Wineries (and a Cabin) Around Wimberley, Texas

Scenery at Driftwood Estate

Scenery at Driftwood Estate

I am beginning to like Wimberley, Texas more and more. Some friends of mine originally recommended Wimberley and I also have friends who camped in Wimberley when they were young. The shops, Hill Country scenery and quirky art galleries are all a part of Wimberley’s charm. On this visit, I decided to branch out by renting a cabin for a night and visiting some local wineries.

I have visited wineries in places like Napa Valley in the past; however, I’m not a huge fan of Napa because of both the crowds and commercialization. I prefer wineries that are small, friendly and relaxed. The Texas wine industry is “up-and-coming”, with some wineries located in the Texas Hill Country. Just north of Wimberley, I decided to visit two wineries in Driftwood, Texas, which are on the Driftwood Wine Tour. Sometimes it’s the smaller things in life that are the most memorable and these wineries easily qualify.

Driftwood Estate Winery

Driftwood Estate Winery

Driftwood Estate Winery

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Just off Ranch Road 12, visitors will see signs to the Driftwood Estate Winery. This winery is located back a rough gravel road but the bumpy drive is worth the experience. Since 1998, Driftwood Estate has operated a winery with a panoramic view of the Hill Country, with a tasting room opening in 2002.

Visitors can sample white, red, sweet or sparkling wines with five tastes for five dollars. I drink mainly white wines but this winery is particularly known for its reds, including the 2010 Alamo Red which received double gold recognition at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. My personal favorite is the 2012 Viognier (white wine), which also received a silver medal at the rodeo.

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I love the atmosphere at this winery as chairs and picnic tables look out over the Hill Country, and visitors can even hear goats bleating in the fields below. Inside the tasting room, everything is laid back and side items, like crackers and cheese, are available for purchase. Children accompanied by adults and dogs (there is even a dog park!) are allowed at the winery. Everyone from couples, families to even bachelorette parties were sitting on a hilltop looking over the vineyards and beautiful landscape below. Sadly, visitors will also notice evidence of Texas’ current drought conditions seeing the surrounding scenery.

Picnic Tables at Driftwood Estate Winery

Picnic Tables at Driftwood Estate Winery

Driftwood Estate also offers weddings and picnic tables can even be pre-booked. This winery is small but highly worth visiting for tourists near the Austin area. Crowds are small, the scenery is spectacular and I think Driftwood Estate would be a fantastic place to watch the sun set.

Driftwood Estate Winery
4001 Elder Hill Road
Driftwood, Texas 78619
(512)858-9667

Wimberley Valley Winery

Welcome to Wimberley Valley Winery

Welcome to Wimberley Valley Winery

Wimberley Valley Winery

Wimberley Valley Winery

Slightly south of the Driftwood Estate Winery is another winery, Wimberley Valley, which has been family owned since 1983. Driving to this winery is also an interesting experience as in route, there is a farm selling alpacas, which look like furry llamas. I’d never seen an alpaca before and had to stop my car to take a look. Visitors should watch for the sign which advertises alpacas for sale.

When arriving at Wimberley Valley Winery, visitors will see a field next door with cattle, horses, a donkey and even a llama grazing. The donkey and the llama came right up to the fence.

Llama outside Wimberley Valley Winery

Llama outside Wimberley Valley Winery

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Wimberley Valley Winery produces sweet wines including Sweet Blueberry, Sweet Plum, Sweet Blush and Sweet Red. Other wines, like standard reds and whites are brought in from other wineries (I especially liked the Buehler Vineyard Chardonnay), with dessert and sparkling wines also brought in and available for sale. The sweet wines are popular with tourists as well as a dessert wine called Chocolate Shop Chocolate Strawberry. I have to admit that I didn’t try the chocolate strawberry as that sounded way too rich. Tastings are priced like Driftwood Estate—five tastes for five dollars.

The tasting room is decorated with vibrant stained glass and outside, a wedding was getting ready to take place around sunset. The exterior grounds are decorated with barrels, with daisies on the tables, which blend well with the Hill Country setting. Families were stopping at the winery to sample wines and look through the fence to see the animals grazing next door.

Once again, crowds were small and the atmosphere is both friendly and relaxed. I could easily spend several hours here as Wimberley Valley Winery is an undiscovered pleasure for visitors to unwind.

Wimberley Valley Winery
2825 Lone Man Mountain Road
Driftwood, Texas 78619
(512)847-2592

Cypress Creek Cottages

I flunked my Girl Scout camping badge and didn’t know what I would find in Wimberley as a cabin could mean anything. After researching the web, I decided on Cypress Creek Cottages and am so glad I did, as these cottages are delightful.

The cottages are color-coded with twelve cottages on the premises. South cottages are by the creek, while north cottage residents can walk across the road for creek access. I happened to pick Cabin 6, the purple cottage, with exterior purple doors and an interior of purple artwork, purple pillows, a purple lampshade and even a purple throw on the bed. I was surprised to find even a little fireplace, a personal welcome letter, a personal barbecue pit, a patio table and even a hot tub. Cabins are equipped with a full kitchen (including a coffee maker, dishes, and even complimentary popcorn and chocolate wafers), comfortable beds and free WiFi. My cottage could easily sleep several people.

Purple Door

Purple Door

I didn’t see any wildlife on my visit (but could hear many birds) but deer are in the area. There are also some wildlife I don’t want to see like snakes and fire ants, which are common in rural Texas.

Living room in Cabin 6

Living room in Cabin 6

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The cottages are pet-friendly (there is a dog park by the creek) and Cypress Creek even offers pet-sitting for an additional charge. Be aware that on weekends, Cypress Creek typically requires a two night stay. I was lucky in that someone had booked the purple cabin for one weekend night, so I was able to book just one night.

These cottages are located on the far north side of Wimberley and are not easy to find. Look for the signs to Hillsedge Road and turn.

It’s the personal touches that make Cypress Creek Cottages special (who leaves a personal welcome note anymore?) and a joy for guests.

A welcome note

A welcome note

Cypress Creek Cottages
104 Scudder Lane
Wimberley, Texas 78676
(512)847-5950

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