu gives recommendations for the perfect wine to marry with your meal. After your visit, head to the nearby Grape Vine Springs Winery to enjoy another glass.
And if you're feeling particularly adventuresome on a Friday night, sign up for the Night Watchman Ghost Tour, a 90-minute haunted trek through Historic Downtown Grapevine. When the guide takes you back to Grape Vine Springs Winery, a free glass of wine will be waiting for you to ease your nerves from ghostly encounters.
Start the day at Homestead Winery, located inside a Victorian cottage. Doors open at 11 a.m., and you can enjoy the local musicians as they play music while you sip a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or another favorite from the extensive offerings.
After Homestead Winery, make your way to see the largest vineyard in North Texas at Delaney Vineyards and Winery. Open until 5 p.m. on Saturdays, the winery offers free tours of its Texan vineyard and samples of some of its best wines. After building up an appetite, make your way back to Historic Downtown Grapevine and visit Umbra Winery for its delicous meat and cheese boards. For the perfect accompanying drink, enjoy Red Fusion or many of their other award-winning wines. Umbra Winery features a laid-back coffee shop atmosphere with friendly staff that are more than happy to educate you on Texas wines.
Once you've dined on meat and cheese, head to Bingham Family Vineyards. This family-owned and operated winery is often called one of the best Texas wineries in the region. The tasting room is open until at 8 p.m., so you can enjoy wine and lounge comfortably for as long as you want, before escaping for a late meal. Or you can decide to head across the street to Wine Fusion Winery, which was created to help fill the void between novice and experienced wine drinkers. The team is all about the fun experience that wine brings to all social gatherings.
Breakfast suggestions: Main Street Bistro & Bakery
On Sunday, three remaining wineries await. Get your day going with a relaxing Sunday morning stop at Cross Timbers Winery on Main Street. Visitors can enjoy a glass of Viognier and complimentary cheese while admiring the historic barn and cottage. Just down the street, Su Vino Winery has an impressive collection of award-winning wines and is within walking distance of Cross Timbers. With the laid-back atmosphere and friendly sommeliers, it's easy to kick back with their Almond Champagne or Peachy Keen.
A perfect way to end your Grapevine Urban Wine Trail experience is to indulge yourself with some wine-flavored ice cream at Sloan & Williams Winery. Guests can sample Cherry Merlot and White Peach Zinfandel ice cream, and can accompany their sweet treats with full-bodied glasses of their favorite varietals as well.