The Perfect Home Base for a Texas Hill Country Wine Getaway
The Texas Hill Country is famously well-traversed by wine lovers and weekenders. Lesser known is the glorious bit due north — known as the Top of The Hill Country. Here, in the charming town of San Saba, the perfect home base for a stellar wine weekend getaway awaits amidst pecan groves. Nine excellent Texas wineries are within an hour from San Saba, making it an ideal location for bouncing off on daytime adventures while a good steak eagerly awaits your return.
Book a comfortable room at the rustic-chic Dofflemyer Hotel. If you need more space or want to be off the grid, check out some houses near San Saba or consider a block of rooms at Burnham’s Lodging. Head this way, put your bags down and take a breath of small town air — it’s time to relax. Pro tip: prior to your arrival call Oliver & Co. (325.372.333) to arrange a charcuterie platter to enjoy at Wedding Oak Wine or Old Man Scary Cellars — San Saba’s hometown, award-winning tasting rooms. Snack and sip away as you plan for the weekend’s star performer — wine.
Pick up a Yeti cooler from Harry’s Boots and pack a picnic for the day. Grab takeaway sandwiches, salads and pastries from Oliver & Co. Then head over to Alamo Pecan & Coffee to stock up on gourmet coffee, flavored pecans, pralines and fudge, and scrumptious pecan butter. Throw in crackers or bread, some cheese and salami, and you have yourself a lovely feast.
Here is a great line-up of nearby vineyards.
A beautifully restored 1926 building houses the award-winning Wedding Oak Winery tasting room and their 10,000 case winery. Owner Mike McHenry is known for celebrating the unique growing conditions for Texas grape that are grown in their estate vineyard and sourced from the Hill Country and the High Plains. Wedding Oak Winery has won dozens of recognitions, most recently attributed with one of the best white wines in Texas by Texas Monthly. (Hours: Sun — Wed. 11 am — 6 pm; Thur.— Sat. 11 am — 7 pm).
Incubated by Wedding Oak Winery, the Hisel family opened Old Man Scary Cellars in 2015. Award-winning winemaker, Penny Adams, oversees the wine production for Old Man Scary Cellars, located in a historical building repurposed to house a tasting room and winery production facility. Old Man Scary is named for an old house on the family property that the youngest son thought haunted. Old Man Scary often has live music and other special events on their patio. (Hours: Sun — Wed. 11 am — 6 pm; Thur.— Sat. 11 am — 7 pm).
Fiesta Winery is located just down the road from San Saba, nestled along in Colorado River in Bend, TX. Their covered patio provides a welcome respite from the Texas sun. Heads up that outside food is not allowed (they do have pizzas and charcuterie for purchase), so leave your picnic in the car. Fiesta Winery (27 minutes, Bend/Lometa, TX)
Texas Legato is a family owned winery in Lampasas that welcomes visitors with open arms. In fact, “legato” is Italian for family and friend gatherings. They invite you to join their extended family as you sip award-winning wines from Texas grapes. On spring days, lounging in rocking chairs and gliders on their patio overlooking the vineyard offers great views and a relaxed, smooth afternoon. Texas Legato (42 minutes, Lampasas, TX)
Brennan Vineyards is a beautiful vineyard in nearby Brownwood, Texas. Housed in one of Texas’ oldest homestead, the historic McCary House Tasting Room, take some time to learn the Texas frontier’s history as well as Texas’ newer ‘grape’ frontier. The vineyard also offers various events like wine classes with Sommelier Rebecca Conley, wine dinners and Girls Night Out evenings, so be sure to check their calendar. Photo Austin American-Statesman/Brennan Vineyards. Brennan Vineyards (52 minutes, Brownwood, TX)
Perissos Vineyard hosts live music on Saturdays (weather permitting) in addition to award-winning Texas wines. Their picnic tables in the vineyard are a perfect place to break out that delicious picnic bag you’ve brought along. (59 minutes, Burnet, TX – live music Saturdays 1:30 – 4:30)
After your fill of wine, head back to San Saba. Grab a steak at Digg’s and settle down for well-earned rest. Refreshed, take a stroll through Risien Park before going to Double G Pit Stop for a famous pork steak. Stop by Wedding Oak and Old Man Scary Cellars to enjoy just a little more delicious wine.
Before you leave, don’t forget to grab some pecans, a bottle (or three) of San Saba Olive Oil, and of course a few bottles of vino to enjoy at home. Head out of town via the Regency Bridge – Texas’ only working suspension bridge. Sadly, it’s time to head home after a wonderful hill-country weekend of Texas wines. But, don’t worry, we’re here awaiting your return with endless hospitality and small-town Texas charm.