When we moved to North Texas last summer, I was delighted when we found a home close to the city of Grapevine. It has great tourist appeal and interesting places to visit. I’ve had the chance to go to numerous locales there in the past year.
When you think of wine, Texas is a state that you probably wouldn’t think of. But it’s the fourth largest wine producing state. And I do believe that my new favorite experience in the area is Grapevine Wine Tours. It’s a fun wine tasting/meal event that gets you a flavor for the wineries located in the area and leaves you with a taste for more…
I was able to attend a gratis evening out with Grapevine Wine Tours as part of blogger event earlier this week, and I can say that I’ll be back for another at my own expense in the future.
Grapevine Wine Tours offers a four hour tour in both a lunch and dinner experience. Both of them include a shuttle to two wineries with tastings included and a restaurant where you get a three-course meal and additional wine tastings. It’s a natural progression which for lunch has you at a winery, then lunch and then another winery; for dinner you do the two area wineries first, and then you have your dinner stop.
The schedule changes all the time and for the Grapevine Wine Tours (the company also offers Dallas Wine Tours), you get to experience three of seven different locations. All three places we stopped, Homestead Winery, Delaney Vineyards and Winewood Grill were amazing.
The convenience of choosing to do a wine tasting experience with Grapevine Wine Tours is so worth it. Included in the price of your tour ($79.50 for lunch, $89.50 for dinner) is roundtrip transportation from one of three Grapevine Hotels, wine tastings, your meal, and all taxes and gratuities at the facilities you visit. The only extra expenses you will have is if you choose to purchase any wine at the wineries (And if you like one buy it. These wines are not sold in retail locations in the area, just at the wineries) and a gratuity for your tour guide driver. If all the tour guides are like the one we had, you’re in for a fun filled time and will learn a lot about wine production in Texas and the history of the city of Grapevine.
Homestead Winery was our first stop which is located in historic downtown Grapevine. They had plenty of wines out for our group to taste. The ones I tried were all bursting with amazing undertones that made the wines exceptional and unique. Considering the quality they are down right affordable as well and I’m so glad that I was introduced to this local winery through Grapevine Wine Tours because I know I’ll be stopping there to pick up a bottle or two 🙂
Sunshine, vineyards, good friends, wine, what could be better? Our second stop on the Grapevine Wine Tours was Delaney Vineyards. I so enjoyed this locale not just for the great wine we received to taste but for the atmosphere of the venue as well. This French Chateaux in the middle of North Texas stands out a little, but it’s beautiful and with the grapes just beginning to flourish it’s unique in that they are the only local winery that has a vineyard right on the property. It was such a fun place to visit and see a bit of the inner workings of how the wine gets from vineyard to table. It was quite educational.
We got a short lesson in grape growing 😉 Did you know that all grapes start out green…even red ones?!
Look at these huge fermentation tanks and barrels!
I obviously know where my palate lies when it comes to wines. At the first two winery stops my favorite wines were sweet reds. Specifically at Homestead Winery it was the Chocolate Rose, and at Delaney Vineyards it was the Sweet Texas Red that was paired with chocolate covered fruit.
After all the delicious wine tastings at the first two venues on the dinner tour, you’re ready to move on to dinner. You get back on the fabulous air conditioned shuttle and your tour guide takes you over to a restaurant for your meal, and of course more wine 😉 On our tour we visited the Winewood Grill in Grapevine. I declare it a “must eat” destination for any foodie. And naturally at this wine-focused restaurant we sampled three more delicious wines.
My meal started with Tomato Bisque Soup, followed by the entrée of Scottish Salmon and finished with a Brookie. That’s right a brownie with a chocolate chip cookie baked inside. Heavenly I tell you!
Grapevine Wine Tours received the ‘Best Wine Tour” award in the Official Best of Texas 2013. They and the wineries/restaurants they partner with do a phenomenal job in the industry.
If you’re headed to North Texas and are a wine enthusiast, I encourage you to book a tour with Grapevine Wine Tours. Of course if you’re local look into it as well, tours can be done with a minimum of just four people. It’s a great thing to do for birthdays, bachelorette parties, girls night out or for team building or as a corporate event as well.
I really recommend the experience. I feel like Grapevine Wine Tours allowed me to find a hidden treasure in these local wineries. The willingness of the host wineries to make sure that everyone was knowledgeable about the tastings of the wines and the information they all shared about the industry made the tour that much more enjoyable.
For more information about Grapevine Wine Tours visit http://grapevinewinetours.com or call 817-259-WINE. You can save 10% off Grapevine lunch and dinner tours only, with code BLOG10 (expires 9/1/14).
Have you ever been on a wine tour before? If so what was your favorite part of it?