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The Dripping Springs Wine Tour Experience
Texas Tipsy Tours offers Dripping Springs wine tours from Austin and the Texas Hill Country.

Texas Tipsy Tours offers Dripping Springs wine tours from Austin and the Texas Hill Country. Please choose from our custom private tours.

Dripping Springs wineries are a popular stop on Austin wine tours due to their proximity to the city. The 290 wine trail is located just southwest of Austin. Along 290, you will find the towns of Dripping Springs/Driftwood, Johnson City, Hye, Stonewall, and finally, the wildly well-known wine region of Texas, Fredericksburg. These towns, ultimately blending in together, are still unique in their rights. This is easily seen by the apparent difference in the landscape of the rolling hill country of Dripping Springs to the flatlands of Fredericksburg, covered with vineyards and tasting rooms.

Imagine you and your best babes sitting around a chic-modern tasting room overlooking the lush vineyards of a notable Texas winery, drinking a glass of a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blend. Or maybe you are more into a glass of crisp Viognier. That’s why you booked your trip to Texas after all, right- for Texas wine country!? You are deep into the planning process and don’t know what to book next.

Texas Hill Country Wineries organizes four unique events annually, most notably the Texas Wine Month Passport in October. Purchase a passport for a full complimentary tasting at each winery. With a limit of four wineries a day, you can space out your tour of the Texas hill country wineries throughout October. They do sell out, so don’t even think about not purchasing- and hire a driver for your day so you can really enjoy!

Are you planning a stay in Dripping Springs? Check out our mention in “I Love Dripping Springs” Travel Guide. One important thing to remember when picking out wineries for your tour is whether or not they offer wine grown from Texas grapes, which is not true of all wineries in Texas. It is even harder to find a wine that is grown from 100% Texas-grown grapes.

Dripping Springs Wine Tour Wineries

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The Dripping Springs Area:

To give you perspective, Dripping Springs and Driftwood are about 45 minutes from Downtown Austin. Due to their proximity, many groups doing an Austin wine tour prefer to visit this area. I often lump these two towns in together, as they are adjacent to each other and host a handful of wineries. Here, you will find stunning views of the Texas Hill Country—rolling hills, backroads, and large shade trees covering the wineries.

Central Texas Limo Services:

There are so many wineries in so little time. We always promote safe driving, so we recommend a designated driver or, better yet- a luxury tour company. Contact Texas Tipsy Tours at info@txtipsytours.com to book your tour or get more information. Cheers!

Planning a Bachelorette Wine Tour?

Bachelorette Party Wine Tours is a popular destination in Austin and Fredericksburg due to the culture, food, nightlife- and, of course, the Texas wine region. Check out our wine tours specific to our bachelorette parties: Bachelorette Party Wine Tour. 

Need assistance in planning additional activities, lodging, and places to stay? Check out our Event Planning Service. 

Planning a Fredericksburg Bachelorette Party? See the tried-and-test tips and recommendations from planning several Fredericksburg bachelorette parties: How to Make Your Fredericksburg Bachelorette Party Unforgettable.

Full-Day- Dripping Springs Wine Tour (Six Hours)

Pick up in Austin, Dripping Springs, or Wimberley
*Other locations may require an additional fee

Itinerary:

Fall Creek Winery– tastings included
Wimberley Valley Winerytastings included
For groups under 10:
Duchman Winery– tastings included
For groups over 10, choose from: Desert Door- cocktail flight included -OR- Austin Winery- tastings included

Pick up at 10:15 am, 11:30 am or 1:00 pm
2-3 people: $305/person + 15% gratuity
4-5 people: $210/person + 15% gratuity
6-8 people: $190/person + 15% gratuity
9-13 people: $160/person + 15% gratuity

Dripping Springs 1/2 Day Wine Tour (4.5 Hours)

Saturdays- Pick up in Downtown Austin ONLY * See boundaries map *

Other days: Austin, Dripping Springs or Wimberley
*Other locations may require an additional fee

Itinerary:

Fall Creek Winery– tastings included
For groups under 10: Duchman Winery– tastings included
For groups over 10, choose from Desert Door- cocktail flight included -OR- Wimberley Valley Winery- tastings included

10:15 am pick-up
2-3 people: $216/person + 15% gratuity
4-5 people: $160/person + 15% gratuity
6-8 people: $150/person + 15% gratuity
9-13 people: $125/person + 15% gratuity

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Fall Creek Vineyards- Driftwood

Fall Creek is the oldest winery in the Texas Hill Country. While the estate vineyard is in Tow, the Fall Creek Winery in Driftwood also offers views of the grapes walking up to their tasting room AND a homey tasting room feeling. They do offer 100% Texas grown-grapes from several estate and farmer-owner vineyards. If you are looking for truly premium 100% Texas wine, this is a must-go for your Texas wine-tasting experience. This is the best way to get an authentic taste of the different varietals in Texas. You won’t be disappointed! 

