Fall is seriously the best season! The weather is cooler, so it’s more fun to spend some time outside, and there are tons of wine festivals! This past weekend was my birthday weekend (and The Sugar Vine’s anniversary!), so the boyfriend and I headed north for the Montgomery Wine and Music Fest. It was fun to wander around, sip wine, and shop while listening to music. It was a warm day but the festival had a great atmosphere and we had a really nice time. To get you in on the fall spirit, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best fall wine festivals around Texas.
Salado Chocolate & Wine Weekend
September 22-24, Salado
Salado plays host to a full weekend of chocolate and wine next weekend. Friday night features a chocolate and wine tasting, while Saturday takes you on a tour through Salado on a wine and chocolate trail. You can also attend a chocolate and music dinner Saturday night.
Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival
September 22-24, Bryan
The Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival is located in downtown Bryan this coming weekend. They feature Texas wine and a steak cook-off, among other activities. They also have a steak dinner Saturday and a Sunday morning steak and egg brunch.
Fort Bend County Fair Presents: Grapes On The Brazos
September 29-October 8, Rosenberg
This is a really cool event because you get 2 events in one. Grapes on the Brazos is an event within the Fort Bend County Fair and is open nightly during the fair. They offer a variety of wines as well as heavy hors d?oeuvres indoors with evening entertainment.
Texas Wines Festival
September 30, Weimar
The Texas Wines Festival at Whistling Duck Vineyard and Winery is part of the Texas Wine Series, which is a series of 5K, 10K, and half marathon races at different wineries around Texas. Each race supports a winery-selected nonprofit organization. In addition to the standard T-shirt and food at the end of the race, each race registration also includes a commemorative wine glass and wine!
Gruene Music & Wine Fest
October 5-8, New Braunfels
This 4 day event features live music, wine tasting, silent auction, and a craft market. Each day features a theme, including the Thursday Kick-Off, Friday Rockin’ with Texas Wine and Food, Saturday Texas Tastings and Tunes, and Sunday Texas Craft Beer and Music.
Texas Wine Festival
October 7, Tomball
The Texas Wine Festival is hosted by The Empty Glass, which is a tasting room in Tomball. They host Texas wineries and local breweries in downtown Tomball, which is another great area to walk around and shop. The ticket includes a commemorative wine glass and 10 tasting tickets. The festival also features food vendors and live music.
October Wine and Sausage Trail
October 7-8 and 14-15, near Brenham and College Station
This one isn’t really a festival but the wineries pull out all the stops to make this a fun event so I’m including it. The wineries along the Bluebonnet Wine Trail host 5 events throughout the year, including the October Wine and Sausage Trail. Each trail ticket is good for 4 days total over 2 weekends and includes 2 wine tastings at each of the 7 wineries along the trail and a sausage appetizer at each. This is a great opportunity to try wines from several different wineries and see the creative ways they pair the wines with sausage.
Monterey Square Wine and Arts Fair
October 14, Wharton
This afternoon and evening festival focuses on a wine tasting trail through downtown Wharton. Along the trail are booths for shopping, vendor demonstrations, and music. The basic ticket gets you a souvenir glass and 1 tasting ticket per sample station. For $15 more, you can get the upgrade, which includes a gift wrap voucher, souvenir wine bottle bag, and access to the VIP tables.
Windsong Wine & Music Festival
October 14, Prosper
The Windsong Wine and Music festival is an afternoon of wine and music in October that features North Texas wine. Admission is free and guests receive commemorative wine glasses and tasting tickets are $1 each. They also have food vendors, local boutiques, and music throughout the day.
Fredericksburg Food & Wine Fest
October 28, Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg is in the heart of Texas wine country, so their food and wine festival really can’t be left out. This fall festival features food, wine, beer, activities, and specialty booths. In conjunction with the festival, there is also a celebration of Texas food and wine on Friday, and a patron party and a cooking school on Saturday.
Please note, a large part of southeast Texas was impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and recovery efforts are ongoing. A number of festivals have been canceled as a result. Make sure to check before traveling to ensure the festival is still planned this year.