Relax with a wine tasting at Los Olivos Market before taking home your favorite bottles, along with some snacks and more.

A small grocery and wine shop in the heart of Wimberley isn't shy about its affinity for Texas wine, with a selection of bottles that may well be one of the largest in the state. At Los Olivos Market, both a tasting room and a store, you'll be able to find more than 200 varietals of Texas reds, whites and sparkling wines from more than 40 vineyards.

The shop, run by the father-daughter team of Rafael and Rebecca Varela, recently took over the retail space at 13904 Ranch Road 12 that was formerly called Taste Buds Market. Though Taste Buds also focused on Texas wine, Los Olivos takes that attention on the state's blossoming wine industry to the next level, according to Rebecca Varela.

"Taste Buds had a focus on Texas wines but approached it differently," she said. "Our focus when we revamped the store and implemented our brand was to keep the Texas focus and expand on that. Our mission, quite simply, is to bridge a connection between top producers of quality wines, beers, gourmet foods, and other products, and customers that are searching for unique and authentic experiences in the Hill Country."

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Los Olivos does that, she said, by working directly with local vendors and producers — not just wineries but breweries and food purveyors as well, for the small menu of sandwiches, snacks and take-home products the market offers. The result is a charming tasting room where customers can enjoy a wine flight, perhaps with a charcuterie board, before taking home their favorite bottles. Wine tastings include 5 wines for $9, according to the Los Olivos website.

Part of the fun of running the shop is seeing "the growth and development of the wine and beer industry in Texas,” Rafael Varela said in a press release. He and his daughter enjoy sharing with customers the best products the state has to offer, according to the release: wines like Duchman Family Winery's full-bodied, complex aglianico, and William Chris Vineyards' silky mourvedre. (You can explore the full wine and beer list on the website.)

And already, an expansion of Los Olivos Market is in the works: Dripping Springs might be the site of the second location in 2019. In the meantime, check out Los Olivos in Wimberley from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday.


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