Their tasting room is a beautiful estate that was previously someone’s home before Fall Creek renovated and made it their own while still keeping the charm and comfort. Their tasting room features tables set up on the enclosed patio (great for a nice Texas sunshine day) overlooking a pool and a beautifully manicured lawn complete with blooming flowers in the spring. Many tables are also set up inside the estate to offer a more intimate setting. Make this your first stop when planning your wine tasting in Austin!

Duchman Winery- Driftwood, Texas

Duchman Winery- Driftwood, Texas

Duchman is 100% Texas wine, but it is a better option for Italian wine lovers, as it often features Italian varietals, including Sangiovese, Dolcetto, and Vermentino. These grapes have been grown in the Texas high plains as the climate is most similar to that of Italy. 

The tasting room features Italian vibes, and the entrance hosts Instagram-worthy shots. However, the tasting room is often very crowded, and reservations for tastings are currently unavailable. On tour, we will purchase wine bottles to share so your group can sit outdoors (or have limited seating inside on a first-come, first-served basis). If you are looking for a great experience with informative wine tenders, this might not be the place for you. However, if you want to grab a good glass of wine, take some pictures, and sit outside with a picnic lunch (or, better yet, a pizza from Trattoria Lisina next door), this is a good option.

Wimberley Valley Winery- Wimberley, Texas

While technically not located in Dripping Springs or Driftwood, Wimberley Valley Winery is located in Wimberley, a small town next to Driftwood. It is just a short drive (20 minutes from Fall Creek, for reference). This winery does not offer 100% Texas wines and is a better option for those looking for sweet wines, as it offers wines such as apple, blueberry, and blackberry. 

The property here is beautiful, with abundant outdoor seating and extensive large oak trees covering the property and providing shade from the Texas heat. The winery offers a unique livestock experience on neighboring land that often comes up to the fence. Again, the wine choices are not for everyone, but the property makes up for it!

Alternate Locations

Duchman Winery does not allow tastings for groups with ten or more people. Thus, we have the following options as substitutions for Duchman Winery.

  • Austin Winery: An urban tasting room making its own wine in a trendy South Austin industrial center. You may also want to extend your time here and visit the neighboring winery, brewery and distillery!
  • Desert Door Distillery: Swap your wine tastings for cocktail flights at this desert-modern distillery in Hill Country. *This is a Texas Tipsy Tours favorite!

We would be happy to help if you have any questions or other location requests! Please email us at info@txtipsytours.com.

What is Included?

  • Your wine tastings/flights or bottles at the three wineries visited on full-day tours, and two wineries visited on half-day tours (please see individual tour itineraries above for more specifics)
  • Options to customize your itinerary
  • Six hours of transportation from pick up to drop off, with additional time available to purchase in advance of your tour on our full-day tours
  • Half-day tours include four hours of transportation from pick up to drop off- additional time cannot be added
  • Private transportation and driver in an SUV, Mercedes Sprinter (Mercedes Sprinter Limo available for an additional upgrade fee on our full-day tours only)
  • Custom pick up and drop off at a location of your choice inside the Austin area for our full-day tours. Central Austin/Downtown Pick Ups are ONLY available for a 1/2-day wine tour.
  • We offer additional pick-ups and drop-offs in Austin, the Texas Hill Country, and Fredericksburg for our full-day tours (pick-ups outside of Central Austin may require extra time on tour and/or additional pick-up fees). **Not available on our half-day wine tour.
  • You can bring your snacks and drinks (BYOB allowed on the vehicle). See our terms.

What is for Lunch?

Our Texas Hill Country Wine Tours have options to eat while on tour:

  • Duchman Winery’s kitchen features a pizza menu, hummus, and other wine bites. Full-Day Tour only- this is typically the second stop.

You are also welcome to add on to your tour to visit another lunch spot. Please note that adding time to the tour is an additional cost (meal not included).

Texas Hill Country: Beyond Dripping Springs Wine Tours

During your tour of Texas wineries in the Dripping Springs/Driftwood area, you can undoubtedly find a premier selection of wine and some of the best views of the Texas hill country. The shorter distance from Austin, Texas, is largely the factor that seals the deal for most groups seeking transportation out of Austin. 

However, if you are a wine aficionado, you may consider taking the longer route to the well-known wine region of Fredericksburg, Texas. See our Fredericksburg Wine Tour Guide here. Here, you can find many wineries that offer premium 100%-Texas wines. The transportation time from Downtown Austin is closer to about an hour and a half. The landscape changes here to flat land where you can see miles and miles of vineyards and tasting rooms. There will indeed be something for everyone in Fredericksburg. 

The above descriptions are based on my personal experience visiting the wineries, my experience with the wineries as the owner of a luxury transportation company, Texas Tipsy Tours, specializing in winery tours, and my customers’ feedback on the wine, experience, and customer service.

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