Top Texas Wineries 2013



During the last 18 months, American Winery Guide users and staff visited and reviewed more than 360 wineries throughout the United States and more than 28 wineries in Texas. We haven't visited every Texas winery yet so our list is not comprehensive, but it does identify some of Texas' premiere wineries – those that received our highest ratings for service, view/ambiance and overall experience. While there are hundreds of wineries to visit in Texas - and we'll undoubtedly add more wineries to this list in 2014 - the wineries identified below set the standard for high quality wine tasting experiences and should be on every wine tourist's list!

Highest Rated Texas Wineries


Overall Experience (map view)


Delaney Vineyards And Winery

Delaney, designed to resemble an old French chateau, is the original winery experience in the heart of North Texas. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Times Ten Cellars - Fort Worth

At Times Ten, winery guests laugh together at Gino’s jokes, suggest their own personal favorites, and become good friends with their fellow guests if only for a few hours. With its warm colors, smooth lounge music, and friendly staff, Times Ten delivers one of the best experiences Texas wineries have to offer. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Cross Timbers Winery

Cross Timbers delivers perhaps the most unique winery experience Grapevine has to offer with a former owner named Patti “still hanging around”, beautiful landscaping, a historic home and great wines. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Grape Creek Vineyards

The server for our tasting was very knowledgeable about what he was serving and took his time explaining the wines to us. It was a great place to end the day sitting on their patio with a cold bottle of their wine and winding down. ~Jim Rector
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Perissos Vineyard and Winery

This ended up being our favorite winery visit of the weekend. First their location is beautiful and you're greeted with a vine lined drive back to their tasting room. The hills surrounding the winery remind me of Napa Valley. ~Jim Rector
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Pillar Bluff

Pillar Bluff Vineyards is an absolute find. Located off the beaten path near Lampasas, Texas, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, there lives a winemaker named Gill who knows his wine. Contest judges have recognized it, too; Pillar Bluff boasts several bronze and silver medals and one double gold wine that is absolutely extraordinary. These wines demonstrate their winemaker’s passion and illustrate exactly what Texas grapes can do. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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Sunset Winery

“The Best Little Wine House in Texas” – that’s what Bruce and Birgit Anderson call their unexpected, quirky winery located literally steps from northbound I-35W in Burleson, Texas. Besides being a clever play on the name of a famous movie, it’s definitely a little house where they make wine, so it’s a pretty good descriptor. Whatever it’s called, it’s definitely worth the short detour off the road well traveled. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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Delaney Vineyards And Winery

As you arrive and enter the frescoed foyer of the winery, you are greeted by a smiling staff member. “Vinum Laetificat Cor Hominis” or “Wine gladdens the heart” is inscribed overhead as you enter the Grand Barrel Room and it is the slogan that both the owner and staff live by. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Flat Creek Estate

I would go back to Flat Creek in a heartbeat, and I would take others with me. I’d love to experience the outdoor patio in appropriate weather, and the wine was good, so I am interested to see what Flat Creek comes up with in the future. In addition to Teresa, who had to leave before we were completely done with our tasting, we were assisted by Daffna (I’m sure I didn’t spell that correctly!) and another woman, and they were all equally knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and friendly. We stayed much longer than we had intended, just enjoying the wine and the atmosphere. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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Landon Winery

Minding the bar that evening was Randall and his big smile. Far from being fazed at the sudden appearance of eight women, he grinned and joked and passed menus and demonstrated that he really knows and loves Landon wines...This guy is a pro! No one had to wait for anything, in spite of the fact that there were eight of us ordering at once, and he wore an infectious grin the entire time. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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Pedernales Cellars

A nice new and clean tasting room greeted us along with a friendly staff. We went on a quick and informative tour of the location and then enjoyed the picnic lunch we packed and a glass of wine we liked on their patio. ~Jim Rector
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Perissos Vineyard and Winery

I love that they seat you and the servers bring the tastings to you. Unique for the wineries we visited. Our server Hannah was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wines we tasted that day...What really topped off the visit was when the owners Seth and Laura introduced themselves and spent a little time explaining the vineyards, their building plans, and their whole passion and future plans for the winery. ~Jim Rector
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Pillar Bluff

Gill Bledsoe is the owner, winemaker, tasting pourer, source of any and all wine information, and chief cook and bottle washer. He is also a very knowledgeable presence behind the wine tasting counter, accompanied by a consistently affable grin. He taught me a mechanism – not exactly a mnemonic device, but kind of a version of YMCA – to help me remember how to pronounce Viognier, a prevalent varietal in Texas that I have always found to be a tongue twister. He is a happy presence, excellent company, and obviously knows what he’s doing in terms of winemaking. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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Su Vino Winery

