Did you know that Texas is the fifth largest wine producing state in the nation, and more than 160 wineries are proud to call Texas their home? Texas is also the oldest wine growing state in the U.S., with vines planted more than a hundred years before they were planted in California. Due to prohibition, Texas’s wine production was practically eliminated until the1970’s. Because Texas has the right mixings of soil and climate, the wines being produced now are rivaling their California and French competitors.
There are three main wine growing regions in Texas, the North-Central Region, South-Eastern Region, and the Trans-Pecos Region. A visit to each of these regions can be a great adventure that is full of beautiful landscapes, plenty to see, good food, and of course, great wine.
The Red River Wine Trail is located in the North-Central Region, also known as, the North Texas Hill Country. The Trail winds its way along Highway 82 approximately 71 miles from Muenster to south of Wichita Falls. Muenster is only 85 miles north from Dallas up I-35. The scenery is beautiful and there are several interesting towns to stop off in along the way.
October is the harvest month and until the 30th of October you can follow the Wicked Red River Wine Trail event.
Visit the wineries on the Red River Wine Trail during this event and receive
treats and wine tastings. Visit all 5 wineries and get an elegant Red River Wine Trail wine
glass! Tickets are $25 per person and are available on-line or at each winery.
If you can’t make it out next weekend for this event, all of these wineries are open for tastings, tours and other events year round. http://redriverwinetrail.com/wicked-event.html
The Weinhof Winery: A small, family-run winery offering fruit and specialty wines in two locations:
123 West Division Street (Highway 82) in Muenster
16678 FM 455 in Forestburg (the original production facility)
Telephone: Muenster; 940-75-WINES or Forestburg; 940-964-2552
Email: [email protected]
Arché Winery: Specializes in premium red, white and rosé wines and is located 6 miles north of Saint Jo.
228 Wagner Road Saint Jo 76265
Telephone:214-536-6330 or 214-908-9055
Blue Ostrich Winery: The newest addition to the Red River Wine Trail, located 9 miles north of Saint Jo on FM 2382. Specializes in seven wine styles including their Texas Tempranillo.
Wichita Falls Vineyards: Located at the western edge of the trail near Wichita Falls. Specializing in everything from whites, roses to a variety of reds including dessert wines and specialty dessert sauces.
Iowa Park, Texas 76367
Email: [email protected]
For an outdoor Italian dining experience overlooking the valley:
Ancient Ovens: Located next to Arche Winery in St Jo.
A taste of Naples set in the rolling hills of Texas, featuring a five course gourmet Italian meal baked in an outdoor, wood fired oven for only $20. There is a limited amount of seats and the meal is served only on select evenings every week. Due to extreme popularity, they get booked up way in advance so be sure and call for availability.
While you are in the area, try to stop in the town of Muenster for some special German food treats and antique shopping. There are several nice Bed & Breakfasts located in the area, as well.
The town of St Jo offers shopping and a few dining spots in the historic town square.
Visit Devil’s Backbone, with an elevation of more than 1,200 feet, located five miles northwest of St. Jo off FM 677. The ridge was once used by the Comanche and Kiowa tribes as a lookout point over one hundred years ago.