The Aegean Islands; Baden, Germany; Mendoza, Argentina … and the Texas Hill Country? What do the humble oak-covered hills of Central Texas have in common with these exotic locales? A thriving wine industry, of course.
The Hill Country viticultural area is garnering international attention as evidenced by Wine Enthusiast Magazine naming the Texas Hill Country as one of the Top 10 Wine Travel Destinations of 2014.
Texas came in third on the list, ahead of such well-known wine hotspost of Sonoma, California, and Umbria, Italy.
“The explosion of new wineries and tasting rooms along scenic Highway 290 west of Austin hasn’t lessened Hill Country’s old-fashioned country charm,” the magazine effuses in its feature. “It’s still a sea of cowboy hats and pickup trucks, a place where you can sip award-winning wines in a landscape dotted with as many cacti as vines. Visitors may flock to Hill Country to sip wine, but they end up drinking in the romance of the Old West, too.”
Stay tuned for a Texas Highways feature about Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 in the upcoming April issue.
• The Aegean Islands, Greece
• Valle de Guadalupe/ Baja California, Mexico
• Hill Country, Texas
• Mendoza, Argentina
• Sonoma, California
• Baden, Germany
• Barossa Valley, Australia
• Walla Walla, Washington
• Languedoc, France
• Umbria, Italy