The staff at Su Vino go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and love to suggest their favorite wines. They offer good pairing advice for the generous appetizer plates the winery offers. On the day of our visit, the bar was full and the servers were working the room with great energy and passion. They loved their work and delighted in making us happy to return. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Sunset Winery

Bruce and Birgit Anderson are obviously the heart, soul, and drive of Sunset Winery...It was originally Birgit's idea to get involved in the wine industry after a trip to northern California. She is a great storyteller with a fantastic, dry sense of humor. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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Times Ten Cellars - Fort Worth

Armed with stories of how each wine is made and inside tips on choosing the best, Gino entertains visitors with interesting antidotes and keeps them coming back for more. As you enjoy your wine, Gino will even point out which ones come from their own Cathedral Mountain Vineyards in Alpine Texas, whose rolling hills you can see in the portraits surrounding the room. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Westcave Cellars Winery

This is a place I would return to, and bring friends. If there was a concert opportunity on a cool afternoon or evening, it would be ideal, with a picnic basket and a bottle (or several) of the Westcave wines...It’s a fun place to go and drink and talk wine with team members like Brian. This is an excellent stop on a tour of Austin-area wineries. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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View/Ambiance (map view)


Delaney Vineyards And Winery

High, exposed brick walls lined with new standard oak barrels as well as old 1500+ gallon casks soar up to the dark wooden beams above. The mellow lighting makes even such a vast room feel inviting and romantic. You could pull up a stool here at the bar but why not slip out to the Crush Pad and enjoy the scene. A beautiful covered patio with sweeping views of the vineyards invites you to share a glass of wine as the sun sets behind the vines. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Flat Creek Estate

Just going in the front doors of Flat Creek’s tasting room is something of an experience. The facility is built into the side of a hill, so you actually enter the building and walk DOWNstairs into the gift shop and tasting room. And it’s beautiful. I felt like I was walking into a high-ceilinged Tuscan villa. In fact, I took a picture of the ceiling! There’s wine-themed framed art on the walls and clever creations made entirely out of wine corks. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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La Buena Vida Vineyards

With a partially-covered flagstone patio, lush arbors, and tinkling Spanish, blue and white tiled fountains, La Buena Vida is a welcomed retreat in Grapevine...If you prefer to stay indoors, you can slip into the dark wood cavern of a tasting room and take a seat the antique bar or one of the tables draped in golden tablecloths that lend the room an old world feeling. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Lost Oak Winery

With five acres of cultivated vineyards, shady oak trees, a babbling creek, and a wooden bridge stretched across a glimmering pond, the winery is a great place to relax for the day, enjoy some barbeque, and laugh with friends. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Times Ten Cellars - Fort Worth

A cross between a hip urban lounge and a Napa winery, Times Ten Cellars puts a stylish spin on the traditional Texas winery. Located only minutes west of the high rises of downtown Fort Worth, Times Ten is the trendy newcomer to the city’s wine scene. With its dark concrete floors, black lacquer table and bar stools, and wrought iron chandeliers, the winery is both casual and classy. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Cross Timbers Winery

At the far north end of Main Street and located in one of the oldest buildings in Grapevine, the Cross Timbers home is a wonderful example of Country Victorian. Built in 1875, it was originally part of 186 acre farm...Today, only 2.5 acres remain, but owner and winemaker Don Bigbie has created a refreshing retreat of beautifully landscaped grounds, consisting of a 4,000 square foot red barn and a white covered gazebo, both of which are often used for weddings and special occasions. ~Adria Schmedthorst
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Fall Creek Vineyards

Fall Creek really has everything you’d want in a winery: a great view on the drive in, personality in its tasting room and the person representing it, the opportunity to learn about their processes and facilities, some very good wines – and the welcome wagon led by two friendly felines. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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Grape Creek Vineyards

They have a beautiful setting and make you feel very comfortable when you visit. ~Jim Rector
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Pedernales Cellars

A nice new and clean tasting room greeted us along with a friendly staff. We went on a quick and informative tour of the location and then enjoyed the picnic lunch we packed and a glass of wine we liked on their patio. ~Jim Rector
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Spicewood Vineyards

It’s the kind of place where time seems to slow down, and you just don’t want to leave. ~Becky Eckelkamp
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Published: Jan. 7, 2014

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