Why Do We Tour Texas?

First of all, Texas is our home. We have lived and worked in Texas for many years. We know the people. We live the culture. We travel to the big cities and small towns. We spend time on the major highways and quiet back roads meeting and talking to growers, food makers, wine makers, chefs, ranchers and farmers. And we always feel like we just started.

Texas is a big state with a rich and diverse food culture influenced by people of many ethnic backgrounds and traditions and cultivated over generations. Every where we go we find people raising organic meats, growing olives, making farmstead cheese, making salsa, hot sauce, jelly, jams and sauces. We meet people growing pecans, peaches, berries, melons, and a huge variety of vegetables and fruits. We stop at farmers markets, road-side stands and pick your own farms and wineries.

The Texas wine industry is booming. New vineyards are planted and new wineries open every year. Texas has eight federally recognized wine growing regions or Viticultural Areas. Three of them are in the Texas Hill Country. The Texas Hill Country Viticultural Area is the second largest in the United States covering over 15,000 square miles. Grapes are also grown in the warm days and cool nights of the West Texas desert and the high plains of the panhandle. So who uses all of those grapes? Texas wineries can be found all over the state.

Texas has so many people making positive changes to the way we grow and make our food that we believe Texas is the perfect place to explore our food roots.

Marble Falls

Marble Falls is located in the Texas Hill Country northwest of Austin on a bluff high above the Colorado River. It has a small-town atmosphere with a beautiful setting. Nearby is Horseshoe Bay, an upscale residential area on the shore of Lake LBJ, offering fine hotels, dining and tourist amenities. Marble Falls is a favorite location for exploring the northern part of the Hill Country. An easy day trip can take you to wineries in the tiny towns of Spicewood, Driftwood and Tow. The area offers scenic drives in every direction as well as recreation on Lake Marble Falls and Lake LBJ. Can you visit the falls? Well, not any more. Marble Falls was named for the falls flowing over marble outcroppings in the Colorado River, but the falls are now submerged beneath the lake.

Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, with its combination of German charm and Texas hospitality, is the tourist heart of the Hill Country. It offers the comfortable, casual life of a small Texas town with the more upscale amenities of a resort area. Main Street is lined with blocks of unique, interesting shops. Exploring and shopping Main Street is a major activity. A bed and breakfast is your first choice for accommodation in Fredericksburg and the town has many to choose from as well as good restaurants, both casual and upscale. The surrounding area also offers a wide variety of sights and activities with lots of wineries, scenic drives, road-side stands selling local peaches, good food and stops like Lukenbach that are unique to Texas.

North Texas

The North Texas area includes the great cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, each with its own unique flavor and culture, along with farms, ranches and small towns. Dallas and Fort Worth each offer a huge variety of activities with great restaurants, museums and big city amenities. But, get off the freeway and take a trip out into the countryside and you can visit a pick-your-own farm, a ranch raising grass-fed organic beef or free-range chickens, a farmstead raw milk cheese maker and many small wineries where the owner and winemaker will take time to talk to you. The North Texas area has the convenience of the large cities with the diversity of the farm and ranch culture that Texas is famous for.

Texas Peaches

Texas landscape